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  Mar 26, 2023
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. 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 Philosophy

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Professional Practice

  • Design and evaluate ethical domestic/international programs and interventions based upon national and global theories, research, and the scientific professional literature to guide the development and evaluation of interventions in global mental health, international, organizational, and environmental fields.
  • Develop professional bridges within and across borders to facilitate culturally competent verbal and written communication, scholarship, and shared knowledge.


  • Effectively evaluate the process of economic and political globalization and its impact in diverse populations, socio-cultural identity construction, systems of power, human rights, provision of assistance to humankind and environmental threats.

Professional Behavior

  • Evaluate ethical principles endorsed by the Universal Declaration of Ethical Principles for Psychologists and the American Psychological Association to choose actions that are shaped by universal ethics, respect, and care for the rights of all life.


  • Evaluate major Western and Non-Western theories influencing the development of the field of international psychology, life-span development and psychopathologies, supported by empirical findings, including historical and current trends.
  • Analyze variations in International, Cross-Cultural and Multicultural research, and master research methodology and techniques of data collection and analysis.

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?

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.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of 36 credit hours
  • Successful completion of Capstone Project
  • Successful completion a nine-day international field experience.


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.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established an agreement between the M.A. International Psychology and the B.A. 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 has also established an agreement between the M.A. International Psychology and the Ph.D. International Psychology programs to allow qualified students to enter early into the doctoral program. Click on the link  for details.

Academic Partnership with the Peace Corps

The Chicago School signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Peace Corps to offer the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program to returned Peace Corps Volunteers applying to The Chicago School’s  M.A. in International Psychology. For information about the Coverdell Fellows Program, including program eligibility and student benefits, please visit the program webpage:

Ethical Guidelines

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.

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: 27 credit hours

Electives or Concentration: 9 credit hours

Program Total

M.A. International Psychology: 36 credit hours

Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration

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

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

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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