MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree program

If your undergraduate studies are in psychology, criminology or accounting, you will find Carlow’s dual degree in Psychology and Fraud and Forensics highly relevant. It blends the study of motivation, psychopathy and criminal decision making from the Psychology program with the hands-on investigative skill areas of the Fraud and Forensics program. 

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Credits required: 

46 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to degree:

As few as 18 months


On campus, some online

MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree curriculum

The Fraud and Forensics courses focus on financial and cyber-crime investigation, as well as forensic accounting and prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of fraud and white-collar crime. The Psychology courses address personality and developmental differences, and how deviant behavior and beliefs can lead to criminal activities. You’ll study criminal and civil forensic psychology, along with the inherent ethical issues. The dual degree program includes eight courses from Psychology and seven courses from Fraud and Forensics for a total of 46 credits. You must satisfy the requirements of both programs before the degrees are conferred. 

Quick facts

  • Earn two master’s degrees
  • Understand the motivations, personality traits and environmental influences of criminal behavior
  • Expand your network with the fraud and forensics cohort model of learning
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Career opportunities for MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud and Forensics dual degree

With the dual degree, you will be prepared to work in jobs in the civil and criminal court system, in fraud detection and investigation, and within corporations and government where financial and cyber-crimes are most prevalent. 

Many master’s-level graduate students immediately pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. Some Psychology and Fraud and Forensics dual degree students enroll in law school or doctoral programs in psychology or criminology.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.



Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer


Joseph Roberts, PhD Professor, Program Director of MA in Psychology, MS in Fraud and Forensics, and Undergraduate Criminology

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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