The Chicago School's Ph.D. in International Psychology attracts passionate and pragmatic learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global world. Courses offered in an online-blended format, allow students to have the flexibility to complete a doctoral degree while balancing their personal and professional responsibilities. Students may choose from two online-blended formats—one in which they attend all classes online or an option to take the majority of classes online and attend classes one day each week at the Chicago Campus, providing an opportunity for face-to-face interaction and networking with fellow students. The International Program—the first of its kind in the nation—prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. The program’s goal of empowering students and faculty to be advocates for international psychology initiatives is renowned and unrivaled.
Graduates 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.
Our curriculum offers excellent preparation in the foundation of international psychological study. Students are also welcomed to choose their own specialization 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 Ph.D. in International 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 TCSPP.
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.
Organizations & Systems
Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three
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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