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  Dec 06, 2023
2015-2016 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate

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Professionals with an understanding of industrial and organizational psychology principles and approaches continue to be in high demand in the work place. Students in the online Industrial and Organizational Psychology certificate program acquire business and psychology skills to help them advance their career in management or human resources. Online graduates learn valuable principles in organizational behavior, including how to adapt to organizational change, motivate organizational teams, and increase employee productivity. Coursework covers topics such as organizational behavior, organizational culture and design, and management and leadership. Graduates gain the knowledge, expertise, and confidence to grow professionally and take advantage of new career opportunities.

Students are required to take the IO 510  Oragnizational Behavior course which examines the factors that drive productivity and success in an organization and choose two electives from an array of options, including courses on training theory, performance evaluation, team dynamics, consumer motivation, and more. Under certain circumstances the IO 510  Organizational Behavior course may be waived with the approval of the Department Chair.

The program is offered in an online format, which is convenient for working professionals. Participants earn nine graduate level credits and a certificate of completion. Completed credits are transferable to the M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate program students will be able to develop organizational assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies that are both:

  • consistent with the pragmatic constraints and opportunities of a real-world situation and
  • drawn from relevant research and theory in I/O psychology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist certificate must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Resume
  • At least three years of related post-baccalaureate relevant work experience or at least five years of unrelated work experience is recommended

In addition to the admission criteria, applicants must have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband internet connection, 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, the ability to send and receive email, and the ability to save documents.

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, 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 :  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 Curriculum

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