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M.A. in Psychology

International Psychology Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 1 Year Full-Time / 2 Years Part-Time

By exploring the impact of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, and immigrant status, students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, International Psychology Concentration online program will learn how to address the mental health needs of a global community. Master of Arts in Psychology students with an International Psychology Concentration will take 21 credit […]

By exploring the impact of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, and immigrant status, students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Psychology, International Psychology Concentration online program will learn how to address the mental health needs of a global community.

Master of Arts in Psychology students with an International Psychology Concentration will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 9 credit hours within their International Psychology Concentration, and 6 credit hours in an applied research project focused on international psychology.

Guided by practitioner faculty, the learning approach blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. The curriculum covers such areas as:

  • The social psychology of cultures
  • Stereotyping behavior
  • Attitude and values
  • Acculturation
  • The international psychology of gender

By exploring the impact of their own culture, personal stereotypes, beliefs, and assumptions, M.A. in Psychology, International Psychology graduates will be able to take on outreach and leadership roles in careers with an international focus, including:

  • Nonprofit
  • Industry
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting

M.A. in Psychology, 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 interact with fellow students and your professor.

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Acculturation, Immigration and Refugee Status

This course examines the process of acculturation, assimilation and adaptation required by the current global state of voluntary and involuntary migration, immigration, refugee and asylum seeking status. Influences of socio-cultural, psychological and self-identity models will be used to inform culturally appropriate interventions and supportive systemic and organizational development. The importance of assessment and exploration of the role of resilience for a variety of health and mental health outcomes will be critically examined.

Culture Centered Interventions – Program Design and Evaluations

This course will require students to evaluate the components that should be included in the development of cultural programs and/or interventions. Students will learn to design and evaluate the efficacy of cultural centered interventions in diverse global settings. The course will focus on the resource availability to construct interventions in underdeveloped and developing countries as they are most impacted due to weak or non-existent infrastructures which support survival and often preclude return to functioning environments demonstrated in resource and developed nations. Students will be required to apply these concepts and outcome evaluations to case studies of current scenarios.

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. Discussions of real case studies will assist students in the process of building intervention models informed by universal human rights declarations.

The M.A. Psychology program does not include internships or a traditional thesis option; rather, students will complete an Applied Research Project over the course of their studies that reflects their grasp of the program’s learning outcomes and their ability to integrate this learning and apply it to workplace situation or other life contexts.

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in 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.

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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