The Psychology Department at Chicago State University provides a broad education aimed to prepare students for advanced study in psychology or entry level employment in the social sciences. The department has an enduring commitment to and a proud legacy of serving underrepresented populations.

Our department fosters the intellectual development and success of its students through a rigorous, positive, and affirming educational experience. We are committed to teaching, research, service and community development.

The faculty are committed to using scientific methods to serve urban populations. We are committed to viewing psychology through the prism and principle of cultural Influence, social justice and inclusivity.

The psychology program is a dynamic department within the University. And, true to CSU’s mission of providing access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The psychology department seeks to recruit, retain and educate students from diverse backgrounds with an emphasis and focus on teaching, serving and researching students and populations within an urban environment.

We offer a CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Counseling. The Counseling program offers a track in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. We train counselors to work in varied community mental health and school settings with a specific emphasis and sensitivity to work with underrepresented, marginalized and historically excluded populations. Graduates, from our counseling program, are highly trained for clinical work and prepared for entry to doctoral study.

We also offer the Endorsement in School Counseling Certificate and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs of Addiction. Our students and graduates are well prepared to serve out the psychology department’s mission of working with underrepresented groups within urban settings.


Mission of the Department

The mission of our Department is to offer a broad training in psychology to prepare students for graduate work or employment in entry-level jobs in the social service field.

We are committed to teaching, serving and researching students and populations within an urban environment.

Our students graduate equipped to act as global citizens within the 21st century and prepared to conduct the business of CSU'S mission.

Mission of the Graduate Program

The mission of the program is to produce highly qualified graduates equipped to serve the complex counseling demands in urban school and community settings with a specific emphasis on addressing the needs of urban youth and their families and equip them for citizenship in the 21st century environment of diversity, globalization, and social justice.