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What will I learn?

This program follows a Practitioner-Scholar model that emphasized the applications of theory and research to clinical practice. The program develops competent professional health-care psychologists skilled in delivering a variety of clinical services to diverse populations in varied settings. The program’s most distinctive component is its dual emphasis on clinical expertise and clinical scholarship. Our students take courses in a wide range of subjects, including statistics, theories of personality, psychological assessment, multicultural issues, and psychological practice The Health Care psychology curriculum has four major areas of study: foundations of psychology, clinical and professional theory and skills, applied clinical research, and professional growth. Students may follow their own clinical interests and further their individual career goals by selecting a specialized series of courses, research, and field placements related to a particular area of practice.

Emphasis/Concentration/Tracks

The curriculum is designed to provide advanced doctoral students with the opportunity to complete coursework in an area of interest or to take electives to enhance the required course offerings. This study option into specific emphasis areas provides an entry to specialization which can continue at the post-doctoral level. Normally, two to four courses will be offered during the academic year from each of the emphases. Students who choose to pursue an emphasis area may be required to complete additional units beyond the 120 units required for the Psy.D. degree.

  • Family/Child Psychology Emphasis
  • Forensic Psychology Emphasis
  • Integrative Psychology Emphasis
  • Multicultural and International Emphasis
  • Psychodynamic Emphasis

The Psy.D. Program has adopted a series of three aims, nine competencies and related elements designed to implement its philosophy and meet the overall program aims. The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify attitudes, knowledge, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program and perceptions, feelings, and professional achievements alumni are expected to report as they pursue their profession. The elements are the expected specific outcomes for each of the respective competencies.

Aim 1: To prepare students as effective professional psychologists who are skilled at evaluating psychological functioning and providing empirically-supported interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings.

Aim 2: Train competent health service psychologists (HSPs) to deliver scientifically-informed psychological services to diverse individuals and groups.

Aim 3: Provide students with strong professional identities as licensed psychologists and the clinical skills, professional behaviors, and attitudes that reflect the highest ethical and professional standards in the entry-level practice of clinical psychology.

Which department am I in?

California School of Professional Psychology

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,794.25 per year
USD $115,177 for the entire course
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

Los Angeles Campus

Alliant International University,

1000 South Fremont Avenue #5,

ALHAMBRA,

California,

91803, United States

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,794.25 per year
USD $115,177 for the entire course
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

San Diego Campus

Alliant International University,

10455 Pomerado Rd,

SAN DIEGO,

California,

92131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold or be eligible for an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent prior to graduate entry. English language requirements: IELTS - 6.0, TOEFL IBT - 70, PTE - 50, Cambridge - 170, CEFR - B2, iTEP Academic - 4.0, CET - CET-6: 500.

For international students

Students must have been taken in a regionally-accredited master’s or doctoral program, must have been completed prior to entering our doctoral program. Must have resulted in a grade of B or better and have been completed within the last 7 years.

English language requirements: Minimum TOEFL score of 80 for the internet based test, a score of 213 for the computer based test or a score of 550 for the paper based test. IELTS: 6.0. Transfer with Freshman Composition grade of B or higher from a U.S. college or university. Minimum TWE score of 5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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