Chicago School of Professional Psychology Reviews

  • 31 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $14,738
63% of 31 students said this degree improved their career prospects
45% of 31 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Big Mistake
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Highly don't recommend. Most of your professors are adjunct or PhD candidates. You won't be learning from people who have been in the field longer than you have (sometimes I was in the field longer than them!). This school also does not care about minority groups. They talk about diversity and inclusion but their words do not match their actions. Do not expect to be treated equally here. The worst part was the thesis. The thesis process was the most aversive thing I have ever experienced. They kept sending back my thesis approval for the most ridiculous reasons (e.g., they changed their IRB phone number) and took over 6 months to give me approval for an exempt thesis (i.e., no vulnerable population). I took an extension thesis course and will likely have to take a second because of this absurd lack of professionalism from a school that calls themselves "professional" psychology. Unbelievable. Entire experience was soured by this process. And the school has the audacity to blame me and not assist or give me an alternative in anyway so I can graduate. They took over 50,000 in tuition and want me to pay for their mistakes. The least they could do is give tuition back for the extensions (or better yet, not charge a student for an extension that is clearly the school's fault!). Do not go here. You can get a better, cheaper education somewhere else."
Annoymous
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This is a money pit- you finish the course work then they keep you in Dissertation classes forever with no results. They only help who they want to help. My dissertation chair was so bad- I just stopped paying for absolutely nothing. Should have went to USC ."
Made A Fool
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2021
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Run! Do not waste over 1k a credit hour. Be prepared to not be responded to when you reach out for help or clarification. Be prepared to face plagiarism allegations if your writing is too good. Even if you can prove that you wrote your own paper by giving physical proof, they will not listen. Instructors are allowed to treat you however they choose, so if your not liked enough... tough luck! Be prepared to feel targeted if you ever have a complaint on an instructor. The school will tell you how they have services to help you for anything and then they vanish when you request it. If you truly want to invest your time and money in a school where you may or may not make it through because of uncontrollable issues with no support then this school is for you."
UnfortunatelyTCSPP
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2020
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"My experience has been very poor at the DC campus. The classes were useless, I learned very little. The head administrators are unhelpful and often aggressive towards students. This has happened to many of my friends, not just my opinion. They may get angry if you ask questions and we are told to do what they say or get out. One administrator sabotaged another student's internship application out of spite. I was told contradictory things about my training and class requirements, which caused several problems. The school is a "degree mill." If you just want the diploma so you can get a license, pay them to give you one. Don't expect to become a psychologist here."
Ashley
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The professors were AMAZING. They really helped you with what you needed and went out of their way for you. Small classes hep so you can ask questions. The admin in the other hand was a pain. They always send you to someone else if you have a question and that was annoying. Overall I enjoyed my time there and it was really because of the professors. They all really wanted to help you succeed."
MH
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2020
  • Degree: Counseling
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"a day ago Do not enroll in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It is a program for white anglo-saxon Protestant women only. If you are a black female, male, LGBTQ, disabled and using a reasonable accommodation, or non Protestant Christian you will at minimum have a difficult time and will be likely harassed and repeatedly refered to a disciplinary committee that the college claims is not a disciplinary committee. This school also saves every single piece of paper you ever give them, and will force you to write admissions of guilt that they insists are only reflection papers, then you will see the reflection paper again when you are referred to the disciplinary hearing. They also will wait until near the end of your degree when you are past the point you can transfer credits, near the end of your degree, then start harassing you, so they can get as much as possible because they don't want you to leave and loose your tuition money. This school also sweeps race discrimination, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment claims under the rug. Their modus operandi is to pretend to be so incompetent the school's general counsel can't understand claims and will keep asking for clarification even when the claims are extensively documented, so that the claims can be left at an intake stage, never invesigated, and ignore the claims. Multiple students have made claims to the school, have or are considering filing law suits, and have or are considering filing ethics complaints against professors with their state counseling boards."
Ebony Wilson
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I've just completed my first year of the IP Phd program (trauma concentration). It has been a great experience. The professors have a wealth of knowledge, they are concerned about you're academic well-being and are quick to respond if you have questions or concerns. The university is fast with responding as well. My cohort's field experience was canceled 3 times no fault of the TCSPP, but due to political atmosphere in one country and covid-19 in 2 other countries. They were concerned with the safety of the students and faculty. It has been an absolute please being a PhD student at TCSPP and I look forward to my continued studies and I am very happy that I made the choice to attend."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2020
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This is one of the worst universities in North America. They lure students in claiming to provide financial assistance through graduate assistantships, but don't have any positions available. It happened to me and it was already to late to apply somewhere else. Tuition is way too expensive and everyone I know is in serious debt because of their loans from here. The President is not to be respected and has done some sketchy things to my classmates and professors don't seem to like her. The faculty turnover is embarrassing as they used to have some decent professors but nobody knows any of the ones here now. I don't feel challenged and had more stringent expectations in my undergraduate psychology courses! I would probably go online before I came to this excuse for a school."
Marissa
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I really loved how challenging this program was. There were several times I felt myself being challenged. The Professors and Doctors who have taught my classes have helped me so much in growing and retaining the information I learned throughout the degree."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2019
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I must admit this was one of the few programs that allowed me to complete an entire online MA in Forensic Psychology. I'm one of the lucky ones who was able to get a degree out of interest in the topic, not to further my career. Therefore, my standards were already tailored to my needs, and less to the prestige of the degree. So for that, TCSPP was just fine for me. However, the program is expensive. Thankfully I have the Post 9-11 GI Bill to cover my expenses or I would have been very angry mid-way through. The program goals were confusing from the beginning. Originally I was enrolled in the DC Campus, even though I applied for the online campus. So after my first semester I had to transfer programs. The communication was very hit or miss on this process until I finally received notice it was complete. The instructors were mostly good, until they were very bad. I had a handful of fantastic instructors through my core classes, and then they got bad. It's like they brought in the bench warmers of PhD Instructors who were grading me on my performance, but couldn't even put together a coherent sentence. The grading rubrics were not consistent instructor to instructor, and what one instructor docked points for in grammar and formatting, another one praised. Be prepared to be frustrated through most of your courses and go with the flow. It's an easy enough program if you just want to get an MA for a hobby, but I'm very glad I don't have to count on this degree for my reputation in the Forensic career field."