Chicago School of Professional Psychology Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,738
63% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 28 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

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."
62
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2019
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 1993
"“They Lied To Me, Twice, Without Saying A Word” This review is harsh, so I want to recognize the one faculty member who was not just the most talented psychologist I have ever met, but also the only CSPP faculty member who could hold your attention. Most of all this person who earned the right to privacy is the only person who truly and sincerely cared about and supported me and the rest of us. Lie 1: I started at CSPP in 1987. By the 1980’s, managed care became entrenched in our health care system. CSPP would know that, as most faculty had a part time practice, and would also recognize the difficulties I’d face making a living due to managed care. Not one word. Lie 2 ; Most psychologists in IL work in private practice as independent contractors, unless they have the bank to open their own practice or can afford to live off receivables with no benefits of any kind. Independent contractors work for pimps and get treated like hoes who fail to make bank. I went back to school to get the education and training needed to provide the best therapy for patients. If I wanted to open my own business, I’d get a degree in business. If I wanted the thrill of working on commission while living off receivables, without benefits, I could have walked through my local indoor mall, my local strip malls, or find a drug dealer or pimp. They are honest about what to expect when working for them, unlike the liars on CSPP’s faculty. Of course, drug dealers and pimps con marks. CSPP saw me and my classmates as marks, and conned us."
Recruiting
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"After having graduated and having had multiple interviews no employer seems to appreciate the value of this degree. I have networked my butt off. Increased my LinkedIn network by 500+ since starting the program and I still have not found a job. Get this degree to end in recruiting and job requires nothing."
LZ
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2019
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I just knew that this school was what I needed to further my career in forensic psychology, but boy was I wrong. There are some professors who love what they do and care about your educational experience. Then there are those that are simply there for a paycheck. Since my fourth semester at the school, I’ve been having consistent issues with canvas and then with the school website itself! Since I could get IT by phone, I emailed them. I received one email about a ticket each time, then nothing else. With lack of communication from them, I took my computer to have it serviced. Turns out, my computer is fine all around. I reach out to the director and she tells me it’s my connectivity issues. NO ITS NOT! I explain the entire situation to her and don’t receive an email until a week later. The professor knew the situation and wouldn’t even allow me to makeup work that was missed due to every issue. Talked about PISSED!! Unfortunately, I’m at the end of this semester and the issues have continued. When I am able to get onto the school website I try to get assignments done. And by then, it’s too late for discussion work. It’s hard enough to be earning another degree while having a husband and 4 kids and working full time for the government. Who has all day to troubleshoot software and deal with this. Then out of frustration I accidentally said the “f” word...the director hasn’t stopped conversing about that!! I understand how bad that was, but where was that consistency of communication when it came to my canvas issues?! This is honestly the worst graduate school experience ever!! Law school issues were better than this!"