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M.A. in International Psychology

Environmental Advocacy Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in International Psychology, Environmental Advocacy online program students will explore the impact of globalization in the environmental field. Through a combination of case study and theory, Master of Arts in International Psychology students will examine how diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments, and the complexities generated by […]

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in International Psychology, Environmental Advocacy online program students will explore the impact of globalization in the environmental field. Through a combination of case study and theory, Master of Arts in International Psychology students will examine how diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments, and the complexities generated by these relationships.

Courses will focus on culturally competent plans and actions, addressing the importance of government and community social responsibility. Students will develop skills in supporting the ethical resolution of cultural conflicts about the environment, and will promote sustainability and survivability based on universal rights.

In this non-licensure program, practitioner faculty guide students through a wide range of topics, including:

  • Environmental and globalization process
  • Environmental global strategies—social responsibility, social change and public action
  • Growing global—relationship of society and environment

Graduates from the M.A. in International Psychology program are prepared for a variety of work opportunities, domestically and internationally. Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Humanitarian aid and human capacity consultant
  • Entrepreneurship, business consulting, and leadership specialist
  • Organizational development advisor
  • Environmental and sustainability global strategies expert
  • Non-governmental and multinational corporations managers
  • Policy making advisors
  • Community college faculty

M.A. in International Psychology, Environmental Advocacy: 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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Environment and Globalization Process

This course will introduce students to historical and current trends in environmental psychology and its interface with the international psychology field. The course will focus on how the specific elements involved in economic and geopolitical globalization impact the social construction of cultures and relationship of global communities in tandem with their environment. It will offer an opportunity for students to reflect about the opportunities and challenges in the environmental field such as voluntary and forced migration due to environmental changes and how organizations and governments should address such challenges and possibilities for positive change. Through in-depth examination this course will provide students with the knowledge to develop appropriate interventions and policy recommendations that effectively manage undesirable consequences of such impact globally.

Environmental Global Strategies: Social Responsibility, Social Change, and Public Action

This course will familiarize students with research and scientifically based approaches and interventions proposed to manage current global environmental problems utilizing collectively acquired knowledge. Students will be required to analyze frameworks and interventions in the environmental field in order to develop effective problem‐solving skills and educating on preparedness through evidenced based techniques and personal awareness of their role as agents of change. Emphasis will be given to the construction of culturally competent abilities addressing the role of community involvement, collaboration and action supporting social responsibility to develop ethical resolution of man-made conflicts, natural disasters, and the ultimate impact on the environment.

Growing Global: Relationship of Society and Environment

This course evaluates the broader interactions of the process in which individuals from diverse cultures relate to their natural and constructed environments and complications generated by this encounter. The course will offer students the opportunity to examine and compare cultures based on their social and cultural systems, as well as economic and political agendas that motivate their treatment, use, and protection of the environment. Students will be required to design culturally specific interventions with a primary goal of facilitating intercultural communication that successfully promotes sustainability and survivability of humankind, inclusive of universal right.

This program requires a capstone project and field experience that is a collaborative, participatory action project with an identified local community service agency who engages in delivery of services supporting a social justice/human rights on an international or global scale. Agencies will specifically address underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations. The project will take place across three courses to identify, develop, and interact on a community service level offering an intervention strategy or policy development/recommendation specifically benefiting the agency. The supporting literature will be identified through international peer reviewed journals to support best practices and evidence-based strategies grounded in an existing theoretical or conceptual framework that is specific to the area of concentration.

Additionally, this capstone project and field experience forms the summative assessment of the program, and is designed to satisfy the requirements of the competencies of the M.A. International Psychology program for a culminating experience.

This sequence outlines the integration of the curriculum with the capstone project and field experience to facilitate the smooth navigation of the student through the program.

The M.A. International Psychology will culminate in a field experience course. Students will engage in one required, minimum nine-day, international field experience in order to have a more complex understanding of socio-cultural, historical, political, economic issues affecting dynamics of people, organizations, and environment. The goal is to facilitate the development of culturally sensitive abilities to interact and establish respectful and ethical relations with global populations, considering the impact of own culture on global cultures, and analyze cross-cultural theories and research to design interventions. Field experience project course will require the integration and synthesis of knowledge necessary to evaluate and evidence mastery competence in the field of international psychology.

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Application to The Chicago School School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. International Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in International 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.
  • Previous Coursework
    • A course in psychology, with a grade earned of C or better

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