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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Mar 23, 2023
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum

Dual Enrollment MA Counseling Pscyhology and MA Applied Behavior Analysis

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Washington D.C.

Program Overview

The Chicago School’s MA Applied Behavior Analysis program provides students with a solid foundation in the principles of behavior analysis, equipping them with the skills to bring about socially significant behavior change through data-based decision making and program development. Using modern technologies, students will be challenged to become leaders in the field of applied behavior analysis. The MA Applied Behavior Analysis program incorporates the content areas and practicum requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®).

Through the MA in Counseling Psychology program, students will acquire progressive diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills necessary to become leaders in the field of counseling psychology. The program also incorporates the 8 content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors to prepare students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.

Please see further information about professional licensure and certification below.   

Program Learning Outcomes 

MA Counseling Psychology

Professional Practice

  • Conduct assessments within the field of counseling psychology.
  • Effectively engage and establish therapeutic relationships with clients and implement appropriate and evidenced-based interventions within the mental health field. 
  • Knowledge of theoretical approaches, techniques, and best practices within the mental health field and ability to apply appropriate interventions based on client presentation and identified needs.


  • Demonstrate self-awareness of their own cultural identities and how they may influence their perspective, knowledge of other cultures and aspects of a client’s identity which includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexuality identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, and physical ability as it applies to their professional work and skills to adapt treatment accordingly.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior consistent with professional standards and code of ethics.


  • Use scientific research, evidence based practice and theory to inform their practice.
  • Effectively utilize consultation and demonstrate academic knowledge through oral and written presentations.

MA Applied Behavior Analysis

Professional Practice

  • Understand behavior-analytic terminology, conduct behavioral assessments, design evidence-based interventions, and evaluate intervention effectiveness, by applying conceptually sound behavioral principles to socially meaningful behavior.


  • Evaluate cultural, societal, and social influences on assessment and intervention strategies used in behavior-analytic practices.

Professional Behavior

  • Adhere to standards of practice in behavior-analytic codes of conduct and recognize potential violations to avoid ethical conflicts and dilemmas.
  • Use effective written and verbal communication techniques to promote engagement, collaboration, and supportive interactions among professionals, parents, and consumers.


  • Be informed consumers of effective assessment and intervention by demonstrating an understanding of the attitudes, assumptions and practices that underlie scholarly inquiry in behavior-analytic research.


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Admission Requirements

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Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s MA Counseling Psychology / MA Applied Behavior Analysis program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be evaluated on their overall ability to complete graduate work. Factors considered prior to admission include:

  • $50 Application Fee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools.
  • Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree.
  • The required admission essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.
  • Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is expected for admission.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.

MA Counseling Psychology Progression Requirements

The MA Counseling Psychology program requires applicants to have successfully completed at least one (1) undergraduate course in psychology and one (1) undergraduate course in research methods with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study.  Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through one of the following options:

  • A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 380 Introduction to Psychology and TCS 385 Introduction to Research Methods;
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at the Chicago School; or
  • A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course at another regionally accredited institution

Applicants accepted who have not successfully completed one (1) undergraduate course in psychology and one (1) undergraduate course in research methods will be required to register for applicable TCS courses in their first ground semester or online term. All students must meet this progression requirement by the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not successfully fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to register for any future coursework in the program of study until this requirement is met. Extensions can be granted by the Program Chair or designee when extenuating circumstances prevent completion of the requirement in the specified timeframe.  Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair for consideration.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission and in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures  : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

Practicum and Internship (MA Counseling Psychology)

The practicum and internship placement experience serves to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of a professional counselor.  Students have the opportunity during the practicum and internship placement to synthesize their knowledge, techniques and skills learned in the classroom. These supervised field placements allow students to provide direct services to clients and demonstrate their understanding of key psychological concepts and counseling skills in a clinical setting. Students are able to apply to a wide variety of training sites that include community mental health centers, child welfare and family service agencies, substance abuse programs, primary care settings, college counseling centers, as well as private group practices. The sites available for the training experience are chosen based on their ability to provide students with the necessary direct clinical hours to meet licensure requirements, offer supervision by a credentialed mental health professional on site, and provide students with the opportunity to serve diverse populations that will offer the best possible experience to equip students for working in the counseling field. Students are required to complete a minimum of a 9-month placement experience and complete at least 700 hours with 280 direct service hours during the placement. Students registered in this program incur a one-time $195 Experiential Learning Technology Fee.

Comprehensive Examination (MA Counseling Psychology)

 All students are required to successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE). The information tested by the exam covers the eight competencies outlined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as defined by their Standards for Preparation.  The CPCE is administered at least twice a year and is typically taken during the final year of study. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to take the CPCE.  Students who have not successfully passed the CPCE are not eligible for degree conferral and must retake the exam during the next scheduled administration. 

Counseling Competency Examination (MA Counseling Psychology)

The Counseling Competency Examination (CCE) is a program capstone and is comprised of three (3) distinct components with the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in the core competencies of the academic program. This examination illustrates that a student has acquired the clinical skills necessary to graduate from the program. The final CCE is completed during the Spring semester within the Internship and Seminar course (CC598). The student must successfully pass the CCE in order to fulfill the requirements of the course as well as the internship placement experience. Students must pass the Fall semester practice CCE in order to pass the course CC597 Practicum and Seminar. Students must pass CC597 and CC598 to be eligible for degree conferral.

Practicum (MA Applied Behavior Analysis)

The MA Applied Behavior Analysis program requires six credits of field-based clinical training (practicum training, see for supervision requirements) held at approved sites.  Students registered in this program incur a one-time $195 Experiential Learning Technology Fee.

Degree Conferral

A student in the Dual Enrollment: MA Counseling Psychology and MA Applied Behavior Analysis program may earn an MA Counseling or MA Applied Behavior Analysis following the successful completion of required coursework and specific program requirements. At the beginning of the semester in which a student expects to be eligible for the master’s degree, they are required to submit Petition for Degree Conferral to the Office of the Registrar. The petition is a request to conduct an audit to determine eligibility for the degree. A student who meets the requirements is eligible to participate in the next scheduled commencement. Eligibility guidelines are contained in the catalog under which the student was admitted. A student who files a Petition for Degree Conferral is charged a fee.

Degree Completion Requirements:  MA Counseling Psychology

  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours (some credits apply to both degrees)
  • Successful completion of a minimum of a 9-month placement experience and complete at least 700 hours with 280 direct service hours 
  • Successful completion of Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)
  • Successful completion of Counseling Competency Examination (CCE)

Degree Completion Requirements:  MA Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Successful completion of 28 credit hours of core coursework (some credits apply to both degrees)
  • Successful completion of 6 credit hours of practicum

The Curriculum

Total Credit Hours to Complete Both Degrees:  76 Credit Hours

MA Counseling Psychology:  60 Credit Hours

Core: 42 credit hours

Shared: 18 credit hours

MA Applied Behavior Analysis:  34 Credit Hours

Core:  16 credit hours

Shared:  18 credit hours

MA Applied Behavior Analysis Course Requirements - Core

Shared Courses - Apply to both degrees

Shared courses: These courses apply to both the MA Counseling Psychology and the MA Applied Behavior Analysis degrees. 18 credits. 

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