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San Diego

America’s Finest City


A San Diego College with Programs in Psychology, Education, Business and Law


From the bluffs of Del Mar to the beaches of Coronado, San Diego is often referred to as America’s finest city for good reason. It’s San Diego naval base, scenic coastlines, unbeatable weather, and unique dining experiences are just a few of the factors that drive a significant majority of the approximate 1200 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students to begin their careers and call San Diego home upon graduating. As a noted biotechnological, medical, and military hub, Alliant International University San Diego college students have a plethora of internship and career opportunities to choose from. 

Nestled between the beaches and mountains, Alliant’s San Diego college rests upon the tree-lined hillside of Scripps Ranch. Conveniently situated just off the I-15, students can take a short drive to explore either the beach, downtown, or the mountains.

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The expansive San Diego campus hosts several classroom buildings, with typically small class sizes, MacDonald Hall, the University Student Center, and the newly renovated Walter library. It also boasts campus-wide Wi-Fi, two computer labs, video conference facilities, conference rooms, and scenic study areas. Such amenities ensure that our students have all the tools they need to succeed academically.  If you are looking for a San Diego law school, business school, psychology school, or education degree you can find all the classes and coursework you need at our San Diego campus. There’s no better place to continue higher education in the country. Check out our financial aid and scholarship resources.


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Our Degree Programs

The San Diego campus offers both undergraduate bachelor’s degrees as well as graduate programs in psychology, education, business, and law.  


San Diego Campus Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Undergraduate Degrees
    • BS in Business Administration – Instructs students on the ever-shifting and expanding world of business, particularly in light of technological innovation in an increasingly globalized society. Whether you want to start a business, work for a nonprofit, work in an agency, or join an established enterprise, a bachelor’s in Business Administration prepares you to make your mark. Join our San Diego business school to learn how to start, manage, and operate a company with this bachelor’s degree. 
    • BS in Project Management  – Complex projects require a leader who is an effective communicator, problem solver, coordinator, and motivator. Our program helps you develop the skills you need to successfully develop, organize, and implement complex processes across a variety of industries. 

    • BS in Psychology – Looking to earn a psychology degree in San Diego? This course reflects the evolution in thought and practice within the field of clinical psychology, particularly through the lens of multicultural and global perspectives. It prepares students to serve communities and make a lasting impact, wherever they go. 

    • BS in Hospitality Management

San Diego Campus Graduate Degrees

  • Psychology Degrees
    • MA in Marital and Family Therapy – This master’s program teaches students about the evolving practices and study of psychology in light of changing societal norms and views towards family and marriage. Graduates will be given the requisite skills and knowledge they need to empathize with and treat patients.
    • MA in Organizational Psychology – This master’s degree focuses on Industrial Organizational Psychology. The program equips graduates with the practices and tools they need to be stars in the business world, from communication to leadership.

    • PhD in Clinical Psychology, San Diego – This research-heavy doctoral program centers on training academics in their furthered pursuit of scholastic knowledge and study. Our San Diego clinical psychology program utilizes an integrated scholar-practitioner model that will aid graduate researchers in their pursuit of grant funding.

    • PhD in Organizational Psychology – The doctoral program in Organizational Psychology helps businesspeople identify and then tear down the barriers that separate individuals in a diverse workplace. We produce leaders who can take a group of individuals and turn them into a team.

    • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, San Diego – A doctoral program that uses a practitioner-scholar model based upon modern research and psychological theory. We seek to turn our pupils into clinical psychologists who are equipped to handle the varied needs of a diverse and complex client base.

    • PsyD in Marital and Family Therapy – This doctoral program encourages students to learn both in the classroom and with hands-on experiences. The amalgamation of theory with practice results in doctors who are able to help clients or patients work through their relationship issues and move towards favorable outcomes.

  • Education Degrees
    • EdD in Educational Leadership and Management – A Doctor of Education program that seeks to produce the next generation of leaders and innovators in the world of education. The graduates of this program exit our halls prepared to be “agents of change” in educational organizations around the world.
    • EdD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – In such a diverse society, there’s a constant need for caring, patient, and instructional teachers of second languages. The EdD in TESOL San Diego program unites modern theory with modern practices, so that graduates are prepared to help others find their voice.  Our TESOL certification in San Diego allows you to gain your accreditation in a diverse and supportive environment.

    • MAE in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – A Master’s of Arts in Education program that gives ESOL teachers advanced theories and practices they need to break down barriers and then build bridges. At Alliant International University, you will be equipped with the resources you need to gain a teaching degree in San Diego.

  • Business Degrees
    • Certificate in Financial Management – This ACBSP-accredited program teaches students about finance and accounting, and the analytical skills they need to succeed in the world of finance. The three-course program prepares graduates to succeed in a corporation, bank, or financial institution.
    • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – A doctoral program that focuses on collaborative research, quantitative analysis, and advanced statistics to give students an edge in the business world. We embolden the next generation of global business leaders.

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – This MBA program arms students with the knowledge they need to be masters of their business sector. From the classroom to the board room, our students emerge prepared to make their mark.

    • MBA in Hospitality Management

    • MS in Data Analytics – A Master’s of Science in Data Analytics that can be achieved in class or online. It gives our graduates the statistical modeling, in-depth analysis, forecasting, and operational problem-solving tools they need to “master the machine.”

    • MS in Healthcare Analytics – Instructs college students on the seemingly endless roles and occupations that buttress the healthcare system, and trains them how to use analytics to optimize the system. This course produces professionals who are able to be efficient cogs within the massive healthcare machine.  

    • PhD in Leadership – A doctoral course created by both the California School of Management and Leadership and the California School of Professional Psychology, which unites theoretical, strategic, and organizational studies to better understand the philosophy and psychology undergirding leadership. This is yet another one of our programs that seeks to produce “agents of change.”

  • Law Degrees

    The Law School is one of the first law schools to be accredited by the State Bar of California and has had continuous accreditation since 1937. Students at San Diego Law School are instructed in all subjects tested on the California Bar Examination.

    Check our law degree program in San Diego below:

    • Juris Doctorate (JD) – The extensive law school course covers everything from torts, to legal writing, to criminal and evidence procedure. Our San Diego law school is founded on a dedication and commitment to advocacy and justice, and our desire is to produce lawyers who in turn become advocates in their own communities.
“In my experience with Alliant, it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer–and so I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn Serrano
Alumna, California School of Education
“I deliberately chose CSPP because it is a professional school. I knew I wanted to be a practitioner, and I went to Alliant for that unique model. The school provided a good balance for making you a good consumer of data and science, yet also preparing you to work as a professional.”
Mark Blankenship
Alumnus, California School of Professional Psychology

Our Faculty

Alliant International University’s faculty is filled with top-notch educators. Meet just a few of our San Diego staff: 

james adams

James Adams PhD, Associate Professor & Program Director - Dr. Adams has a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), in Educational Psychology. Dr. Adams is an Associate Professor and the System-wide Program Director for the online Psy.D. Educational Psychology program.

Dr. Adams has worked in community mental health settings, private practice and in public schools in California. Furthermore, Dr. Adams is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Additionally, Dr. Adams is a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. He holds two Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credentials - School Psychology and School Counseling in the State of California. He also has a clear credential in school administration in the State of California.


Carolyn Allard PhD, Program Director and Associate Professor – Dr. Allard is a licensed psychologist, and a well-known researcher and speaker. As the program director, Dr. Allard focuses her research on the effects of interpersonal trauma versus non-interpersonal trauma. 

Dr. Allard has her Board Certification in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Prior to Alliant, she spent more than a decade acting as program director of the Military Sexual Trauma & Interpersonal Trauma Clinic and San Diego Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health at the Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. She has written and co-authored several books, articles, and papers, and has been interviewed for her expertise on both television and radio.

carolyn allard
rene naert

Rene Naert PhD, Program Director, Undergrad ASM – The program director of Alliant’s MBA program, Dr. Naert has spent more than two decades in education program development, delivery, and administrative experience. He is a beloved professor who focuses on systems analytics, teaching courses such as networks management, internet and web development, and information systems applications. 

As president of, Dr. Naert has done extensive consulting work with enterprise companies. He has worked as a systems analyst, curriculum developer, and systems engineer, and holds several degrees.


Liana Abascal PhD, Associate Professor – A clinical psychologist that maintains both a private practice as well as a busy teaching schedule. Dr. Abascal teaches statistics, health psychology, and research methods. 

For nearly two decades, she has been heavily involved in clinical and research work on a variety of health-related topics, including eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease prevention. As such, she has held roles with the Behavioral Diabetes Institute as well as the UCSD Eating Disorders Center, and the Rady Children’s Hospital.

liana abascal

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How to Get to Alliant San Diego

Alliant International University of San Diego is just off exit 14, Pomerado Road. We’re close to Scripps Ranch and the Elliot Chaparral Reserve. 

Our San Diego Campus address is: 
10455 Pomerado Rd. 
San Diego, CA 92131

Campus Map

Our hours are: 
8AM – 7PM Monday - Thursday
8AM – 4PM Friday

Our contact number is: (858) 635-4000

Our admissions team is available to answer questions you may have about earning a college degree at Alliant International University. You can also learn about tuition and fees here.


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