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M.A. in Psychology

Social and Community Psychology

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

The M.A. in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® explores the application of psychological principles across roles, sectors, communities, and countries. Students will extend their knowledge and apply concepts of psychology in practical, real-world contexts, gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of how culture, gender, identity, bias, and […]

The M.A. in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® explores the application of psychological principles across roles, sectors, communities, and countries. Students will extend their knowledge and apply concepts of psychology in practical, real-world contexts, gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of how culture, gender, identity, bias, and immersion impact communities, social justice, and global psychology. This concentration is only offered in Spanish.
The Master of Arts in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration students will take 21 credit hours in foundational psychology, 6 credit hours in an applied research project, and 9 credit hours of social and community psychology online course.
Guided by practitioner faculty, students in this M.A. Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration will cover a wide variety of relevant topics, including:

  • Gender Psychology
  • Acculturation
  • Cultural Psychology

By thoroughly grounding students in the theories, principles and applications of psychology across the lifespan, graduates of this online master’s degree program will be capable of seeking leadership roles in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Business
  • Nonprofits

In addition, the M.A. in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration online degree program provides a strong stepping-stone to doctoral work.

M.A. in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology Concentration: Online Program Student Experience

Because of the convenience of The Chicago School’s online psychology degree programs, your life remains intact. Students can tailor their coursework to best suit their individual interests and career goals.

The Global Student Dashboard is where students can find all of their courses with online components. There, they find their coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are able to ask questions of their instructor.

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Social Psychology of Cultures – Psicología Social de las Culturas

This course lays a theoretical and experiential foundation for students in multicultural psychology. The course blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. It provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. It will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, ableness, and immigrant status. Students will address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture and held personal stereotypes, beliefs, and assumptions. (3 credits)

International Psychology of Gender – Psicología Internacional de Género

This course examines the interrelationship between gender and psychology. Topics include: gendered topics in psychology, masculine ideology, post modern feminist research, and cross-cultural perspectives on gender. (3 credits)

Acculturation – Aculturación

This course examines the dimensions of acculturation across multiple cultures. Topics include: psychological models of ethnic identity, psychological adaptation to multiple cultures, and the relationship between acculturation and mental health. (3 credits)

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Application to the M.A. in Psychology, Social and Community Psychology online degree 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, Social and Community 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.

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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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