Online Ph.D. in International Psychology, Organizations and Systems Concentration

Program Description

The Organizations and Systems concentration, within the International Psychology Ph.D. program, provides graduates with the cultural competence and collaboration skills to design, evaluate, and lead international programs that result in better business outcomes for corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Students complete the required international field experiences and learn first-hand the unique challenges confronting international psychologists and are to apply theory into practice in a global context. The Chicago School offers an impressive range of international experiences—rarely offered in graduate school settings—to enhance their courses with practical application. In the past, international travel has featured such locations as Brazil, Peru, Northern Ireland, China, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia. The tremendous opportunity to study abroad gives students the multicultural sophistication and competence they will need for success.

The Online model features expert faculty who are uniquely qualified to teach an international curriculum. With more than 25 instructors and professors from around the globe, The Chicago School is committed to maintaining a faculty of diverse and distinguished practitioners in the field. Students progress through the program in "cohort" fashion, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates   for the duration of the program—a unique feature that helps promote a supportive and mentoring network of students and faculty. Two nine-day international experiences (one in year 2 and another in year 3) provide students with valuable, real-world experiences in the field. Students also participate in two weekday residencies that focus on research and dissertation preparation.


International Psychology



Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Must 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.

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

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

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.

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.

Organizations & Systems Field Experience

Provides a field experience opportunity for students to observe and examine the functioning of organizations and systems in an international setting. Topics include organizational structures, systems, cultures and context, decision-making, leadership models, power behaviors, and communication patterns.

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