Research social problems to transform communities
Find solutions to a wide array of social issues, from educational failure and chronic illness to substance abuse and violence. DePaul’s Community Psychology MA/PhD program will equip you with the skills and research methodologies necessary for a career as a researcher, educator, interventional specialist, consultant and program evaluator. The program emphasizes human diversity, specializing in research and intervention work with underserved communities.
The Community Psychology MA/PhD is a combined degree program. The MA is non-terminal, and the program admits only students intending to earn the PhD. Classes are offered during the day on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, and the program can be completed in six years.
Get a closer look at what’s it’s like to be in the program. See our Program Highlights, Frequently Asked Questions, Faculty Videos and Grad Student Bios.
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Immerse yourself in a diverse, urban environment
DePaul’s connections throughout Chicago allow you to make a real-world difference in traditionally underserved populations. You’ll have opportunities to work with Oxford House, Department of Children and Family Services and more than 50 community- and school-based mentoring organizations. You’ll also be able to work on one of the leading journals in community psychology—the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community—which is housed here at DePaul.
The deadline for fall admission is December 5.
Submit an online application, GRE scores, transcripts, course history, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
For the MA portion of the program, you’ll take 12 classes and complete a master’s thesis. For the PhD portion, you’ll take seven classes and complete fieldwork projects and a dissertation.
of surveyed 2017 graduate psychology alumni were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation.
The reported median salary for 2017 graduate psychology alumni was $61,500.
Faculty with innovative impact
Professors LaVome Robinson and Leonard Jason designed a personalized intervention program called Success over Stress to help Chicago teens navigate unique social and emotional challenges. The professors and their graduate students will have worked with about 350 Chicago Public Schools ninth-graders over the course of their NIH-backed five-year study of the program. Watch our faculty talk about their research labs, their approaches to mentoring students and program expectations in these videos.
You’ll find DePaul psychology graduates working in a variety of careers and settings. Alumni work as leaders of nonprofits, consultants to corporations, and faculty and administrators at colleges and universities across the nation. In addition, you’ll be connected to a network of 180,000 DePaul alumni, most of whom live in the Chicago area.
Students admitted to the Community Psychology MA/PhD program are fully funded with tuition waivers and stipends and serve as research/teaching assistants. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or email@example.com.
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