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M.A. in International Psychology

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 2 Years

The M.A. International Psychology online program prepares students to use the theory and practice of psychology to provide services to individuals and groups working in international settings. M.A. International Psychology online students will learn to apply both Western and non-Western theoretical concepts to the development of effective global practices and the interpretation and management of […]

The M.A. International Psychology online program prepares students to use the theory and practice of psychology to provide services to individuals and groups working in international settings. M.A. International Psychology online students will learn to apply both Western and non-Western theoretical concepts to the development of effective global practices and the interpretation and management of behaviors across diverse cultures. Graduates are prepared to excel as leaders sensitive to cultural differences and prepared to promote social justice in an increasingly globalized world.

This program has been designed for working adults embarking on a career in international psychology or those working in the international arena who want to make a difference in the fields of mental health, human capacity building, organizational development or environmental advocacy.

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M.A. International Psychology Online Program 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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Global Mental Health and Human Rights

This course explores the process of economic and technological globalization and their impact to mental health access with considerable emphasis on human rights conventions. Students will understand the global needs of vulnerable, marginalized and underserved populations in order to appropriately develop social justice and advocacy abilities. Discussion of real case studies will assist students in the process of building intervention models formed by universal human rights declarations.

International Psychology and Diversity

The course will study the social construction of psychology through macro and micro cultural lens that informs the interface of systemic power and privilege influence on diverse populations experiencing oppression and repression. Personal assumptions, emotional, and cultural competence will be explored in depth to challenge and develop enhanced skills of self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy. Diversity will be examined through dominant systems that create inequalities related to gender, race, sexual identity, religion, physical and mental disability and related stigmatization.

Crisis Response–Trauma and Crisis Intervention

This course explores relevant theories in current evidence-based research, Western and non-Western practices related to the contribution of various types of trauma originated by man-made and environmental causes. Particular consideration will be paid to the multiple forms of trauma and crisis commonly identified in vulnerable, underserved and at risk populations. Throughout the course work, students will develop a substantial understanding of how trauma and psychopathologies are socially and culturally constructed in diverse cultures exploring unique aspects of working with individuals and proposing ethical and culturally competent interventions to assist populations that have experienced trauma around the world.

Students will benefit from a choice of three unique concentration areas including Trauma and Group Conflict, Management and Leadership, or Environmental Advocacy. In addition, students will be required to participate in at least one international field experience (9 days or more) to gain further understanding of complex socio-cultural, political, and economic global structures.

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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.
      • 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 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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