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Clinical Psychology PsyD San Diego

A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited* Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at the San Diego campus of Alliant International University follows a practitioner model that emphasizes the applications of theory and research to clinical practice. The program develops competent professional clinical psychologists skilled in delivering a variety of clinical services to diverse populations in varied settings.

Dual Emphasis: Scholarship and Individual Skills

The San Diego Clinical Psychology PsyD 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
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment
  • Cultural psychology
  • Integrative psychology

They also participate in a clinical dissertation group, an intensive seminar that integrates practice and directed reading in small group format and prepares them for the clinical dissertation requirement for graduation.

Individual Psychotherapy Assignment

Forty hours of individual psychotherapy with a psychologist licensed in California are required prior to graduation.


On average, students who progress successfully should expect to complete the San Diego PsyD program in a minimum of four to five years.


The CSPP San Diego Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.


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

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

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