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Specialize in Management & Leadership within the online M.A. in International Psychology program offered at The Chicago School. International Psychology

M.A. in International Psychology

Management and Leadership Concentration

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

In the M.A. in International Psychology, Management and Leadership Concentration students will acquire management and leadership abilities needed in domestic and international contexts—offering consultation, conducting business, and assisting with cross-cultural organizational challenges. Master’s students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online psychology programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that […]

In the M.A. in International Psychology, Management and Leadership Concentration students will acquire management and leadership abilities needed in domestic and international contexts—offering consultation, conducting business, and assisting with cross-cultural organizational challenges.

Master’s students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online psychology programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Guided by practitioner faculty, M.A. in International Psychology students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Intercultural and multicultural communication skills to overcome international ethical dilemmas
  • Best organizational practices and decision-making models appropriate to Western and non-Western contexts
  • Engage in entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Practical application and competence using leadership techniques
  • Understanding the influence of historical, economic, political, social, and cultural structures when conducting business overseas

Graduates from the M.A. in International Psychology program are prepared to apply their highly sought-after skills to international opportunities, including non-governmental organizations, The United Nations (UN) programs, and multinational organizations.

M.A. in International Psychology, Management and Leadership: Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online psychology program, 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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Global Management: Decision-Making, Negotiation and Problem Solving

This course examines a variety of decision-making models contextually appropriate to Western, non‐Western, and indigenous organizational and institutional systemic values. Students will apply core ethical principles in tandem with assessment of individual and collective belief systems to develop successful negotiation, mediation, and problem solving abilities. This course will emphasize the development of effective verbal and non‐verbal communication patterns in global management and challenge students’ previously held assumptions.

International Entrepreneurship

This course will facilitate the development of effective management and leadership skills to be applied in the workplace across a variety of settings including governmental, non‐governmental, and hybrid organizations. Students who would like to engage in entrepreneurial endeavors, in either the capacity of consultants, founders, managers, directors, or in the role of bridging gaps between international organizations, will be offered the opportunity to learn and develop conceptual skills from real case scenarios toward becoming a successful international entrepreneur. Emphasis will be placed on overcoming multicultural dilemmas and challenges inherent to global organizational contexts and further analyzing the influence of historical, economic, political, social, and cultural systems when conducting business domestically and abroad. Practical application and competence of group leadership techniques will be explored through virtual and actual project development and implementation.

 Communication in Global Organizations

This course will focus on key dimensions of developing effective intercultural and global communication skills that facilitate the elements of both individualist and collectivist cultural values and norms. The process of each student’s evolving awareness, knowledge, and skills acquisition and development will be examined through in-depth personal reflection and participation in group activities that incorporate both communication technology and identification of current institutions’ and organizations’ culturally specific similarities and differences. This course will enhance the ability to articulate critical thinking in verbal and written format, and to manage and provide effective leadership within global organizations blending Western and non‐Western models.

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).
      • 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

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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