Program Overview

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at the San Diego campus of Alliant’s International University’s California School of Professional Psychology 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.


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Emphasis Areas

The curriculum for the PsyD clinical program is designed to provide advanced doctoral students with the opportunity to complete coursework in an area of interest or to take electives to enhance the required course offerings. This study option provides an entry to specialization which can continue at the post-doctoral level. Normally, two to four courses will be offered during the academic year from each of the following emphases.

  • Clinical Health Emphasis
  • Family/Child Psychology Emphasis
  • Forensic Psychology Emphasis
  • Integrative Psychology Emphasis
  • Multicultural and International Emphasis Area
  • Psychodynamic Emphasis

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Program Information

The San Diego Clinical Psychology PsyD program’s most distinctive component is its dual emphasis on clinical practice and clinical scholarship. Our students take courses in a wide range of subjects. 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.

Research Topics

  • Statistics
  • Theories of personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment
  • Cultural psychology
  • Integrative psychology

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:

  • Clinical Health
  • Family/Child Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Integrative Psychology
  • Multicultural and International
  • Psychodynamic

Doctoral students in the San Diego clinical psychology program also have the opportunity to refine 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.


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.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (.pdf)

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

*Questions related to a program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

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The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.

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