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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs


The California School of Professional Psychology offers two different kinds of doctoral degree programs in clinical psychology:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Both programs are available on multiple campuses and are individually accredited by the American Psychological Association.

PhD or PsyD: Which is for You?

There are distinct differences between our doctoral programs in clinical psychology. The PhD is traditionally more academic and research-oriented, while the PsyD degree is more practitioner-oriented. Also, the PhD requires a minimum of five years to complete, while the PsyD usually takes a minimum of four.

However, both degrees reflect California School of Professional Psychology’s hallmark integration of psychological theory and research with extensive fieldwork. Both programs emphasize the application of knowledge and skills within a multicultural, socially responsible context. Both require the completion of a dissertation.

Graduate Career-Ready

All Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs fulfill California state licensing requirements, and in some cases they exceed those requirements. If you are planning to practice in another state, other requirements may apply. 

Find the Program that Fits Your Future

From campus to campus, our clinical psychology doctoral programs have commonalities and differences. We invite you to explore them in depth and find the one that best meets your specific interests and goals by following the links below. The links will also lead you to student outcome data including time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure, as required by the APA Commission on Accreditation.*

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

*Questions related to each CSPP Program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation