The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
What It’s Known For
The Chicago School is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution with more than 4,285 students at campuses across the country (Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.) and online. TCSPP has been an innovator in the field of psychology and related behavioral science for more than 30 years. TCSPP offers more than 20 degree programs and a wealth of opportunities for international experiences.
The Chicago School offers a variety of online certificate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, allowing you to find a program that both fits your career goals and works with your schedule.
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The Chicago School is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology—which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy.
The Master of Arts in Behavioral Economics (MABE) is 40 credit hours in total and includes classwork in: consulting, social, cognitive and consumer psychology, statistics, public policy, economics and finance, and game theory. Faculty will lead students in online discussions, group activities, quizzes, and reflective writing assignments. Classes will be held online in 7 week terms.
The MABE program is designed for working adults interested in psychological perspectives of human decision making, risk assessment, and consumer behavior. This program provides students an alternative to the traditional M.B.A by offering a curriculum with a foundation in advanced psychology that addresses broader business applications to decision making, negotiation, marketing, and consumer behavior. The MABE program is a unique program that utilizes a competency-based model grounded in: consumer, social, cognitive and consulting psychology and political science and infuses multicultural perspectives from a diversity of market audiences. The curriculum integrates elements of economics and financial literacy including: consumer psychology, public policy, and theories of decision-making to generate a richer understanding of human behavior. Graduates are prepared to deliver outstanding professional services, perform research,, excel as leaders and policy advisors, and to sensitively and inclusively serve diverse populations in business, marketing, and politics.
The online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at The Chicago School prepares students to provide high-quality mental health services to a diverse clientele in a variety of community settings. The program includes in-depth training in all aspects of the counseling profession, including ethics, research, program evaluation, and diagnosis, and provides students with skills specific to clinical mental health counseling such as prevention, early intervention, assessment and advocacy. Offered as an online degree, the program provides students with an innovative way to attain a licensure preparation master’s degree.
This online master’s program combines rigorous coursework with residencies and supervised clinical training that provide opportunities to put theory into practice in real-world settings. Graduates will be prepared to provide counseling services to individuals, families, couples and groups, and will have the skills to help clients work through a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties and suicidal impulses.
The M.A. CMHC online program is based upon the standards developed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program also incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.
Acknowledged for its commitment to diversity, The Chicago School recognizes that service to a diverse community plays a vital role in professional counseling. Through its program, the Counseling Department embraces this commitment through the integration of multicultural education and diversity across its curriculum; successful students demonstrate an appreciation for and competency in this area. Likewise, the faculty reflects experience in graduate level teaching and counseling practice with diverse clinical populations. This program seeks to serve a diverse student body throughout the country.
The online M.A. International Psychology program prepares students to use the theory and practice of psychology to provide services to individuals and groups working in international settings or those whose work involves addressing international issues. Students will learn to apply both Western and non-Western theoretical concepts to the development of effective global practices and the interpretation and management of behaviors across diverse cultures. Graduates are prepared to excel as leaders sensitive to cultural differences and prepared to promote social justice in an increasingly globalized world.
As the first graduate school in the nation to develop a Ph.D. in International Psychology, The Chicago School is uniquely qualified to offer this program, which has been designed for working adults embarking on a career in international psychology or those working in the international arena who want to make a difference in the fields of mental health, human capacity building, organizational development or environmental advocacy. A flexible and convenient online delivery model enables students to take courses from home, while hands-on training opportunities reinforce concepts learned in the virtual classroom.
Students will benefit from a choice of three unique concentration areas including Trauma and Group Conflict, Management and Leadership, or Environmental Advocacy. In addition, students will be required to participate in at least one international field experience (9 days or more) to gain further understanding of complex socio-cultural, political, and economic global structures.
The online M.A. in International Psychology program does not lead to licensure or certification.
Designed for working professionals, the M.A. program in Organizational Leadership prepares students to effectively apply the psychological theories of leadership to a constantly evolving business climate. Students will master skills necessary to increase organizational effectiveness and employee well-being.
Many individuals choose to gain broad knowledge in all areas of psychology rather than specializing in one particular area such as school psychology, or forensic psychology. Rather, psychology “generalists” study many aspects of human behavior and mental processes—such as emotion, cognition, decision making, consumer behavior, culture, personality development, social relationships, group dynamics, and normal vs. abnormal behavior.
- Child and Adolescent Psychology
- International Psychology
- Psychology Generalist
- Organizational Leadership
Select scholarships are available for students who qualify.
The Chicago School's online M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track program is designed for students who wish to learn how to apply psychological theories to the juvenile, civil, and criminal justice systems.
This online master's program in forensic psychology is ideal for professionals in the legal and public policy arenas, including those currently employed in corrections, law enforcement, and the military. Individuals working in victim's assistance programs, treatment facilities, and within social services agencies will also benefit from this specialized degree.
Forensic Psychology students at TCSPP will learn strategies that apply psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields. The Chicago School's M.A. in Forensic Psychology: Non-Licensure Track program covers a variety of topics, including:
Many companies and organizations rely on I/O psychology professionals to gain a competitive edge. Professionals who can identify what motivates individuals and teams to meet organizational goals continue to be in high demand in the world of business.
The Chicago School's online M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program study a variety of applied I/O coursework topics including personnel selection, performance appraisal training, leadership, and motivation. TCSPP's online I/O master's program provides opportunities for a broad range of real-world learning experiences. Additionally, online students complete an Applied Research Project (ARP), giving them the opportunity to apply the theories and approaches they are learning to an authentic workplace situation.
The program faculty of the Business Psychology Department is comprised of business and psychology professionals. Our faculty members cross disciplines and are diverse in education and experience, representing the areas essential to I/O Psychology. Distinguished faculty members have diverse backgrounds, degrees, and experience in I/O psychology, business, clinical psychology, and organizational development, blending their multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches provides for more integrated learning across fields.
Applied Behavior Analysis is the ethical design, implementation and evaluation of environmental changes to produce socially significant improvements in behavior. At the master’s level, the Applied Behavior Analysis program incorporates the content areas and practicum requirements to make graduates eligible for national board certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® in addition to providing a solid foundation in clinical psychology skills. The aim is to prepare students for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Graduates may work in residential, school, and community-based settings with a wide variety of clients including children, adults, and seniors. Clients may have no diagnoses (e.g., school children in a regular education class or teachers seeking to be more effective) or may have diagnoses such as autism, behavioral difficulties, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and a variety of geriatric conditions. Doctoral graduates are lead practitioners and researchers in educational, clinical, and business settings who can successfully respond to the diverse needs of consumers of behavioral interventions and therapies.
Childhood and adolescent psychology specialists assist young people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges such as peer pressure, body image, experimenting with drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, or coping with difficult life changes like parental divorce or death. Child and adolescent psychology professionals work in a wide variety of settings, from nonprofit agencies and community centers to public and private schools to private practice. They conduct formal diagnostic tests, provide counseling and other therapeutic services, develop community-based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, serve as mentors, and more.
Increased opportunity for success is just one of the many benefits you’ll enjoy by enrolling in the online-blended I/O Psychology Certificate offered by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Designed for working professionals like you who are eager to further their careers, The Chicago School’s accelerated I/O certificate program gives you the opportunity to increase your marketable expertise in applying psychology principles to the workplace to improve organizational performance and employee effectiveness, all while allowing you to maintain your work/life balance.
Best of all, the flexible nature of the curriculum allows you to design a customized course of study that fits your own interests and professional goals. You will take one required course, IO 510 Organizational Behavior, and choose two electives from a diverse array of options, including courses on training theory, performance evaluation, team dynamics, consumer motivation, and more. Your certificate can have applications in health care, human resources, management, retail, and many other industries and fields.
Open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree, the online-blended I/O Generalist Certificate offered by The Chicago School consists of three seven-week online learning sessions, with a week-long break between them.
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The M.A. in Clinical Psychology program Specialization Martial and Family Therapy (MFT) provides strong preparation in the development of essential diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative skills in order to work with a variety of clinical populations- ranging from children to the elderly- and with a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and problems. Graduates will have the training to work in a variety of clinical settings, and with required licensure, independent practice. The program has adopted the practitioner-scholar model which is predicated on the belief that a competent mental health practitioner must have both a broad knowledge of the scientific and theoretical principles in the clinical practice of Marital and Family Therapy and the ability to apply that knowledge to specific clinical situations. The program also incorporates the content areas outlined by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.
A master’s degree in Forensic Psychology will open doors to a variety of professional opportunities that apply the art and science of psychology to the understanding and functioning of legal and related fields.
Students obtain a solid understanding of a range of issues, such as juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, child custody, domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, victimology, insanity and competency to stand trial, sexual offenders, violence and risk assessment, and expert testimony.
Students in the program have the opportunity to take advantage of the school’s proximity to key agencies important to study in this field—organizations such as the FBI, NCIS, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Virginia Department of Corrections. Through a range of community partnerships, faculty members integrate the resources of such agencies through site visits, courtroom observations, field research, internships, and distinguished speakers. Students also benefit from a variety of applied learning experiences rarely available at other schools and are prepared to practice forensic psychology in an ethical, academically informed, and research-based manner.
Many companies rely on I/O psychology professionals to gain a competitive edge. Professionals who can identify what motivates individuals and teams to meet organizational goals continue to be in high demand in the world of business.
Students in the M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program study a variety of applied I/O coursework topics including personnel selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, and motivation. The Chicago School's Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Internship/Thesis master's program prepares graduates to apply principles of psychology and business to effectively guide organizations and individuals to success. Students benefit from exceptional theoretical classroom training coupled with opportunities for a broad range of real-world learning experiences.
The program faculty of the I/O and Business Psychology Department is comprised of business and psychology professionals. By design, our faculty members cross disciplines and are diverse in education and experience, representing the areas essential to our conceptualization of business psychology. Distinguished faculty members have diverse backgrounds and degrees in I/O psychology, business, clinical psychology, and organizational development. Blending their multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches provides for more integrated learning across fields.
Businesses, large and small, increasingly recognize the critical distinction between a manager and a leader. A leader is someone who paints a vision and inspires employees to work effectively toward achieving it. In an increasingly global environment, today’s organizations are looking for value-based, visionary leadership. The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program prepares leaders of tomorrow with coursework in human diversity and ethics, research strategies, strategic change management, teambuilding, organizational interventions, interpersonal dynamics, leadership methodologies, and a range of electives to support each student’s individual career goals.
The Doctor of Psychology in Applied Clinical Psychology Post Master’s Program is based upon the practitioner-scholar model of education, integrating eight core competencies developed by the educational model of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Psychology Department faculty are actively engaged in practice and scholarship, and incorporate a wide variety of clinical examples into classroom activities. Students learn through rigorous coursework, challenging practica, an integrative Internship and an innovative, applicable dissertation. The Doctor of Psychology Program is recognized for its excellent training in culturally competent service provision and offers students a remarkably wide variety of training opportunities.
Chicago School’s Clinical Psy.D. program, is based on a practitioner-scholar model of training, which focuses on providing students with a broad knowledge of scientific and theoretical clinical psychology principles that can be applied with a variety of clinical disorders in diverse populations. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is the highest degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Doctoral students will choose from concentrations in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Forensic Psychology, International/Multicultural Psychology, and General Clinical Psychology.
Graduates are prepared to conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and to provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems, and emotional distress. They will be qualified to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.
Students may petition to be awarded a master's degree midway through the program, after completing 50 semester hours of required coursework, including three semesters of practicum. After completing the remaining coursework, comprehensive exam, dissertation, and pre-doctoral internship, graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists, provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.
The Doctor of Psychology in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program is based on the practitioner-scholar model of education, integrating eight core competencies developed by the educational model of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). MFT Department faculty are actively engaged in practice and scholarship, and incorporate a wide variety of clinical examples into classroom activities. Students learn through rigorous coursework and applicable dissertation. The Doctor in MFT program has been recognized for its excellent training in culturally competent service provision and offers students a remarkably wide variety of training opportunities. The program has two entry points, Post Master’s and Post Bachelors.
The Business Psychology (Consulting Track) Ph.D. is a post-master’s doctoral program that trains doctoral-level psychologists for a career in academic research as well as for corporate, consulting, and other work settings. The curriculum is a unique blend of clinical and organizational psychology integrated with business courses that prepares Chicago School students to conduct empirical research with a multi-disciplinary approach that contributes to the body of knowledge referenced to solve individual, group and organizational problems in business environments. The program combines research skills with psychological theory to help graduates succeed in their roles as academicians, organizational leaders, or consultants.
The field of counseling thrives on life-long learning and professional development for counselors to continue to provide ethical and effective mental health services to the larger community. The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares students with a strong grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of counseling. The curriculum integrates client assessment and diagnoses to generate best practices and enhance the practice of counseling. Students benefit from extensive engagement in qualitative and quantitative research with the highest level of professional and ethical standards. They learn how to analyze learning outcomes and design teaching methods relevant to counselor education.
Graduates will be prepared to select, implement, and supervise educational methodologies for counselor education that meet a wide variety of individual, group and organizational needs—including those offered in nonprofit, institutional, and non-institutional settings. The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares professionals to be educators and leaders in the field of counseling and apply the principles of counseling psychology, education, and supervision in addressing the needs of specific populations.
The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology attracts passionate world learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global society. The International Program—the first of its kind in the nation—prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. The program’s vision of empowering students and faculty to be advocates for international psychology initiatives is renowned and unrivaled.
Graduates are equipped with expert research and program evaluation skills coupled with a deep appreciation for the individual and group consequences of global events—tools that prepare them to apply psychological principles in the development of policy, to help individuals and organizations better understand and collaborate with diverse cultural populations, and to design and evaluate the efficacy of international programs.
Our curriculum offers excellent preparation in the foundation of international psychological study. Students are encouraged to choose their own specialization to support their personal interests and career focus. Two concentrations are available within the field of International Psychology: Organizations and Systems, or Trauma Services.
Each student works closely with a designated faculty mentor who offers guidance on potential career paths and international networking opportunities. Through faculty mentorship, opportunities for student to engage in scholarly activities are promoted, such as conference presentations and publications.
The doctor of psychology, Psy.D., is the highest-level degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Clinical psychologists are highly trained in various theories, tools, and intervention techniques, and often work with clients who have experienced severe trauma or mental illness. They conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems and emotional distress.
Students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills through rigorous coursework, challenging practicum and internship experiences, and an applicable dissertation. They graduate equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, and prepared to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.
Clinical psychology students in the program may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of our own community counseling centers, two of Southern California's largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Students learn marketing and operations related to running a private practice, provide individual and group psychotherapy services, and graduate with critical skills and connections, preparing them to sit for licensure and launch successful careers.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.
The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at The Chicago School's downtown Chicago Campus prepares students to provide high-quality mental health services to a diverse clientele in a variety of community settings. Our master's program is a 60 credit hour, on-ground counselor education training program that provides strong preparation in clinical mental health counseling competencies including ethics, research, evaluation, diagnosis, theories, career assessment, and counseling interventions.
The Chicago School's Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program combines rigorous coursework with supervised clinical training that provide opportunities to put theory into practice in real-world settings. Graduates will be prepared to provide counseling services to individuals, families, couples and groups, and will have the skills to help clients work through a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties and suicidal impulses.
Our master's program incorporates the thirteen content areas required by the State of Illinois for licensure, and the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to prepare those students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.
Through its M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, the Counseling Department embraces this commitment through the integration of multicultural education and diversity across its curriculum; successful students demonstrate an appreciation for and competency in this area. Likewise, the faculty reflects experience in graduate level teaching and counseling practice with diverse clinical populations.
The program seeks to serve a diverse student body from throughout the Midwest, and the country, and from a number of international countries.
Students studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) learn to affect socially significant behavioral changes in individuals with developmental disabilities—from those in regular educational settings to those who wish to improve performance or master skills in a variety of ways. Using a natural science approach, ABA professionals systematically collect and analyze data to validate incremental changes in observable behavior.
Students in the D.C. Campus' ABA master's program gain experience and exposure in a wide variety of ABA applications and specialties, including instructional design, precision teaching, and verbal behavior. Our program is distinctive in that students receive a solid foundation in the principles of clinical psychology, in addition to thorough training in ABA techniques—preparing them to work with a range of populations in both clinical and business/industry settings.
TCSPP has established partnerships with local public and private schools to provide students with the unique opportunity to gain professional preparation by applying what they have learned about ABA technologies to special education diagnoses and school administration. Opportunities to gain real-world experience provide graduates with valuable skills to take with them into the work force.
The ABA course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® and graduates are eligible to sit for national certification by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®.
The Business Psychology program (I/O Track) Ph.D. trains doctoral-level psychologists for a career in academic research as well as for corporate, consulting, and other work settings. The student first earns a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology during the first two years of the program, which a substantial base of knowledge for doctoral curriculum. The doctoral curriculum is a unique blend of clinical and industrial/organizational psychology integrated with business courses that prepares Chicago School students to conduct empirical research with a multi-disciplinary approach that contributes to the body of knowledge referenced to solve individual, group and organizational problems in business environments, The program combines research skills with psychological theory to help graduates succeed in their roles as academicians, organizational leaders, or consultants.
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to provide working professionals—including current behavior analysts or professionals in psychology, education, child care, speech and language pathology, and social services—a mastery of behavior analytic theories and procedures.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.) with a specialization in Behavior Analysis Program of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Los Angeles Campus is designed to prepare graduates for a career as a behavior analyst working in educational, clinical, and business settings. In addition, the doctoral program prepares graduates to sit for the psychologist licensing exams administered by the California Board of Psychology (CA BOP).
Graduates are prepared to be change agents in whatever settings they enter, by drawing on behavioral principles, careful measurement to drive decision making, and using scientific methods to generate knowable results.
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