The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

325 N Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

School Details

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a private not-for-profit agency, was founded in  1979 by a group of professionals as a means to advance training for graduate students interested in the study of psychology. To date, The Chicago School is the oldest and largest graduate school focusing specifically on degrees in psychology and related behavior sciences. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has maintained a vision of providing small school environments, located in urban settings, in order to promote effective graduate research and instruction. Just over 4,000 students attend The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at campuses located throughout Chicago, Los Angeles/Orange County, Washington, D.C. in addition to an Online campus.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and approved to operate and grant degrees in the State of Illinois. The Chicago Campus Clinical Psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the School Psychology Ed.S. program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology and has been recognized by the Council for its distinguished services and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity. The School has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year in 2011.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers the following Online/Blended programs:

Doctorate degrees:

  •     Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
  •     Psy.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track
  •     Ph.D. in International Psychology
  •     Ph.D. in International Psychology, Organizations and Systems Concentration or Trauma Services Concentration

Master of Art degrees:

  •     Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  ARP Track
  •     Forensic Psychology:  Non-Licensure Track
  •     Psychology, with options of a Generalist Concentration, Child and Adolescent Concentration, International Psychology Concentration, Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration, Organizational Leadership Concentration, Gerontology Concentration, and a BCBA Foundation Concentration

Certificate programs:

  •     Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist
  •     Child and Adolescent Psychology
  •     BCBA Respecialization

Online/Blended programs are delivered in two basic formats: blended or synchronous virtual residency. Blended formats integrate online and on-campus learning while synchronous virtual residency programs are delivered online and require students to attend a one-or-two hour virtual session per term simultaneously with their class. Highly qualified professionals with field experience instruct courses through content delivery systems, such as podcasts and video conferencing, as well as PowerPoint and GotoMeeting software. Students have the flexibility to complete coursework 24/7 and tools, like, allow students to upload assignments for review before submitting it to professors. Additionally, students receive personalized guidance through Student Advisors from entrance until graduation.

Admissions requirements are degree specific, but may include the application and fee, resume or curriculum vitae, an essay, official college/university transcripts, letters of recommendation, and prior coursework meeting satisfactory GPA requirements.

Tuition rates are as follows:

  •     Psy.D./Ph.D/Ed.D. programs:  $1223 per credit hour
  •     M.A. and Certificate programs:  $982 per credit hour
  •     Ed.S. program:  $1015 per credit hour

Ten percent tuition discounts are available for eligible:

  •     Active duty personnel of the U.S. Military or National Guard Reserves
  •     Students employed as Federal, state, or local law enforcement officers

Financial aid is available through federal programs and institutional scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. Federal aid includes the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Work Study programs. Scholarships for qualifying students are based on both merit and need while fellowships are dependent on a student’s “potential to produce research.” Assistantships are available both on and off-campus and may include:

  •     Teaching Assistantships
  •     Faculty Assistanships
  •     Research  Assistantships
  •     Professional Assistantships
  •     Community Assistantships




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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