Ph.D. in International Psychology in Chicago

Program Description

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology, offered at our Chicago Campus, attracts passionate world learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global society. 

The International Psychology doctorate 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.

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 International Psychology program: 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 students to engage in scholarly activities are promoted, such as conference presentations and publications.

The Ph.D. in International Psychology Program also offers the distinct feature of two additional real-world training opportunities, in addition to their required field experience. Students can voluntarily decide to engage in either an Internship Option Abroad or Apprenticeship at The Chicago School.

Graduates from our Chicago Campus 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.

Internship Option Abroad*

After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology program, students may voluntarily decide to  decide to engage in an internship to increase marketability post-graduation and/or to engage in cross- collaborative research.  Internships can last anywhere between 1 semester to 3 semesters depending on the student’s interests and in-country organizations.  

Apprenticeship at TCSPP*

After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology program, students may voluntarily decide to engage in the apprenticeship program for teaching if available within the department.  Please refer to the TCSPP apprenticeship policy/procedure for further details.

*Note: Internship Abroad and Apprenticeship are options for students only when available.  It is not guaranteed that these options will be available during a student’s program of study.  


International Psychology


Organizations & Systems
Trauma Services


Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three

Program Time to Completion

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Students seeking admissions to the Organizations and Systems concentration enter with nine semester hours of undergraduate or graduate psychology coursework, plus one course in graduate statistics with a grade earned of “C” or better.

  • Students seeking admission to the Trauma Services concentration enter with a master’s degree in Psychology or a related field such as Counseling Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, and/or Marriage and Family Therapy from a regionally accredited institution. In addition, at least one course is required in graduate statistics, plus one course in graduate abnormal psychology/psychopathology, AND one course in graduate trauma/crisis intervention, each with a grade earned of “C” or better.

  • Three or more years of work experience is preferred
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Self-Care Strategies in Humanitarian Efforts

Examines the self-care strategies and issues that inform the processes of maintaining one's psychological well-being while working in traumatic settings or on missions. Topics include a variety of self-care strategies, preparation strategies, aftermath strategies, and incorporating lessons learned for future missions.

Assessment of Psychosocial and Mental Health Reactions to Traumatic Stress

Focuses on the various methods used to conduct psychological mental health assessments. Topics include assessing physical and psychological stress, psychopathology, isolation, and physical and social functioning.

Mental Health Interventions

Examines the principle intervention strategies likely to be used in an international trauma setting. Topics include evidence-based systems, the effects of local context, coping strategies, and strategies for those with medically unexplained somatic pain.

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