About Accreditation

The Psy.D. program at Cal Lutheran is regionally accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and meets all the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in California and many other states.

This program meets the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Psychologists “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology.’” Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state, provincial, or territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply.

Some students applying to a doctoral program in clinical psychology look for a program that is also accredited by the American Psycholoical Association. Newly developed programs cannot be accredited immediately. As a result, while the Psy.D. program at Cal Lutheran was developed in accordance with American Psycholoical Association Standards, the Psy.D. program at Cal Lutheran is a "non-accredited program." We cannot guarantee APA accreditation.

More information about APA accreditation is available at www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/.

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