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Applied Behavior Analysis - Master of Science
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the ethical design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. At the master's level, the Applied Behavior Analysis program incorporates the content areas and practicum requirements to make graduates eligible for national board certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® in addition to providing a solid foundation in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. The aim is to prepare students for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Graduates serve many different populations including children, adults, and seniors and may work in residential, school, and community-based settings. Individuals served may have no diagnoses (e.g., school children in a regular education class or teachers seeking to be more effective) or may have diagnoses such as autism, behavioral difficulties, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and a variety of geriatric conditions.

The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis develops and graduates professionals who can support individuals and organizations as well as select, implement and manage effective systems to improve outcomes across a variety of settings. The program provides students with a solid understanding of the Science and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis as the foundation that informs Applied Behavior Analysis, the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Service Delivery domains to produce graduates who rely on the science of behavior to contribute to the betterment of society.

The objective of the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program is to provide students with a solid foundation in applied behavior analysis. Students are trained to understand the principles of Behavior Analysis and learn how they underlie applied practice. Students learn to implement ABA procedures correctly and ethically, and gain the skills to move forward to the next steps in their professional progression including eligibility for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.

Students enrolled in the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program take courses covering the content areas and practicum requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)® certification and also receive a solid foundation in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. The aim is to prepare students to sit for the BCBA® exam and for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of applied behavior analysis.

The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program requires 48 semester credits, which include 45 core credits and 3 credits in elective coursework. Within core coursework students are required to complete 7 credits of practicum. Practicum courses are designed to meet the requirements of the BACB®. Specifically, according to the BACB® certification guidelines 50% of the required supervision hours can be offered in a group format, and as such, these courses have been included in TCSPP's M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis curriculum.

Students are also required to complete a thesis (Advanced Research Project) or a non-thesis option known as the Advanced Applied Project. The thesis must be a data-based empirical evaluation, but does not necessarily need to mark an original contribution to the published literature (it may be a replication and extension). The primary function of the Master's thesis is to demonstrate that students are actively learning to function as scientist-practitioners who are continually engaged in making data-based assessment and treatment decisions. The applied project is a demonstration that the student can assess and treat a client effectively and ethically from start to finish. The applied project process is as stringent as the thesis option and demonstrates similar skills as the thesis option but focuses on application rather than research. The course sequence facilitates student completion of theses and applied projects with a carefully designed course sequence that has the necessary steps toward thesis and project completion embedded into the required coursework. Any student considering going on to a Ph.D. program should choose the thesis option.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the impact of diversity issues on individuals and society and demonstrate sensitivity and competence while working with diverse populations.
  2. evaluate and resolve ethical dilemmas in accordance with behavior-analytic and psychological ethical guidelines.
  3. establish rapport and communicate effectively with clients, stakeholders, and other professionals.
  4. analyze behavior, design interventions, and evaluate interventions, by applying basic behavioral principles and assessment techniques to effect socially significant behavior change.
  5. conduct behavior-analytic research and evaluate behavior-analytic and other psychological research effectively and ethically.

The ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and graduates are eligible to sit for national certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. 

The training experience requires a minimum of 1,000 hours over a minimum of 12 months of on-site supervised training, including at least one hour of individual supervision per week.

Courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis MS Degree program include:
  • Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis
  • Observationa nd Measurement
  • Professional Ethics and Issues
  • Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Research Methods
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Applied Behavior Analysis II



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Child & Adolescent Psychology - Certificate
Students in the Child and Adolescent Psychology certificate program learn approaches to helping young people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges, such as peer pressure, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, trauma, or difficult life changes like parental divorce or death. They learn to enhance their psychological knowledge and understanding of issues faced by children and adolescents across a variety of settings and applications. 

The Child and Adolescent Psychology certificate program is geared toward professionals in a variety of roles in educational, support and service settings who want to enhance their skills and gain the practical experience necessary to work with children and adolescents. Coursework addresses such topics as psychopathology and behavior disorders, trauma and crisis intervention, and evidence-based programs for children and adolescents. Graduates are equipped with knowledge of the biological, psychological, and social factors that impact children and adolescents' mental health while learning to develop practical approaches to well-being for this young population.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate acquired knowledge and respect for the psychological bases of behavior and developmental issues across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theory and assessment techniques to evaluate various dimensions of human experience across a range of contexts.
  • Integrate knowledge of psychological theory, research, and professional literature to choose activities that promote optimal health and well-being in individuals, groups, and systems.

Courses in the Child & Adolescent Psychology Certificate program include:

  • Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Evidence Based Programs for Children and Adolescents



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BCBA Respecialization (ABA) - Post Graduate Certificate
Applied behavior analysis has been demonstrated as an effective approach to treating autism, related developmental disorders, dementia, and head trauma effectively. The BCBA Respecialization certification program is designed to provide working professionals-including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services-a mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures.

TCSPP's board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) courses are built on a foundation of behavior analytic theory. The practitioners and scholars who make up our faculty are practicing Board Certified Behavior Analysts, who follow the latest research and know how to translate that research into practical applications for client treatment. Unlike a typical classroom lecture format, courses in this program are interactive workshops that incorporate students' professional experiences into the learning process. Faculty members encourage students to share their actual client or student challenges in class discussions to help develop real strategies for solving them and ensuring that the program is relevant to each student's unique situation.

The program prepares students to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and can be completed in under a year, depending on field supervision availability.

Program Objectives

1. By completion of the program, students will be able to describe and explain behavior in behavior analytic terms. Students will also be able to use the dimensions of applied behavior analysis to evaluate interventions and distinguish among types of behaviors.

2. By completion of the program, students will be able to define and provide examples for all of the important principles, processes and concepts of applied behavior analysis.

3. By completion of the program, students will be able to systematically manipulate independent variables to analyze their effects on treatment. Students will also use various designs and various methods of analysis to evaluate interventions.

4. By completion of the program, students will be able to conduct a task analysis and make recommendations to the client regarding appropriate target outcomes and intervention strategies.

5. By completion of the program, students will be able to acknowledge and follow the ethical and professional standards of the profession of applied behavior analysis. They will use assessment methods and interventions that are ethical and scientifically validated while protecting the confidentiality and well-being of the client at all times.

6. By completion of the program, students will be able to state the primary characteristics of and rationale for using various methods of assessment. Students will also be able to gather, organize, and interpret data obtained through various methods of assessment.

7. By completion of the program, students will be able to identify the measurable dimensions of behavior.

8. By completion of the program, students will be able to use multiple formats to effectively display data. Students will also be able to interpret and base decision-making on data displayed in various formats.

9. By completion of the program, students will be able to effectively identify and use multiple behavior change procedures while recognizing the appropriate parameters and possible unwanted effects of these procedures.

10. By completion of the program, students will be able to use effective performance monitoring and reinforcement systems while monitoring systems for procedural integrity. Students will also be able to establish support for behavior analysis services from persons directly and indirectly involved with these services.

Note: Completing supervised practical work experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board while enrolled in an approved program, such as this one, can lead to a significant reduction of required field experience hours (1,000 versus 1,500).

Courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate program include:

  • Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis
  • Observationa nd Measurement
  • Professional Ethics and Issues
  • Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Research Methods
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Applied Behavior Analysis II



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Behavioral Economics - Master of Arts
The M.A. Behavioral Economics program is designed for working adults interested in psychological perspectives of human decision making, risk assessment, and consumer behavior. This program provides students an alternative to the traditional M.B.A by offering a curriculum with a foundation in advanced psychology that addresses broader business applications to decision making, negotiation, marketing, and consumer behavior. The program is a unique program that utilizes a competency-based model grounded in: consumer, social, cognitive and consulting psychology, and political science and infuses multicultural perspectives from a diversity of market audiences. The curriculum integrates elements of economics and financial literacy including: consumer psychology, public policy, and theories of decision-making to generate a richer understanding of human behavior. Graduates are prepared to deliver professional services, perform research, excel as leaders and policy advisors, and to sensitively and inclusively serve diverse populations in business, marketing, and politics.

Program Objectives

1. Construct and interpret research studies including: hypothetical choices, experiments with actual outcomes, and field research.

2. Evaluate information using techniques such as identifying, observing through inductive or deductive reasoning, and inferring.

3. Compare and contrast elements of Behavioral Economics including: market fluctuations, public policy, and economic/hedonic decision-making.  Interpret research/theories of judgment and choice including: rationality, uncertainty/risk, social trends and Neuro-economics.  Explain and summarize the foundations of Behavioral Economics including: social and cognitive psychology, sociology and political science.

4. Assess differences in judgment and choice with regard to diverse populations and work cooperatively with members of different identity groups including individuals from different ethnicities, religion, sexual orientation, ability level, age, and different educational backgrounds in multi-disciplinary teams.

5. Generate solutions through the application of theory to the individual, group and organization including: the ability to interpret and synthesize research and theory using process consultation, assessment, and interventions.

6. Relate information in Oral and Written communication that is grammatically correct, logical, succinct and of publishable quality.

7. Manage relationships with others to enhance quality of work products rather than diminish work products including: managing conflict.

8. Develop self-awareness, self-management, and professional and psychological maturity as exhibited by the ability to accept feedback and the willingness to change behavior as needed.

Courses in the Behavioral Economics MA Degree program include:

  • Fundamentals of Behavioral Economics
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Social Cognition and Information Processing
  • Choice Architecture
  • Organizational Consulting Skills
  • Consumer Motivation
  • Understanding Consumer Perceptions: Quantitative Research Methods



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Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Master of Arts
The M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of 60 credit hours of course work and supervised clinical training experiences. Students learn to promote mental wellness, prevention, and resilience in individuals and communities.

Students in the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program gain experience and training in general counseling competencies including ethics, research, program evaluation, diagnosis, theories, career development, assessment, and counseling interventions. Students receive specialized training that focuses on community, prevention, and early intervention in community settings.

Students are prepared in the requisite knowledge, skills, multicultural competence, and self-awareness required of professional counselors.

The M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is based upon the standards developed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program also incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master's level.

Program Objectives

1. Diversity and Advocacy: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices to deliver culturally appropriate counseling services, advocate for clients, and understand how to influence policy to enhance the practice of clinical mental health counseling. 

2. Foundations: show a commitment to their identity as counselors through membership and activities in professional organizations, and through ethical behavior in their work with clients and other professionals.

3. Counseling, Prevention, and Intervention: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of culturally appropriate diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.

4. Assessment: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of culturally appropriate and holistic clinical evaluation and assessment of normalcy and psychopathology.

5. Diagnosis: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of culturally appropriate diagnosis of both psychopathology and normal developmental challenges, including appropriate use of diagnosis during trauma-causing events.

6. Research and Evaluation: competently and critically evaluate clinical mental health counseling research, demonstrate understanding of evidence-based treatments and outcome evaluation, and apply appropriate models of program evaluation.

Courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA Degree program include:

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Group Theories and Processes of Counseling
  • Career Development & Counseling
  • Methods of Research & Program Evaluation
  • Addictions and Substance Abuse
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling



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Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track - Master of Arts
The rapidly growing field of Forensic Psychology focuses on the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's M.A. Forensic Psychology program offers three distinct tracks: two campus based and one that offers all classes in an online format with a virtual residency component. Each track is designed so that students will gain a mastery of forensic psychology, enabling them to bring psychology into the legal and public policy arenas in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner.

Program Objectives

1. Develop and maintain effective professional relationships with clients, peers, supervisors, faculty, and other professionals.

2. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of psychometric theory, assessment techniques, and forensic literature to evaluate various dimensions of human experience, outcomes of interventions, and psycholegal issues.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, the benefits and limitations of research, and the scientific and professional literature relevant to the field of forensic psychology.

4. Recognize and respect individual and group differences as well as practice with cultural competence.

5. Organize professional activities by ethical and professional codes, standards, and guidelines; statutes, rules, and regulations; and relevant case law.

6. Integrate a basic knowledge of theory, research, and professional literature to guide interventions and promote optimal mental health and well-being.

Courses in the Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track MA Degree program include:

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Psychopathology
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  • Mental Health Law
  • Trauma and Crisis Intervention
  • Diversity in Forensic Psychologyg



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Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Master of Arts
Applied Research Project Track

Many companies and organizations rely on I/O psychology professionals to gain a competitive edge. Professionals who can identify what motivates individuals and teams to meet organizational goals continue to be in high demand in the world of business. The Chicago School's online M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program study a variety of applied I/O coursework topics including personnel selection, performance appraisal training, leadership, and motivation. TCSPP's online I/O master's program provides opportunities for a broad range of real-world learning experiences. Additionally, online students complete an Applied Research Project (ARP), giving them the opportunity to apply the theories and approaches they are learning to an authentic workplace situation.

The program faculty of the Business Psychology Department is comprised of business and psychology professionals. Our faculty members cross disciplines and are diverse in education and experience, representing the areas essential to I/O Psychology. Distinguished faculty members have diverse backgrounds, degrees, and experience in I/O psychology, business, clinical psychology, and organizational development, blending their multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches provides for more integrated learning across fields.

Program Objectives

1. Critically review the work of others, including probing for more information, searching for logic flaws, and the creation of alternative solutions to problems.

2. Comprehend data and information presented in research articles and apply to organizational problems.

3. Demonstrate their knowledge of test development, descriptive statistics, data management, basic statistical procedures, and program evaluation principles.

4. Demonstrate their knowledge of I/O theories, their ability to apply these theories and their appreciation for scientific knowledge.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of individual differences in the workplace and the ability to establish and benefit from collaborative professional relationships with others, regardless of differences in background, work roles, and points of view.

6. Develop assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies and convey these I/O principles in language appropriate for the audience.

7. Form effective professional relationships based on attitudes and communication skills that foster respect, trust, open dialogue, and collaboration, regardless of differences in background, education, points of view or position in the organization.

8. Demonstrate oral and written communication that is grammatically correct, logical, succinct, consumer-oriented and of professional quality. Students will demonstrate non-defensive, learning-oriented, responses to constructive feedback.

9. Demonstrate personal integrity and ethical behavior in their professional practice.

Courses in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology (APR Track) MA Degree program include:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Culture and Design
  • Organizational Consulting Skills
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Job Analysis and Employee Selection
  • Training: Theory, Design, and Evaluation
  • Organizational Leadership



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Public Health - Master
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for working adults interested in making a difference in the health and wellness of others through the promotion of community and public health. The curriculum integrates theory, scientific research, professional practice, and innovation and offers the knowledge and skills drawn from a variety of disciplines. The program is aligned with national public health education competency standards to provide an excellent education for careers in the field of public health. Graduates are prepared to deliver outstanding professional services, excel as leaders and managers, be sensitive to and understand, embrace and service diverse and underserved populations, and appreciate the importance of education, research, and policy-making in the dynamic field of public health.

The MPH is a 42-credit program, consisting of a core of 27 credits, 6 credits of field work and capstone, and 9 credits of an emphasis area. To ensure graduates are well prepared for present and future public health roles and demands, the MPH program follows the highest curriculum standards of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) for Social and Behavioral Sciences with three distinct concentration options for students interested in Global Health, Psycho-Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health, and Public Health Leadership. Student can choose to focus in one of those three areas or they can decide to take electives from all of those areas.

Program Objectives

1. Promote community capacity, health, and well-being using results from analyses of health problems, issues, strengths and the needs of diverse populations.

2. Impact the health outcomes of communities through the use of data gained from the appraisal of their essential services, systems, and public policies.

3. Create solutions for public health concerns found in diverse communities by assessing their major environmental, social, behavioral, cultural, political, legal, and regulatory factors.

4. Demonstrate their knowledge of I/O theories, their ability to apply these theories and their appreciation for scientific knowledge.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of individual differences in the workplace and the ability to establish and benefit from collaborative professional relationships with others, regardless of differences in background, work roles, and points of view.

6. Design public health access and quality strategies/policies for diverse populations.

7. Convey prevention and intervention strategies across diverse communities and populations with the goal of improving health outcomes using culturally appropriate communication and technology

8. Demonstrate professional and ethical leadership inclusive of strategic planning and decision making skills.

9. Evaluate collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs/interventions using biostatistics, epidemiological principles and other evidence-based research as a source for appropriate planning and implementation strategies.

10. Conduct evidence-based research to improve the health and well-being of the public and to advance the public health profession.

Courses in the Master of Public Health Degree program include:

  • Foundations of Public Health and Public Health Policy
  • Public Health Law, Regulation, and Ethics
  • Principles and Methods of Biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Psychological, Social, Behavioral, Cultural and Biological Issues in Public Health
  • Dimensions of Community Assessment, Environmental, and Occupational Health
  • Essentials of Communication, Collaboration, Advocacy, and Health Informatics



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Applied Behavior Analysis - Doctor of Philosophy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the ethical design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. At the M.S. level, the Applied Behavior Analysis program incorporates the content areas and practicum requirements to make graduates eligible for national board certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® in addition to providing a solid foundation in the philosophy, science, and application of behavior analysis. At the PhD level, the program expands upon the knowledge and skills learned in the MS program by strengthening students' research and clinical skills and their knowledge base, as well as training students to become university professors and high-level supervisors and consultants. The aim is to prepare students for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Doctoral graduates are lead practitioners and researchers in educational, clinical, and business settings who can successfully respond to the diverse needs of consumers of behavioral interventions and therapies, and who can teach and mentor students of behavior analysis in university settings.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program is oriented toward the full-time day/evening student, although there are many part-time students in Chicago as well. Many students work (some full-time) but we always advise students to consider carefully the balance between school, family, and work and make reasoned choices about time and resource allocation. Because of the ABA field placement requirements, students at the M.S. level (the first two years of the doctoral program) are generally on campus two to three days a week and at practicum or working on other days. The Chicago Campus also offers the ABA student other opportunities to expand and apply their skills. At this time one opportunity is with the application of ABA technologies to public schools, and another is with community partner agencies that work with underserved populations not traditionally served by ABA. Once doctoral students become certified as a BCBA®, they are encouraged to provide BCBA® supervision to M.S. students in unique training opportunities and are provided with quality high-level training to hone their supervision and management skills.

Program Objectives

1. Explain and behave in accordance with ethical and professional standards of the field of applied behavior analysis.

2. Describe and explain behavior in behavior-analytic language, using behavioral concepts and principles and in accordance with the philosophic assumptions of behavior analysis.

3. Define and measure various dimensions of behavior, display and interpret behavioral data, and evaluate measurement procedures.

4. Identify and use various experimental designs and evaluate research and interventions effectively and ethically.

5. Assess individual behavior and recommend function-based interventions.

6. Describe and use behavior-analytic procedures to  produce   short- and long-term benefits for clients.

7. Describe and use systems of self-management, teaching, and training to produce short- and long-term benefits for clients.

8. Identify and recommend effective interventions and state and plan for possible unwanted effects of those interventions.

9. Provide for ongoing documentation, implementation, evaluation, and termination of behavioral services, including staff training and environmental support.

10. Describe multicultural and diversity issues and the historical variables that contribute to them, and apply the analysis to solving individual and social problems.

11. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats, for varying reasons, and with various groups of people.

Courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis PhD Degree program include:

  • Advanced Professional Development
  • Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Foundations of Behavioral Acquisition
  • Research in Psychology and Education
  • Statistical Analysis I
  • Supervision and Consulting in ABA



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Business Psychology, Consulting Track - Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. Business Psychology (Consulting Track) is a post-master's doctoral program that trains doctoral-level psychologists for a career in academic research as well as for corporate, consulting, and other work settings. The curriculum is a unique blend of clinical and organizational psychology integrated with business courses that prepares students to conduct empirical research with a multi-disciplinary approach that contributes to the body of knowledge referenced to solve individual, group and organizational problems in business environments, The program combines research skills with psychological theory to help graduates succeed in their roles as academicians, organizational leaders, or consultants.

Program Objectives

Critical Thinking: critically review the work of others, including probing for more information, searching for logic flaws, and the creation of alternative solutions to problems.

Research Utilization: demonstrate comprehension of data and information presented in research articles and ability to pull out relevant information to produce research in the field.

Research Skills: demonstrate knowledge of effective and ethical application of test development, descriptive statistics, data management, basic statistical procedures and program evaluation principles.

Content Knowledge:  demonstrate use of open systems thinking and critical analysis to drive empirical research that supports evidence-based practice.

Diversity:  demonstrate knowledge of the role of individual differences in the workplace and the ability to establish and benefit from collaborative professional relationships with others, regardless of differences in background, work roles, and points of view.

Ethics: demonstrate personal integrity and ethical behavior in their professional practice.

Professional Behavior: demonstrate professional behavior through decision-making based on ethical considerations and guidelines that provide appropriate business recommendations to clients.

Interpersonal Skills: demonstrate the ability to form effective professional relationships based on attitudes and communication skills that foster respect, trust, open dialogue, and collaboration, regardless of differences in background, education, points of view or position in the organization.

Communication: demonstrate oral and written communication that is grammatically correct, logical, succinct, and of publishable quality. Students will demonstrate non-defensive, learning-oriented, responses to constructive feedback from peer reviewers and colleagues.

Individual Assessment and Intervention: demonstrate critical evaluation of individual work-related assessment strategies and the ability to design and implement competency-based managerial/leadership assessments.

Business Skills: collect, interpret and integrate business factors and dynamics that lead to the effective design and delivery of appropriate organizational feedback and interventions.

Consulting Skills: demonstrate sufficient business literacy to effectively assess an organization's environment (including market conditions, competitive position and options, corporate strategies, stakeholders, organization design and operations) and to appropriately advise the organization on major business initiatives including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, project management, market repositioning, etc.

Group Facilitation: apply social psychology and related theories to facilitate group and team processes and develop cohesion and productivity at the unit, division, and enterprise level.

Courses in the Business Psychology, Consulting Track PhD Degree program include:

  • Social Psychology/Behavioral Economics
  • Individual Interviewing and Assessment
  • Business Development for Consulting Psychologists
  • Professional Coaching
  • Intergroup Conflict Resolution
  • Group Facilitation



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International Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. in International Psychology is a three year, post-master's program offered in a unique format tailored to the needs of busy working professionals. Students take one course at a time, progressing through the program in a cohort.

This program is particularly appropriate for professionals who work or desire to work for multinational corporations, international non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations (e.g. UN organizations), governmental agencies, and faith based organizations with international missions.

Graduates are equipped with advanced research and program evaluation skills coupled with a rich appreciation for the individual and group consequences of global events--preparing them to apply psychological principles in the development of policy; assist individuals and organizations with understanding and collaborating with diverse cultural populations and all levels of international organizations and functional systems; and design and evaluate the efficacy of international programs.

The International Psychology program is taught in online and blended formats. This is a non-licensure, post-masters, 60 graduate semester hour, three year-long degree for individuals working in or desiring to work in the international arena. The program is designed for working professionals.

Courses in the International Psychology PhD Degree program include:

  • History & Systems of Psychology: A Global Perspective
  • A Cross-Cultural Perspectives of International Populations
  • The Psychology of Political Systems: Psychological, Sociocultural & Political Dimensions of Organizations
  • Underserved Populations: A Humanitarian Approach
  • Diversity in Psychology I: Cross-Cultural Communication



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Organizational Psychology - Doctor of Philosophy
Our Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership is a three-year, post-master's program offered in a unique format tailored to the needs of busy working professionals. Students take just one or two courses at a time and progress through the program in a cohort. Our curriculum includes coursework in leadership, research, ethics, interpersonal dynamics, and a range of electives to support each student's unique career goals--preparing graduates to apply the principles of psychology and leadership theory in a broad range of settings, to more effectively lead individuals and organizations to success. Graduates are able to select, implement, and manage appropriate leadership methodologies to meet individual, group and organizational needs in non-profit, for-profit, and pastoral settings.

Courses in the Organizational Psychology PhD Degree program include:

  • Personality and Life Span in the Workplace
  • Group and Team Leadership
  • Management Philosophy and Practice
  • Emerging Theories of Leadership
  • Ethical and Cultural Considerations



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Psychology - Master of Arts
The Master of Arts in Psychology is an online program that roots the master's-seeking individual with the basics of psychology and a concentration which will support his or her career focus. This non-licensure master's program is for the practitioner, seeking an advanced degree in psychology. The Chicago School ensures that graduates have sufficient theory and research in psychology and in a specified field, but it is distinctive in that it applies learning directly to the workplace, using assessment, projects, and other measures to ensure application-based learning.

Intensive course work, offered in eight week terms, balances theory and practice. The course work is 36 semester credit hours, is completed in less than two years, and is designed for working adults to attend on a part-time basis. If life and work situations allow students to attend full time the program may be completed in 11 months. Course work includes eighteen semester credit hours in foundational psychology, six semester credit hours in the Applied Research Project with the remaining 12 credit hours taken within the concentration track.

The M.A. in Psychology (MAP) is an online program that includes a "virtual residency" component--a one or two-hour session (each term) in which all students are expected to be online simultaneously. This accelerated track is designed for working adults who desire advanced skills and knowledge in human behavior with an emphasis in an identified concentration. This program builds upon the self-direction and experience of adult learners. Students must complete an Applied Research Project, which puts psychology in action, integrating program learning and applying this learning to an authentic workplace situation.

MAP currently offers six concentrations: Child and Adolescent Psychology; Gerontology; Sport and Exercise; Organizational Leadership; International Psychology; and Generalist. In addition to the MAP program, The Chicago School also offers an online Master of Arts in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Applied Forensic Services through the ExCEL program, both designed for students seeking to enhance or to change careers. For students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this time, there is an option to earn a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology. The certificate program requires the completion of nine credits.

The Chicago School also offers an on-ground M.A. programs in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Forensic Psychology. These two programs are offered at the Chicago and Los Angeles campuses. The M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of work environments and requires two internships. The M.A. in Forensic offers three tracks: Licensure, Non-Practice Licensure, and Thesis. The Licensure and Non-Practice Licensure provide students with on-site practical training. Students pursuing the thesis path generally are considering further graduate training.

Core courses in the Psychology MA Degree program include:
  • Professional Ethics and Issues
  • Diversity and Psychology
  • Psychology of Life Span
  • Applied Research Project I and II
  • Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
Courses in the Organizational Leadership concentration include:
  • 21st Century Leadership Models
  • The New Psychological Science of Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Gender and Leadership Style
Courses in the International Psychology concentration include:
  • The Social Psychology of Cultures
  • Stereotyping Behavior, Attitude, and Values
  • International Psychology of Gender
  • Acculturation
For the Generalist concentration, students choose 4 course from the above concentration courses.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online

The Chicago School is the nation's oldest and largest graduate school focused exclusively on psychology and related behavioral sciences. As a professional school, our focus is not strictly on research and theory, but on preparing students to become outstanding practitioners, providing direct service to help individuals and organizations thrive.

We prepare our students with superior theoretical and classroom preparation—coupled with an unrivaled range of real-world training experiences; opportunities to build their multicultural and global sophistication; and ongoing personal and professional mentorship from faculty who are active leaders in their fields. Chicago School students graduate with the knowledge and practical skills they need to make an impact in the world and achieve their goals.

Online Learning:

A number of our programs are taught predominantly online with a small “synchronous virtual residency” component (a one or two-hour session each term in which all students are expected to be online simultaneously), while other programs are offered in a "blended" format that combines both online and on-campus learning.

Financing Options:

Installment payment plan available. Term, tuition for active-duty military will be at the in-state rate with proof of active-duty status.

Each student will be given careful consideration and the university will determine financial assistance based on federal, state, and institutional guidelines. FAFSA School Code is B07022.
Accreditation:

The Chicago School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy.