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  Jan 26, 2021
2014-2015 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum 
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2014-2015 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum [Archived Catalog]

M.A. Psychology

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Program Overview

The M.A. Psychology  program roots the master’s-seeking individual with the broad, general, and applicable tenets of psychology and a concentration that will support his or her career focus. This non-licensure master’s program is for those who seek an advanced degree in psychology, and who wish to apply the concepts of psychology across a broad spectrum of work and other contexts. The Master of Arts in Psychology curriculum ensures that graduates are provided sufficient theory and research in psychology and in a specified field, and it is distinctive in that it emphasizes the application of learning directly to the workplace, using assessments, projects, and other measures to ensure application-based learning.

The M.A. Psychology course work is 36 semester credit hours. Coursework includes eighteen semester credit hours in general psychology, six semester credit hours in the Applied Research Project with the remaining 12 credit hours taken within the concentration. Students must complete an Applied Research Project, which puts psychology in action, integrating program learning and applying this learning to an workplace situation. The Master of Arts in Psychology program (MAP) currently offers six concentrations: Applied Behavior Analysis, Child and Adolescent Psychology; Sport and Exercise; Organizational Leadership; International Psychology; and Generalist.  The program is designed for working adults to attend on a part-time basis.

More specific information is located the Program Guidebook

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes

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


1. Research methods: demonstrate understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, as well as ability to apply scientifically derived knowledge.

2. Scientific Knowledge of theory: demonstrate acquired knowledge of the biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and developmental issues across the lifespan.


3. Multicultural, international, gender, and life span: recognize and respect individual and group differences across racial, ethnic, gender, age, disability, social class, sexual orientation and religious boundaries.

Professional Behavior:

4. give evidence of and apply professional values, ethics, standards and mental health law.

5. relate to others in professional and responsible ways.

Professional Practice:

6. Assessment: demonstrate fundamental knowledge of theory, assessment techniques, and psychological literature to evaluate various dimensions of human experience, outcomes of interventions, and psychological issues.

7. Intervention:  integrate a basic knowledge of theory, research, and professional literature to guide interventions and promote optimal mental health and well-being.

Admission Requirements

Application to the M.A. Psychology 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 judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, and the admission essay.  Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required 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.  Those applicants with a strong work record but with low GPAs will be asked for letters of recommendation and an additional admission essay. Those interested in the M.A. Psychology program must apply directly at

Applicants should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience. In addition to the admission criteria, students must have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband or Internet connection, and the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook and, at minimum, the following computing skills:

  • A comfort with basic Internet technology
  • The ability to open and attach files from and to email
  • The ability to send and receive email
  • The ability to save documents

Standardized Testing:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required; however, students who have taken the exam may submit their scores to enhance their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE School Code: 1119) for consideration. Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, deadlines, and letters of recommendation..

TOEFL, International Credentials, and International Students 

TOEFL: If English is not a student’s primary language, the student must submit official TOEFL scores with your application (TOEFL School Code: 7161). International students who received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States institution are exempt from this requirement.

ELS Educational Services, Inc.: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a cooperative member of ELS Educational Services, Inc. which provides intensive English language programs. Students who have successfully completed ELS course 112 may be considered for admission in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.

International credentials: Applicants with international credentials must obtain and submit an official “course-by-course” evaluation through an evaluation agency such as World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc ( In addition to the agency evaluation, all official graduate and undergraduate transcripts must be submitted.

International students: Since this is an online program an I-20 visa will not be issued for study in the United States.

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 for the online program 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  : Transfer of Credit, Waiver of Courses, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Grading Scale, Grade Change Requests, Degree Completion, Degree Conferral, Minimum and Maximum Timeframe requirements, and Credit Hours per semester for Financial Aid.  Information on the Academic Success Program is located under Student Life .

Academic Development Plans

An Academic Development Plan (ADP) is initiated and created by the program in which the student is enrolled. When a student demonstrates deficiencies in competencies that interfere with academic performance, training competence, and/or professional behavior, the ADP is initiated. The completion of an ADP does not constitute disciplinary action, but failure to complete the plan may lead to disciplinary action.

Student Learning Assessment

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is committed to offering the highest quality undergraduate completion program and graduate programs in applied professional disciplines. To meet TCSPP’s standard for academic quality, program learning outcomes are aligned with course learning outcomes and guide assessment.   Data collected from the results of student assessment and the aggregation of these data will inform how students are progressing towards achieving program outcomes.  

All academic programs report annual assessments of student learning and other indicators of program effectiveness as part of the Academic Program Review process.


The M.A. Psychology program provides working adults with a basic foundation in psychology and research while enriching their career choice through a concentration focus. Students apply learned theories, concepts, and best practices to their work.

Mission Statement

Through integration of theory, practice, and technology students in the M.A. Psychology non-licensure program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will gain broad knowledge that will enhance their professional behavior and practice across cultures in the social/behavioral sciences. The students will set themselves apart through a diverse curriculum and creation of an Applied Research Project that will highlight their area of concentration in a real life application of scholarly theory and practice.

Ethical and Professional Behavior

Students are expected to develop a working knowledge of the ethical and legal issues pertaining to, but not limited to, APA’s current Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct for Psychologists; relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, and legal precedents (e.g., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, 1978) as well as the professional norms, standards, and guidelines relevant to the profession.

The Curriculum

Program Requirements

The MAP degree is a 36 semester-credit-hour master’s program including eighteen credit hours of core psychology course work, six credit hours of Applied Research Project course work, and twelve credit hours of concentration course work.  Students in this degree program are encouraged to apply course work to current work projects and thus are expected to be employed. MAP does not include internships or a traditional thesis option; rather, students will complete an Applied Research Project over the course of their studies that reflects their grasp of the program’s learning outcomes and their ability to integrate this learning and apply it to an authentic workplace situation.

There are six concentrations to choose from: Child and Adolescent Psychology; Applied Behavior Analysis; Sport and Exercise; Organizational Leadership; International Psychology; and Generalist. The Generalist concentration allows students to select any 4 courses, at 3 credit hours each, from the other five concentrations to fulfill the generalist degree requirement and are most applicable to their interests.

Required Core Courses: 24 Credits

Concentration Courses: 12 Credits

Total M.A. Psychology Credits: 36

Concentration Options

Child and Adolescent Psychology


  • Student choice: four courses from any of the concentrations listed above (12 credits)

Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate Option

Non-degree seeking individuals may select a nine semester-credit-hour area of specialization. These courses provide in-depth study in a niche area of psychology. The curriculum is designed to be completed in approximately six months (three eight-week terms). Students may complete the certificate program and apply the courses towards a psychology master’s degree, or the non-degree seeking student may take nine credits in order to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the field.

Child and Adolescent Psychology:

A specialization/certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology addresses issues in dealing with children and related disorders and the implementation of evidence-based programs.

Total Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate Credits: 9

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