The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a non-profit institution that offers more than 20 post-bachelor’s degree programs to more than 3,500 students. The school partners with local agencies to give students clinical training in a wide variety of community settings, and it was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2007 and 2008. Schools that make the list have displayed “exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs,” according to the initiative’s website.
The Chicago School offers master’s and doctoral degrees in various fields of psychology, including applied behavior analysis, international psychology, clinical psychology, and forensic psychology. Each course has its own academic requirements. For example, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D) degree is a 106-credit hour program that requires 600 hours of basic practicum in years two, three, and four, as well as a one-year, full-time internship.
These programs are available at the school’s locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., as well as in Irvine and Westwood, Calif., and Grayslake, Ill. The school also offers 13 master’s and doctoral degrees, including in business psychology and sport and exercise psychology, through its online programs. The online programs allow students to earn a post-bachelor’s degree in a more flexible format. According to the school, the classes include “virtual residencies,” a one or two-hour session each term in which all students need to be online at the same time. In addition to that, the university features a blended format, which combines online and on-campus classes.
The Chicago School has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1984, and it is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
To successfully apply to the school, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree. There is no specific grade point average (GPA) requirement, but the school prefers students who have at least a 3.0 GPA for its master’s program and a 3.2 GPA for its doctoral program. Yet the school also considers an applicant’s professional experience, as well as the content of their personal essay. As such, the student needs to submit all college transcripts, standardized test scores, a completed personal essay, a resume, and three letters of recommendation to apply. Most doctoral programs don’t require a master’s degree. The ones that do accept candidates who have a master’s in psychology, the behavior sciences, organizational discipline, or any other related field.
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610