The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Online

About the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is an accredited, private, not-for-profit institution. In 1979 TCSPP was established by a group of professional psychologists and educators. Since then, the Chicago School has expanded to include online degrees and six campuses across the US. 

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Mission, Vision and Values

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s mission is to career-based programs in psychology, behavioral and health sciences. Academics are infused with four core values: Education, Innovation, Service, and Community. TCSPP students receive a balance of theory, professionalism, and respect for diversity.

Enrollment, Attendance, Graduation

Based on Fall 2015 datai, over 4,200 graduate students attend the Chicago School’s multiple campuses. The Fall 2015 total graduate enrollment at Chicago Illinois campus was 1,418. Of these students,

  • 49 percent were part-time and 51 percent, full-time students
  • 98 percent were enrolled in residential programs
  • 230 masters degrees, 104 doctorate degrees and 83 postgraduate certificates were awarded in 2014-2015i

Financial Aid

The Chicago School offers several funding options to qualifying students. These include scholarships, fellowships, student loans and paid employment. The TCSPP also offers various tuition plans.

  • Alumni tuition rate
  • Mental and behavioral Health Professionals Tuition Rate
  • Xavier University of Louisiana Partner Tuition Rate


National and international applicants are welcome to apply to the Chicago School. Applicants are assessed holistically. Aside from GPA and GRE scores, personal and professional experiences are weighed. GRE and GPA Scores: Applicants to the Master of Arts programs require a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students applying to Education specialist and doctoral programs require a 3.2 GPA or higher.

Application: Students can apply to TCSPP by mail or through an online form. Prospective students need to have a Bachelors degree from an accredited university, or be completing their degree. In addition, students need to meet program-specific requirements.

Dates and Deadlines: Application deadlines are broken down into ‘early’, ‘general’ and ‘space available’ consideration. The exceptions are:

  • Chicago Clinical Psy.D. program has a rolling admissions process.
  • Online programs begin every eight weeks and have a rolling admissions process.
  • International students require additional documentation.


Learn from a devoted teacher-practitioner faculty at the Chicago School. All faculty members are professionals with significant real-world experience. Each has expertise in their respective fields. Their approach provides practical mentorship to their students.

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Why Consider the Chicago School of Professional Psychology?

At the Chicago School, theory is integrated with hands-on experience. Over twenty professional psychology programs are available granting graduate-level certificates, masters and doctoral degrees.

The Chicago School systematically evaluates student learning outcomes and applies psychology–based assessment skills and feedback tools. Results help students better understand their material. Plus, teachers understand students’ unique learning styles.

Aside from classroom learning, Chicago School students benefit from inspiring and enriching hands-on training. Service learning experiences are offered community partnerships and each campus has specialized centers. Here, students benefit from valuable resources to enhance their education. They may also be able to fulfill practicum and internship requirements.

Online Psychology Programs

TCSPP online psychology programs combine the quality of the Chicago School education with the convenience you need.

  • Online Programs: There are over 25 online psychology programs to choose from, with 9 options in Business Psychology alone. Pursue a M.A. in Behavioral Economics, or a Ph.D. in Business Psychology – I/O track. Other spotlights include an online Ph.D. in International Psychology – trauma services concentration and Master of Public Health.
  • Format and Structure: Several programs are taught predominantly online with a small “synchronous virtual residency” component. This means a one- or two-hour session each term in which all students are expected to be online simultaneously. Other programs are offered in a “blended” format that combines both online and on-campus learning.
  • Coursework is delivered through Canvas. This is an advanced interactive distance-learning tool designed to be flexible, self-paced, and accessible.
  • Engaging Content: Students in online psychology programs at TCSPP experience dynamic content. Tools such as video conferencing and podcasts mean online students engage in real-time conversation.
  • Community: Online students use SocialCourse – a sophisticated instant messenger. Students can network, exchange insight and participate in discussion.

Student Experience

Students at each of the campuses build ties to their local community. They do this by fulfilling practicum and fieldwork requirements through service to local populations. Alumni feel they ‘make an impact’. They get to see what unique challenges people face and, how they can serve.

Student Support Services

Career services is one way the Chicago School of Professional Psychology supports their students. As a division of student affairs, career services host events and provides access to a career hub and job board.

The Office of International Programs and Services links students to field work experiences around the globe. This is of interest to students enrolled in the Master and PHD International Psychology and Master in Public Health programs.

Other services at TCSPP include Study Abroad, visiting faculty and on-campus cultural events.

Services and Programs for Service Members and Veterans

For the third year in a row, Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded the Chicago School of Professional Psychology the designation of a TOP School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities. The Chicago School was also included in the list of 2017 Military Friendly® Schools.

The TCSPP provides special tuition rates for service members.

  • Law Enforcement Tuition Rate
  • Military and Veteran Tuition Rate

Chicago School of Professional Psychology Accreditation

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 2011. To learn more about WSCUC, please see their contact information via this link

Academics and Degree Programs

Many of the Chicago School’s psychology programs open pathways to licensure. Also, at the Chicago School students can customize their degree. Students who want to develop expertise, add a focus to their coursework such as environmental advocacy or neuropsychology. Other emphases might include:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Addictions
  • Trauma Studies

Program Highlights: M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization (Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego).

The Clinical Psychology – Marital and Family Therapy is a 2 to 3-year full time program. Students in the MFT program benefit from a solid foundation in the principles of clinical psychology. In addition, they learn vital therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills. The program prepares graduates to pursue careers devoted to couples and family counseling with tools to handle a variety of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues.

  • Study eight content areas outlined by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • Gain hands-on practicum experience. The practicum requires a total of six credit hours over three semesters. During this time, each student takes part in a clinical training field placement. This helps meet the minimum 250 hours of face to face supervised clinical experience in a mental health setting.
  • Meet the degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) in the state of California.

Choose a Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Find the ‘right’ degree for you at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Look forward to relevant courses and real-world, hands-on training. Browse the listings located below. Click on any icon for program details. Then, take the next step. Use the on-page form to request more information from the TCSPP.

Chicago School of Professional Psychology Headquarters: 325 N Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654


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