Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

APA Accreditation Status, ASPPB/NR Designation, and WASC Accreditation

The Psy.D. program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our new program took its first class in 2010, and students from this class are currently completing doctoral internship.  As a new program, 2014 was the first year that we were permitted to apply for accreditation, and our self-study is now under review by the Commission on Accreditation. Our goal, which is aligned with the university's Strategic Plan, is to have the program accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2015. Our current status is “Under Review”: Students enrolled in the program on the final day of the site visit preceding the CoA decision to grant accreditation will have graduated from an accredited program. Please note that we cannot guarantee that CoA will grant us accreditation. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

The Psy.D. program meets the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR) "Guidelines for Defining a Doctoral Degree in Psychology." For you, this means that graduates who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied in each jurisdiction. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or territorial licensing board of the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply. ASPPB/NR Designation Programs:

California Lutheran University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC Senior College and University Commission). WASC Accredited Institutions:


Feedback Form