Ph.D. in Community Psychology

National Louis University's Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Psychology aims to develop skills necessary for advanced work at the interface of individuals, organizations, communities and public policy. Students who enter this program gain essential psychological, research and collaborative skills to address an array of social problems including, but not limited to, poverty, affordable housing, urban education, child abuse, substance abuse, violence, health and the environment. The program provides training in quantitative and qualitative methods, grant writing, prevention and intervention, evaluation, advocacy, community development, policy change and other areas.

Consider getting your Ph.D. in Community Psychology at NLU if you:

  • Have a master's degree in Psychology or a related field
  • Want to address community problems holistically and influence communities and families as well as individuals
  • Need flexible options that allow you to balance work and life

Why Earn Your Ph.D. in Community Psychology at NLU?

Since 1886, National Louis University has been preparing students for success in serving the needs of others. NLU provides a foundation for those who desire to contribute to the needs of their local and global communities through personal attention and coursework that is both practical and proven. NLU's founders were rooted in community activism. Our Doctorate of Philosophy program continues to carry out this legacy by educating students toward bringing about community change.

NLU provides an environment that values strong community-based experiences as much as academic background and test scores. Your fellow doctoral students will have master's degrees in a variety of disciplines ranging from traditional psychology to business administration. In addition, the dissertation is integrated into the coursework, and the curriculum is designed to be completed more quickly than traditional daytime programs.

What You Will Learn

  • Quantitative and qualitative methodological training necessary to conduct quality research
  • The complexities of working within various community settings and with a variety of stakeholders
  • How to view individuals in the context of family, community, and society
  • How to build upon the strengths within the community to alleviate concerns defined by the community
  • How to facilitate an empowerment process that leads to sustainable results

Career Outlook

Individuals with a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from National Louis University can expect to find employment as researchers, educators, advocates, policy analysts, program developers, evaluators and organizational consultants. Positions for community psychologists are available within governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, research centers and academic institutions.

Community Psychology Ph.D. Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

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Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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