Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree programs in California usually take about 5 years to complete and consist of coursework, clinical training, and a pre-doctoral 1-year internship. In this article, we explore your affordable options for attending a PsyD degree program in this state, including an overview of tuition and degree requirements.
Affordable California PsyD Programs
The below chart is based on tuition information provided by the individual universities and excludes any additional university or program fees and costs. The chart shows the tuition rate for a single year in the program for full-time, in-state or out-of-state students, with these programs offering the lowest 1st year cost of APA-accredited schools in California.
|School||Location||Average 1st-year Cohort Cost (2019-2020)|
|California Lutheran University||Oxnard, CA||$28,560*|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||$30,300**|
|Fuller Theological Seminary||Pasadena, CA||$33,610***|
|University of La Verne||Oxnard, CA||$37,600****|
|The Wright Institute||Berkeley, CA||$37,650*****|
Sources: CLU*, LLU**, Fuller Theological Seminary***, ULV****, The Wright Institute*****
Overview of California PsyD Programs
California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University's PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program requires 114 credits and is designed to be completed in 5 years. In this program you could take coursework on different topics, such as the biological aspects of behavior, ethics, diagnostic interviewing, group psychotherapy, and social psychology. You are also required to complete a second-year project or competency exam, qualifying exams, and a dissertation. Your clinical experiences include internal practicums at Cal Lutheran clinics, external practicums, and a full 1-year internship.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary has a 242-unit PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program where you also earn a Master of Arts in Psychology when you complete 88 units. This program's coursework includes classes on general and clinical psychology, theology, and the integration of theology and psychology. Research requirements include a dissertation of original scholarly work and placement in a research lab where you work with a faculty member on your dissertation. Throughout your 5 years in this program, you will receive clinical training in the university's in-house clinic, be placed at a training center in the Los Angeles County area, complete a pre-internship practicum, and complete your 1-year internship.
Loma Linda University
At Loma Linda University, you can earn a 168-credit PsyD in Clinical Psychology in 5 years. The curriculum for this program features classes on psychopharmacology, spirituality in clinical psychology, and personality assessment. Starting in your second year, you will be placed in LLU-affiliated and non-LLU practicum sites. Along with coursework and clinical training, you must pass a comprehensive exam and complete a doctoral project. A pre-doctoral internship is also required.
University of La Verne
University of La Verne offers a 5-year PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program that requires 120 semester hours. Over the course of this program, you could take classes on such subjects as psychopathology, professional issues/ethics, biological bases of behavior, and personality assessment. A dissertation is also required. Your clinical training occurs during your 2nd and 3rd year in the program, and you could be placed at two different sites in order to amass 1,500 training hours; an elective 4th year practicum experience is also available. In addition, your 5th year consists of a 1-year internship.
The Wright Institute
The Wright Institute's PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program features coursework that centers on such topics as cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, sociocultural issues, lifespan development, and intervention. Your practicum experiences begin in your 1st year, and by year 2, you will be placed in one of the Wright Institute's clinics or at a site in the community. You gain more clinical experience in year 3, and complete your dissertation in year 4. Your final year in the program is spent completing your internship. Last, a portfolio review that includes assessments of your academic performance, clinical training performance, and two qualifying exams is also required.
Typically, affordable PsyD degree programs in California take about 5 years to complete. During your program, you will take coursework, complete clinical and practicum training hours, and complete a 1-year pre-doctoral internship.