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, Generalist Concentration 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 […]

By providing a thorough understanding of the principles, theories, and applications 
of psychology, students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, Generalist Concentration 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.

Master of Arts in Psychology students with a Generalist Concentration will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 6 credit hours in an applied research project, and 9 credit hours in courses of their choice from the other concentration areas:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • International Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health

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 lifespan, 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.

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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Theories of Personality

This course will introduce students to the major theories of personality and the methods used to assess and study personality.  Various perspectives on the concept of personality will be examined in the context of culture, evolution, gender and person-environment interactions.  The implications and applications of theories of personality are emphasized throughout.

Psychology of the 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.

Community and Environmental Psychology

This course will examine the social, cultural and environmental influences on psychology and community well-being. Students will be introduced to and create innovative programs and practices geared toward the prevention of mental health problems; empowerment of disenfranchised groups and the promotion of well-being on micro and macro levels.

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. 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

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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