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Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology strives to be the school of choice for students pursuing a career in the behavioral sciences. It aims to achieve this goal by integrating theory, professional practice, commitment to diversity and innovation into its educational environment and learning experience. The school wants to imbue students with its core values of professionalism, scholarship, acceptance of diversity, and commitment to service.

The Chicago School was established by professional psychologists who wanted to create a place for students to get high-quality professional psychology training in a non-profit setting. The school was established in 1979 by the non-profit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation. The school’s main campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago near the famous Merchandise Mart and steps away from the Chicago River.

With more than 1,300 students and 1,400 graduates, the Chicago School is the nation’s largest non-profit graduate school dedicated to the education and training of professional psychologists. It awards degrees at the Master's and Doctorate levels in a variety of psychology-related specialties. The school has been recognized by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology for its contributions in issues related to diversity and its work related to advocacy in the field of psychology.

Distance learning classes at the Chicago School are designed with the busy working adult in mind, looking to further their careers and learn more about their field. The school offers two Master's programs online in Forensic Psychology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. They also offer a number of certification programs that include Applied Forensic Psychology, Workplace Diversity, Organizational Effectiveness, and Consumer Psychology. Classes are designed by the same faculty and experts that design in-class sessions, and students will be able to speak with professors through online office hours and discussion boards.

Programs offered by Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

    This unique program offers the Midwest access to the educational tools and practical training that apply psychology to the criminal justice system. Students learn how to use their education in real-life settings and situations through valuable research… More »

  • Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    Students working on this degree will learn to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills, psychology assessment abilities, managerial and organizational styles and research skills. Through internships and traditional course work, students gain… More »

  • Master of Arts in I/O Psychology -- Consumer Psychology Specialization

    This specialization focuses on preparing students for a practical, globalized career in psychology by combining traditional skills with business environments. Training includes researching human behavior and targeting appropriate demographics to develop… More »

  • Master of Arts in I/O Psychology -- Leadership for Healthcare Professionals

    Aimed at helping working healthcare professionals further their careers, this program combines psychology training with healthcare administration skills. Students develop the skills they need to contribute to the healthcare industry by anticipating need,… More »

  • Master of Arts in I/O Psychology -- Organizational Effectiveness

    To help improve a workplace's dynamic, organizational effectiveness analysts evaluate the behavior of employees and managers, as well as existing policies and environments. Students learn to use psychology training in a human resources-oriented way, enabling… More »

  • Master of Arts in I/O Psychology -- Workplace Diversity

    This program promotes diversity in a variety of ways. Students strive to unite business professionals over global, generational and cultural boundaries in an effort to work with, not against, the evolution of a globally connected business world. Graduates… More »

  • Applied Forensic Psychology Certificate

    This certification program helps working adults further their careers by increasing their industry status and perhaps moving up another level in salary. Students learn the skills they need to compete in areas like consulting, counseling and more. The… More »

  • Leadership for Healthcare Professionals Certificate

    Professionals will find that this flexible program benefits their career goals by giving them adequate skills and training to advance their positions in the industry. Graduates will be comfortable working with legal issues that impact healthcare, as well… More »

  • Organizational Effectiveness Certificate

    Ambitious business professionals, entrepreneurs and HR managers can use this certification program to amp up their organizational and managerial skills. Students gain the insight they need to evaluate problems and find solutions, manage teams and amend… More »

  • Workplace Diversity Certificate

    Professionals wishing to better understand and find solutions for the multicultural issues that affect international business will benefit from this certification program. By working on projects that combine psychology with managerial skills, working… More »

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