The Organizations and Systems concentration within the International Psychology Ph.D. program at our Washington, D.C. campus 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.
From observing global leadership at Microsoft’s Beijing headquarters to evaluating child protection services in Indonesia, students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the unique challenges confronting international psychologists. The Chicago School offers an impressive range of international locations—rarely offered in graduate school settings—to enhance their course work with real-world applications. In the past, international travel has taken students and faculty to such locations as, Brazil, Peru, Northern Ireland, China, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia. The tremendous opportunity to study abroad gives students the global edge and acumen they will need for success.
Washington, D.C. has a high concentration of governmental and non-governmental international service organizations, including the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, embassies for almost all countries, and dozens of international organizations within two miles of the campus. The D.C. Campus is well-positioned to develop a multitude of strategic community partnerships with global organizations.
Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three
Program Time to Completion
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.
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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