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Community Psychology (MS)
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Advance your career; enhance your community

The MS in Community Psychology has been developed in response to interests expressed by community groups and organizations for assistance in addressing the needs of their most vulnerable members. The program prepares students to work at the master’s level in the field of Community Psychology in a variety of community, government and consulting work settings.

Students will learn how a community-based social justice perspective recognizes inequalities and promotes the exercise of greater power (i.e., access to resources and decision-making) for communities that have been marginalized, and creates ties to advocacy work with oppressed populations. The program leads to an applied, terminal MS degree.

Students are required to complete 48 quarter hours to confer the MS degree. Within this 48-hour program, students must also complete a fieldwork-based internship or, in selected cases, a traditional master’s thesis or a capstone research project. The curriculum is below:

Research Core Courses
(three courses, 12 quarter hours)
PSY 410 Advanced Statistics I
PSY 411 Advanced Statistics II
PSY 421 Applied Research Design

Graduate Basic Core
(two of three courses, eight quarter hours)
One Cognitive Seminar Course
One Developmental Seminar Course
One Social Seminar Course

Community Psychology
(four courses, 16 quarter hours)
PSY 492 Consultation
PSY 493 Principles of Community Psych
PSY 520 Diversity
PSY 569 Program Evaluation

Elective Courses (three courses, 12 quarter hours)
Students may choose from a variety of electives across multiple disciplines based on individual interest.

Culminating Experience PSY 585 Fieldwork

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Make an impact in the community

DePaul’s extensive connections with community organizations across Chicago allow for a variety of opportunities to enhance your applied and research skills in a hands-on way. You’ll learn about the needs of community organizations and contribute to shared solutions.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall admission is May 1st. Final admission decisions will be completed by May 15th.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, resume, personal statement, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, psychology or related course history list, and community psychology-related volunteer or employment.

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Required Courses

You will complete three research core courses, two basic graduate core courses, four Community Psychology courses, three elective courses, and a culminating experience course such as a fieldwork placement.

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of College of Science and Health graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

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.

Alumni Network

DePaul psychology alumni work in a variety of industries, such as Advocate Health Care, Cisco, McDonald’s Corporation and United Airlines. You will be connected to a large network of more than 201,000 DePaul alumni, the majority of whom live in the Chicago area.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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