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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Mar 04, 2024
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

M.A. Psychology

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Program Overview

Multicultural Insight, Global Experience, Practical Scholarship

The M.A. in Psychology program is a non-licensure program designed to extend students’ knowledge by providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications of psychology.  The program boasts an accomplished and highly supportive faculty, who bring their clinical, applied research, and community-based expertise to each course.  The program provides a multicultural curriculum and the opportunity to apply concepts of psychology in a practical, real-world context.  M.A. in Psychology students also have opportunities to study abroad at destinations specifically chosen by faculty to ground a deeper understanding of psychological principles in a global context. 

The Applied Research Project, the capstone of the M.A. in Psychology curriculum, emphasizes the application of learning directly to the workplace or other life-context, using assessments, projects, and other measures to ensure application-based research and learning.

The M.A. in Psychology program prepares individuals to apply psychology principles across many professional endeavors, such as in the fields of human services, nonprofits, youth development, marketing, government, and public relations.  The program can also be a strong stepping-stone to doctoral study. 

The curriculum is 36 semester credit hours, and includes twenty-one semester credit hours in general psychology, six semester hours in the Applied Research Project, and nine credit hours taken within a concentration.  The Master of Arts in Psychology program currently offers eight concentrations: Applied Behavior Analysis; Child and Adolescent Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Generalist; International Psychology; Organizational Leadership; Public Health, and Social and Community Psychology.  The  Social and Community Psychology concentration is offered in Spanish.

Program Mission 

Through integration of theory, practice, and technology students in the M.A. in 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Outcomes

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

Professional Practice

  • Integrate knowledge of psychological theory, research, and professional literature to choose professional activities that promote optimal health and well-being in individuals, groups, and systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theory and assessment techniques to evaluate various dimensions of human experience across a range of contexts.
  • Compose grammatically correct papers, reports, and discussion posts of a professional quality, using style and formatting consistent with the most recent APA Style publication manual.


  • Respond ethically and effectively to individual and group differences across racial, ethnic, gender, age, social class, disability, sexual orientation, and religious boundaries.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and practices of ethical decision-making and behavior.


  • Demonstrate understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, as well as ability to apply scientifically derived knowledge.
  • Demonstrate acquired understanding of and respect for scientifically derived knowledge of the psychological bases of behavior and developmental issues across the lifespan.

Admission Requirements

Application to the M.A. in 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.

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.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established an agreement between the M.A. in Psychology and the B.A. in Psychology programs 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 Chicago School of Professional Psychology has also established agreements between the M.A. in Psychology program and the programs listed below to allow qualified students to enter early into the listed doctoral programs. These agreements allow qualified students to begin their doctoral study while completing their master’s. Click on the link of the program that interests you for details.

Early Entry into Ph.D. International Psychology  

Early Entry into Ph.D. Organizational Leadership  

Early Entry into Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology   

TCSPP has also partnered with Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).  For more information about this partnership please click here 

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of 36 credit hours of coursework
  • Successful completion of Applied Research Project


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.

Ethical Guidelines

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

Required Core: 27 credit hours

Concentration: 9 credit hours

Program Total

M.A. Psychology: 36 credit hours

Concentration Options

Organizational Leadership

Social and Community Psychology Concentration

This concentration is taught in Spanish.


  • Student choice: three courses from any of the concentrations listed above with the exception of ABA concentration (9 credit hours)

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