PsyD in Clinical Psychology, San Diego


Degree 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

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, San Diego emphasis areas


Degree 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.

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.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979


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Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92131
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Training Model: A Practitioner-Scholar Program

Special features of the San Diego program include a particular emphasis on evidence-based practice, a rich set of opportunities for gaining research and clinical skills in multicultural, child/family, forensic, and integrative psychology, and the integration of clinical practice with coursework.

Field Training

Students receive four years of practicum and internship experiences. Placements are available in more than 75 agencies. Most of these facilities are within a 25-mile radius of the campus, but some are as far as 80 miles away for the benefit of students who live in Orange County.

Assignment to placements results from an application process conducted by year level. Entering students are placed at a practicum agency for 10 hours/week during the school year. Practica in the second and third year are chosen by the student from a list of pre-approved sites. The final internship is an APA-accredited full-time internship in the fourth year, and an option exists for students to do two half-time internship placements in the fourth and fifth years. However, unless an exemption is granted, all Clinical PsyD students must apply for a minimum of 11 APA internships. Students will interview for each position, and the selecting agency makes the final decision.

Students meet with their site supervisor each week a minimum of 10% of their time at the site. One of the hours must be individual supervision and the rest can be individual or group. Students keep a tally form which is signed each week by the supervisor.
Research Training

PsyD students participate in the Proposal Development and Clinical Dissertation Group. These are intensive seminars that integrate practice and directed reading in small group formats and prepare students for the clinical dissertation - an applied scholarly work in the chosen area of advanced competency. The student defends the dissertation plan to a faculty committee at the Proposal Meeting.


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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.



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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