Online Ph.D. in International Psychology

Program Description

The Chicago School's online Ph.D. in International Psychology attracts passionate and pragmatic learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global world. 

The International Psychology Program—the first of its kind in the nation—prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. The online Ph.D. in International Psychology program’s goal of empowering students and faculty to be advocates for international psychology initiatives is renowned and unrivaled.

Courses are offered in an online format, allow students to have the flexibility to complete a doctoral degree while balancing their personal and professional responsibilities. Students enrolled in the program must attend two Residency sessions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (campus locations may vary). 

Our online curriculum offers excellent preparation in the foundation of international psychological study. Students are also welcomed to choose their own concentration to support their personal interests and career focus. Two concentrations are available to specialize in within the field of International Psychology:  Organizations and Systems or Trauma Services

The online International Psychology doctoral 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 online Ph.D. in International Psychology program are equipped with advanced research and program evaluation skills coupled with a rich appreciation for the individual and group consequences of global events-preparing them to apply psychological principles in the development of policy, to assist individuals and organizations with understanding and collaborating 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 one semester to three 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 must enter with a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and show evidence of 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.

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

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Acculturation Psychology

Provides students with an opportunity to explore the psychological concepts of acculturation. Topics include: ethnic identity models, adaptation to multiple cultures, and the relationship between acculturation and psychological disorders.

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.

Psychology of Organizations and Systems from a Global Perspective

Provides students with the psychological knowledge of organizations and systems from the global perspective. Topics include community psychology, social psychology, environmental psychology, international organizations, contextualizing psychology, and role of professional organizations in shaping in psychological practices.

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