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Ph.D. in International Psychology

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology online program establishes a firm understanding in the interconnectivity of a global systems, preparing graduates to assume leadership positions in multinational organizations. 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. Through the Ph.D. International […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology online program establishes a firm understanding in the interconnectivity of a global systems, preparing graduates to assume leadership positions in multinational organizations. 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.

Through the Ph.D. International Psychology online program, graduates are empowered to assume leadership positions in multinational organizations. Opportunities may include:

  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Embassies
  • International businesses
  • World Bank/World Health Organization
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • American Red Cross/Red Crescent

Internship Option Abroad

After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology online program, students may voluntarily decide to engage in an internship abroad 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 Chicago School’s 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. 

Ph.D. in International Psychology Online Concentrations

Ph.D. in International Psychology: 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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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.

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.

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 faculty member from The Chicago School 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 faculty member from The Chicago School 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. Psychology. 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.

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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
  • Personal Statement
  • Three or more years of work experienced preferred
  • 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

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three or more years of work experience is preferred

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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