Program Overview

The human focus on “self” has almost exclusively been within the physiological realm, but over the last few decades, psychology has evolved in its role as a helping profession. Historical California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) faculty like Abraham Maslow, Viktor Frankl, and Carl Rogers are only a few of the names that the students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology Program at CSPP are following on a journey to prepare themselves to serve their communities and make a lasting impact through their careers. This program provides students a fundamental understanding and appreciation of societal interdependence as well as the development of multicultural and global perspectives.

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Program Highlights

Hands-On Experience

Field placements are an integral part of the curriculum. Placement sites include clinical, educational, forensic, hospital, and research settings.

Fast-Track Option

The Fast-Track option allows you to spend your last undergraduate year taking ‘bridge classes’ that count toward completing your bachelor’s and a master’s degree in any of the following programs: MA in Organizational Psychology, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and MA in Clinical Counseling.

Adaptable Admissions

Admission is designed to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike, so we offer multiple admission periods each year, and require no minimum unit requirements for transfer.

Publications and Presentations – Alliant at APA

At Alliant, student publications and presentations at industry conferences are part of our modus operandi and our undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct independent research with the close supervision of faculty

Alliant faculty are not only preparing our students to enter their chosen fields poised for success. They are priming their students to become leaders in their fields—they are preparing their students to become their colleagues. Our faculty often work with their students to publish their work and present at leading industry conferences.

Check out the list of some of our undergraduate student publications and presentations over the past few years, including presentations at this year’s American Psychological Association (APA) conference here.

Professional Training Opportunities

The field placement courses provide students the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom by working in the field while receiving course credit. Students learn to integrate theory, research and practice into their field placement. This supervised experience working in the community presents a rich opportunity to apply psychological theories and practice learned in the classroom to real-world settings.

Student placements can include clinical, forensic, school, hospital and other applied settings and may also include assisting in an ongoing applied research project. Student placements are determined by both student interest and academic and interpersonal preparation.

  • Field Placements: Our Students in the Department of Psychology and Criminal Systems Department have submitted 7264 hours in their Field Placements during Spring 2017 and Spring 2018! The placements range from Hospitals, Schools, Prisons, Community Organizations.
  • 2 required Field Placements (Internships)
    • 130 hours each, over 200 locations in San Diego
    • 86% of our students are hired from their Field Placement sites
  • Sample of Field Placements of these organizations include:
  • Interactions for Peace
  • Urban Collaborative Project
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • San Diego Center for Children
  • Reading Legacies – teaching incarcerated parents to read to their children
  • STAR/PAL (Sports Training, Academics, Recreation/Police Athletic League) – provides over 10,000 youth services annually in inner-city neighborhoods throughout the city and county of San Diego.
  • S. Attorneys Office
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • United Way
  • Aging and Independent Services
  • S. Department of Veteran Services
  • Department of Public Health, San Diego
  • San Diego Psychiatric Hospital
  • Sharpe Hospital
  • Vista Hill
  • Child Welfare
  • San Diego Police Department

Field Placement Sites and Student Experiences

Our students and alumni have been doing great work in their field placements all throughout San Diego. Learn more about their experiences here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Psychology is one of the faster-growing fields in the U.S. today. The Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that it will grow by 14% over the next 10 years, earning the field a “Faster than average” designation from the BLS. This level of growth is expected due to increasing demand for psychologists specializing in clinical psychology and counseling psychology as people continue to turn to psychologists for help. Psychologists also will be needed to provide services to an aging population, helping people deal with the mental and physical changes they face as they grow older.

Graduates of the Bachelor’s in Psychology Degree Program often go on to continue their studies in a master’s-level program so that they may work as a psychologist in professional-care settings. They can also branch out into other fields, such as: mental health technician, career counseling, social sciences, corrections, case management, technical writing, grant writing, market research, social services, teaching, child care, and many, many more, as a BS in Psychology offers a wide range of options.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

There are four specialized elective tracks you can choose from during your program—Clinical Psychology, Couple and Family Therapy, Criminal Justice Systems, and Forensic Psychology. All of these elective tracks consist of three-to-six courses, each worth three credits, to be taken during your Junior and Senior years, and are already built into your requirements for graduation after the standard 23 terms.

This program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The Bachelor’s in Psychology degree program is a 120-credit program and takes a minimum of 4 years to complete, or 23 terms.

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Program Campus Locations

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSPP

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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