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  Jun 20, 2024
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Summer Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Psychology

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Students in the Social and Community Psychology certificate program will gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in multicultural psychology. Students will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, ableness, and immigrant status. Dimensions of acculturation, and the interrelationship between gender and psychology - across different cultures - will also be analyzed.  The coursework in this program is presented entirely in Spanish.

Students may complete the Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Psychology and apply the courses towards the MA Psychology  degree, or the non-degree seeking student may take nine credits in order to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate acquired knowledge of social, family and individual dynamics that affect acculturation.
  • Evaluate social and community psychology from a cross-cultural perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of gendered topics in psychology, masculine ideology, postmodern feminist research, and cross-cultural perspectives on gender.

Admission Requirements

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Application to The Chicago School’s Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Psychology is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete graduate work. Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Undergraduate or Graduate GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 Scale
  • Evidence of fluency in Spanish at the graduate school level as evidenced by the performance on the essay.
  • Essay - Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must be written in Spanish and must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization.Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this certificate curriculum.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.

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 support their applications.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School 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 does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, 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.

The Curriculum

Program Total:  9 credit hours

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