About the College of Psychology
The College of Psychology is an independent college at Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D. granting university, established in 1890, with programs in engineering, science, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. The first Psychology degrees were awarded by the University in 1926. Seventy years later, in 1996, the College of Psychology evolved from the Department of Psychology in Lewis College of Science and Letters.
The College is housed on the University's 120-acre Main Campus, which was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century's most influential architects. Today, the College of Psychology is uniquely positioned to respond to the demand for mental health care practitioners, educators, top corporate performers and gifted consultants with the skills to understand people in many sectors and settings.
We train professionals who can promote wellness, learning, corporate restructuring, retraining, workforce diversity and globalization.
Psychology's research and teaching strengths in clinical, rehabilitation and industrial/organizational disciplines earn accolades and national rankings.
Undergraduate education at the College of Psychology is focused on human behavior research. Graduate programs offer research and applied experience preparing graduates to function effectively as independent professionals or in post-doctoral training and academia. Learning at the College affords students unique opportunities for bridging business, industry, health care, and human resources, as well as individual and family life.
Psychology graduates work in settings ranging from mental health facilities, academia, consulting, manufacturing, finance, industry and government. More than 94% of students from the university enter graduate school or are employed in their field of study within six months of graduation.
Psychology provides a great background for a wide variety of careers.
The College of Psychology offers the advantages of a small, profession-focused college in the setting of a sprawling urban campus. Study of human behavior is merged with learning to design, analyze and interpret empirical research using statistical methods, a distinctive combination that allows students to capitalize on both their analytic proficiencies and their interest in people.
At IIT, psychology is studied as a science, so students develop a background in scientific thinking — they become problem solvers.
The small, cohesive and diverse faculty offer both undergraduates and graduate students a unique mentoring relationship, a superior learning environment — including small class sizes at all course levels, and unparalleled research and internship opportunities.
The College of Psychology's Industrial/Organizational program is the oldest, most successful and most respected in the Chicago area. Princeton Review's The Gourman Report of Graduate Programs (1997) ranked the I/O program thirteenth in the nation. We offer Master's level opportunities in Personnel and Human Resources and specialty Certificates in training.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program and its faculty have received national recognition for their contributions to the field, currently ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Certificates in Assistive Technology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation round out the program.
The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offers intensive clinical and research training from the cognitive-behavioral and social-learning theoretical frameworks, emphasizing an integration of clinical practice and productive research.
Faculty at the College of Psychology hold office in numerous national professional organizations, collectively sit on more than thirty editorial boards and publish on a wide variety of subjects and fascinating areas of expertise.
The College offers professional consulting services through the Center for Research and Service. It is a nexus of information and services and forges ongoing partnerships linking the science of psychology with industry and the community. Staffed by a full-time Director and consulting professionals, the Center supports clients through research-based solutions that improve individual, team and organizational performance. The College also directs activities of the university's Leadership Academy.