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San Diego PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program

A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited* PsyD in Clinical Psychology 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.

The San Diego Doctor of Psychology 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.

San Diego Program Features

The PsyD degree program in San Diego offers six emphasis areas, allowing doctoral students to enhance their studies with advanced coursework. Emphasis areas include:

  • Assessment
  • Family/Child Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Integrative Psychology
  • Multiculturalism and International
  • Psychodynamic

Doctoral students in the San Diego program also have the opportunity to improve their skills by providing supervised mental health services at a variety of locations in the San Diego community. For more information, visit the San Diego Community Services and Placements.

Duration and Degree Requirements

On average, students who progress successfully should expect to complete the San Diego Doctor of Psychology degree program in a minimum of four to five years. The recommended plan is for three years of coursework followed by a full-time APA-accredited internship.

Additionally, 40 hours of individual psychotherapy with a psychologist licensed in California are required prior to graduation.


The California School of Professional Psychology’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in San Diego 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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