Online Ph.D in International Psychology - Organizational Systems
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Ph.D. in International Psychology

Organizations & Systems Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 3-4 Years

The Ph.D. in International Psychology online program, with a concentration in Organizations and Systems prepares graduates to design, evaluate, and lead international programs, enhancing business outcomes for corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations. Committed to maintaining a faculty of diverse and distinguished practitioners in the field, The Chicago School’s online model features more than 25 instructors and professors […]

The Ph.D. in International Psychology online program, with a concentration in Organizations and Systems prepares graduates to design, evaluate, and lead international programs, enhancing business outcomes for corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations. Committed to maintaining a faculty of diverse and distinguished practitioners in the field, The Chicago School’s online model features more than 25 instructors and professors from around the globe, uniquely qualified to teach an international curriculum.

With an impressive range of international locations to enhance their coursework with real-world applications, our program has taken students and faculty to such locations as:

  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Rwanda
  • Zambia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Indonesia

The Ph.D. in International Psychology online program offers the distinct feature of two real-world training opportunities in addition to the required field experience.

Ph.D. in International Psychology, Organizations and Systems: Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.

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Students progress through the program in “cohort” groups, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates for the duration of the program, helping promote a supportive and mentoring network of students and faculty.

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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 the 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.

Students participate in two required, minimum nine-day international Field Experiences at an international destination selected by the program (one in year two and the other in year three).

Field Experience I (Year 2)

All enrolled students will participate in a minimum nine-day field experience at an international destination selected by the program. Students should be aware of the following components of this experience:

  • Up to three of the nine days may be spent in travel.
  • Students will be in the country for up to seven nights and will have five to six full days for the field/service learning experience. Coursework will be based on the number of students in the cohort, available opportunities level of international experience, and professional interests.
  • The Chicago School creates professional agreements with one or more international organizations in the country in order to facilitate the course activities.
  • A minimum of one full-time The Chicago School faculty member will accompany students during this first international field experience.
  • Students may not bring family or friends with them on field experience trips.

Field Experience II (Year 3)

Students are required to participate in a second field experience with their cohort, for a minimum of nine days. While most students will participate in the option developed by the program, some students may be approved to select another option*.

All enrolled students will participate in a minimum nine-day field experience at an international destination selected by the program. Components of this experience include:

  • Up to three of the nine days may be consumed by travel.
  • Students will be in the assigned country for up to seven nights, with five to six full days of field/service learning experience. The faculty member will design activities based on the number of students in the cohort, levels of international experience, and professional interests.
  • The Chicago School will arrange an agreement with one or more international organizations in country.
  • A minimum of one full-time The Chicago School faculty member will accompany students during this first international field experience.
  • Students may not bring family or friends with them on field experience trips.

*Independent Field Experience

The second Field Experience requirement includes the option of an extended and independent opportunity for students who wish to collect dissertation data (with IRB approval), or to work with approved international academic partners. This Independent Field Experience II may only be conducted in countries where The Chicago School has an International Liaison Office (ILO) to ensure on-ground support and guidance. In order to apply for this option, students must complete the Independent Field Experience Checklist and Application.

Dissertation

Completion of an original dissertation research study is an essential aspect of the doctoral student’s academic experience and professional education. The dissertation represents the student’s ability to examine the literature on a psychological issue, identify a gap in the IP field, and conduct research that will address global humanitarian issues. The dissertation represents the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about relevant research issues in international psychology, and to contribute to global improvement.

The International Psychology program requirements for dissertation research are as follows:

  • The dissertation must be international in nature and contribute to the overall international psychology literature (topic to be approved by the Department Chair, Departmental Dissertation Lead Faculty, and Dissertation Chair).
  • The standard of references and resources used in the dissertation must be peer-reviewed journals and professional publications in psychology (or related field such as social work, sociology, and organizational psychology).  Additional resources may be incorporated at the discretion of the Dissertation Chair.
  • Students are not eligible to apply for graduation/commencement until they have successfully defended the dissertation (without substantial revisions). Participation in commencement includes application deadlines. Please consult Student Affairs for further information.

Students applying to the Ph.D. in International Psychology (post-master’s) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Three or more years of work experience preferred
  • Personal Statement
  • 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.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Organizations and Systems Concentration students must enter with a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and show evidence of three courses of undergraduate or graduate psychology coursework with a grade earned of “C” or better. One course may be completed at The Chicago School per the policy referenced in the Progression Requirement section of the catalog.
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping 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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