M.A. in Psychology: Online Psychology Program
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With online psychology programs that help open pathways to licensure, students engage with practitioner faculty who have significant real-world experience. Behavioral Sciences

M.A. in Psychology

Generalist Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time

By providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications 
of psychology, students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology will extend their knowledge and apply concepts of psychology in practical, real-world contexts. M.A. in Psychology students also have opportunities to study abroad at destinations specifically chosen by faculty to ground a deeper understanding […]

By providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications 
of psychology, students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology will extend their knowledge and apply concepts of psychology in practical, real-world contexts. M.A. in Psychology students also have opportunities to study abroad at destinations specifically chosen by faculty to ground a deeper understanding of psychological principles in a global context.

Guided by practitioner faculty, the learning approach blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. The curriculum covers such areas as:

  • Community and environmental psychology
  • Theories of personality
  • Psychopathology and behavioral disorders
  • Psychology of the lifespan
  • Ethics and professional behavior

By thoroughly grounding students in the theories, principles and applications of psychology across the range of human endeavor, graduates of this online psychology program will be able to take their extended knowledge of psychology into such areas as:

  • Social and community services
  • Youth development
  • Personnel and human resources
  • Marketing
  • Education and training
  • Administration and management

In addition, the M.A. in Psychology program provides a strong stepping-stone to doctoral work.

Concentrations

M.A. in Psychology: Online Psychology Program Student Experience

Because of the convenience of The Chicago School’s online psychology program, your life remains intact. Students can tailor their coursework to best suit their individual interests and career goals.

The Global Student Dashboard is where students will find all of their courses with online components. There, they’ll find their coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are able to ask questions from their instructor.

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Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders

Addresses the major definitions of mental and behavioral disorders, the theories of etiology, treatment, and prevention within the context of recent developments in the categorization, and classification of psychological phenomena (DSM). This course includes models of mental and behavioral assessment and emphasizes cultural factors related to mental illness and behavioral disorders. It surveys the evidenced-based practices and psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of the major disorders. Specific scenarios will be utilized that directly relate to child and adolescent psychology.

Psychology of Life Span

Examines normal development from infancy through advanced age, focusing on the development of perceptual and cognitive processes, psychosocial roles, and familial interpersonal processes. Current clinical approaches are examined from diverse theoretical viewpoints and in view of recent research findings.

Diversity and Psychology

Using a systems approach, this course examines the impact of privilege on students’ perception of culture, diversity, and identity. Students will explore their own culture, and their reactions to and perceptions of persons who are different. The course specifically examines class, ableness, gender roles, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for their interaction between the dimensions of diversity and psychology issues.

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Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the M.A. in Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.

International Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience preferred

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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