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  Jun 14, 2024
2015-2016 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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M.A. International Psychology

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Program Overview

The M.A. International Psychology program is designed for adults who are interested in starting to work in the international psychology field or individuals that are already working in the international field and would like to have an additional master’s degree that could potentially make a difference in their ability to participate in global mental health, international organizations and environmental fields. This program will bring a unique perspective of age-old global challenges in order to encourage the promotion of new solutions offering students the ability to apply a continuum of theoretical psychological concepts from Western to non-Western dimensions to further understand global practices and explore behaviors across cultures and diverse groups. Throughout the program students will learn and develop a personal paradigm to understand globalization, the principles of humanitarianism including the universality of human rights, and will be encouraged to develop a fundamental sense of belonging and interconnectedness, with the global community to advocate for social justice, social responsibility and the respect and dignity of all living-organisms and peoples adopting actions shaped by universal ethical principles.

The M.A. International psychology is a 36 credit hour program, consisting of core courses totaling 27 credits, (including a capstone project and field experience course) and 9 credits of concentration courses that will ensure graduates are well prepared to work as international psychologists and respond to the needs of current and future demands in the field. This degree program offers the opportunity to acquire and build knowledge and abilities through the completion of a comprehensive core of courses as well as to specialize in an area of interest selecting one of the following concentrations: Trauma and Group Conflict (TGC), Management and Leadership (ML) or Environmental Advocacy (EA).

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate major theories influencing the development of the international psychology and related fields supported by empirical findings including historical and current trends;
  2. identify and accurately apply relevant Western, Non-Western and indigenous theories of psychopathology relative to a variety of current diagnostic systems (DSM and ICD) in diverse case studies;
  3. identify and accurately apply relevant Western, Non-Western and indigenous theories of socio cultural development across the lifespan utilizing diverse case studies;
  4. evaluate appropriate databases analyzing qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method methodologies and differences and similarities in international, cross cultural and multicultural research in the scientific literature;
  5. evaluate peer reviewed articles including methodologies, data analysis, conclusions and recommendations for future studies synthesizing the strengths and limitations of research methods in relation to validity and reliability;
  6. develop knowledge of descriptive statistics, data management, basic statistical procedures and data analysis software;
  7. analyze the social construction of culture, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, social class, disability, language, race, and immigrant status;
  8. evaluate systems of privilege and power, oppression and domination, international variance in perspectives, cultural competency, and socio-cultural identity construction;
  9. demonstrate cultural intelligence skills, proactive identification of cultural issues when advocating, developing interventions, and making recommendations for potential solutions for cultures and diversity conflicts;
  10. evaluate the process of political and economic globalization and its effects on access to mental health and psychological services particularly for underserved populations;
  11. analyze universal human rights agendas and their application in humanitarian aid and advocacy work in order to effectively identify domestic and/or international humanitarian programs to provide assistance to humankind based on an acquired understanding that all life has value as well as societal and environmental impact;
  12. design and evaluate effective ethical domestic/international programs and interventions in the global mental health field that are drawn from current empirical literature, research and relevant psychological theories;
  13. design and evaluate ethical effective domestic/international programs and interventions in the organizational field that are drawn from current empirical literature, research and relevant psychological theories;
  14. design and evaluate ethical effective domestic/international programs and interventions in the environmental field that are drawn from current empirical literature, research and relevant psychological theories;
  15. demonstrate strong culturally-sensitive communication abilities that include self-awareness, self-regulation and empathic and effective speaking and listening skills to manage behaviors and perspectives that facilitate or impede their effectiveness in communicating with individuals, groups or systems;
  16. compose professional quality written papers and reports that are clear, concise and precise, communicating their ideas in a grammatically correct structured and organized manner, congruent with APA format and style;
  17. demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to abide by the ethical principles endorsed by the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists and the American Psychological Association;
  18. apply actions that are informed by universal ethical principles, respect and care for the rights of all life and employ sound ethical decision-making approaches when faced with domestic or international ethical dilemmas.

Admission Requirements

Application to The Chicago School School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. International Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor 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 include GPA from undergraduate schools. 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. Additional factors that are considering in admission include the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee ($50)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Work experience recommended
  • Who page personal statement/essay answering the following:
    • How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience to date, contribute to your success in this Program?
    • How will the successful completion of this Program support your professional career goals?

TOEFL or IELTS, International Credentials, and International Students

TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your primary language, you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application (TOEFL School Code: 7161). International students who received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution are exempt from this requirement. The minimum scores are: TOEFL - 550 paper based, 79 internet based; IELTS - 6.5.

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: International students must submit a completed application by the general consideration deadline. In addition, once accepted, international students must submit the International Student Information form, a copy of their passport, and financial documentation showing sufficient funding for at least one year of study and all living expenses. This documentation must be submitted at least two months prior to the start of the semester in order to allow sufficient time for the school to issue an I-20 for the student to obtain an F-1 visa, if needed. An I-20 visa will not be issued without this documentation.

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.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established agreements between The M.A. International Psychology and the B.A. Psychology program to allow qualified students to enter early into the master’s program.  This agreement allows qualified students to begin their master’s study while completing their bachelor’s degree.  Click on this link  for details.


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. International Psychology introduces the philosophy of psychology as a transformational field supporting the development of agents of change who are able to critically reflect about their identity, as cultural beings that promote social justice, and to identify and understand their impact on others. International psychology is a new paradigm that facilitates the integration of psychological theory, research and practice that is context and culture specific on an attempt to respond to of current global challenges such as trauma generated by poverty, migration, abuses inter-group conflicts, and matters pertaining to the process of globalization and environment change.

Ethics and Professional Behavior

Students are expected to engage in all graduate work, including but not limited to course work, field placement and scholarship, with a high degree of integrity and professionalism. It is essential that students approach professional working relationships, collegial relationships, and client/partner-contact with respect. Further, students are expected to adhere to the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists and American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as well as the “evolving universal code of ethics” (Gauthier, 2005). Students who choose to seek employment in the field of psychology shall not work beyond their level of competence and shall not use titles governed by credentialing statutes and/or regulations unless authorized by the relevant jurisdictional authority. Students who fail to comply with ethical and professional behavior guidelines are subject to department remediation and/or referral to the Student Affairs Committee for disciplinary action and possible dismissal.


The M.A. International Psychology is a non-licensure and non-clinical program.

Capstone Project and Field Experience

This program culminates in a capstone project and field experience that is a collaborative participatory action project with an identified local community service agency who engages in delivery of services supporting a social justice/human rights on an international or global scale. Agencies will specifically address underserved, marginalized and vulnerable populations. The project will take place across 3 courses to identify, develop and interact on a community service level offering an intervention strategy or policy development/recommendation specifically benefiting the agency. The supporting literature will be identified through international peer reviewed journals to support best practices and evidence-based strategies grounded in an existing theoretical or conceptual framework that is specific to the area of concentration.

Additionally, this capstone project and field experience forms the summative assessment of the program, and is designed to satisfy the requirements of the competencies of the M.A. International Psychology program for a culminating experience.

This sequence outlines the integration of the curriculum with the capstone project and field experience to facilitate the smooth navigation of the student through the program.

The M.A. International Psychology will culminate in a field experience course. Students will engage in one required, minimum nine-day international field experience in order to have a more complex understanding of socio-cultural, historical, political, economic issues affecting dynamic of people, organizations and environment. The goal is to facilitate the development of culturally sensitive abilities to interact and establish respectful and ethical relations with global populations, considering the impact of own culture on global cultures, and analyze cross-cultural theories and research to design interventions. Field experience project course will require the integration and synthesis of knowledge necessary to evaluate and evidence mastery competence in the field of international psychology.

The Curriculum

Required Core Courses: 27 credits

Electives or Concentration: 9 credits

Total Program

M.A. International Psychology: 36 credits

Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration (9 credits)

In this concentration students will advance their knowledge about acculturation and immigration processes including refugee status. Particular consideration will be given to the multiple forms of trauma originated by man-made and environmental causes, and crisis commonly identified in vulnerable, underserved and at risk populations. Furthermore, students will be able to understand the complex concepts of resilience and healing in multicultural, cross-cultural and indigenous communities. This concentration will prepare students to work in both domestic and international settings with governmental and non- governmental organizations such as Peace Corps and Red Cross and be involved in the development and implementation of interventions promoting social justice and dedicated to humanitarian aid and human rights initiatives.

Management and Leadership Concentration (9 credits)

Throughout this concentration students will acquire a variety of management and leadership abilities needed in international contexts to successfully develop culturally-sensitive communication strategies to conduct negotiations and assist with problem solving cross-cultural organizational challenges. Students who would like to engage in international entrepreneurial endeavors will learn how to overcome multicultural and intercultural dilemmas inherent in international contexts further analyzing the influence of historical, economic, political, social and cultural systems to better conduct business overseas. This will prepare students to work in both domestic and international settings with multinational organizations and/or organizational developers offering consultation on matters related to best practices of company’s global development and taking leadership roles as entrepreneurs building their own companies with focus on international business.

Environmental Advocacy Concentration (9 credits)

In this concentration students will further explore the impact of the process of globalization in the environmental psychology field. In addition, students will evaluate the broader interactions among the manner individuals from diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments and complications generated by this encounter. Emphasis will be given to the construction of cultural competent abilities to develop actions addressing the importance of government and community social responsibility to support ethical resolution of cultural conflicts related to the environment and ultimately promote sustainability and survivability based on universal rights. This will prepare students to work in both domestic and international settings with global environmental companies, green and conservation organizations developing strategies that will ultimately seek sustainability, renewable energy and intelligent use of human and natural resources.

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