This clinical psychology program provides students with a balance of practical skills in research and statistics combined with training in evidence-based psychotherapy. 

Currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 start term.

Application Deadline is February 15th, 2021

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Students can receive training in quantitative methods that is tailored toward preparing them for doctoral study in psychology or immediate employment in administrative positions related to work in the clinical and health sciences.  The program supports open science initiatives, utilizes the latest technological advances in statistical methods, and helps students master the R statistical programming language. R is a common choice for academic research in the social and biological sciences and the tool of choice in clinical studies (Robinson, 2017).

In addition to our quantitative emphasis, advanced clinical training is provided in cognitive-behavioral interventions and assessment.  Students are trained in essential skills to work with a variety of clinical populations (e.g., anxiety, depression, personality disorders) and across multiple settings (e.g., counseling centers, hospitals).  In doing so, the program strives to recognize and appreciate the role of culture, diversity, and values in clinical practice.  

Quick Facts
Program Units
Average Duration
2 years
On-campus with a full-time or part-time course load 
Calendar & Course Availability

Fall and spring semesters (15-week terms) and summer sessions

  • Thousand Oaks
Program Costs

$820 per credit

$30,340 base cost


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Graduates may be involved in activities as diverse as measuring the efficacy of clinical programs, developing new methods of assessment, or providing consultation to organizations.

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Career Options

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for either:

(1) Continuing their graduate studies in a doctoral program in psychology or other related clinical health science fields such as Clinical, Counseling, School, or other Social Science areas.

(2) Seeking immediate employment related to the measurement of clinical outcomes or program evaluation in health settings.

*Note: The MS Clinical Psychology program does not prepare a student for licensure at the Master’s level.

Why Cal Lutheran?

  • Diversity of students from all over the world.
  • Small entering class sizes of 12-15 students
  • Applied and practical research skills in statistics using the R programming language 
  • Optional concentration areas
  • Opportunity to write a thesis project
  • A psychology faculty who value teaching, research, and service
  • Two-year full time program or three-year part-time program

More reasons to choose our program


Taken in the second year, a two-course elective sequence provides students with advanced strategies in psychotherapy or quantitative methods. Advanced elective course options include:

  • Clinical Training (Course examples: Dialectical Behavior Therapy/Methods in Suicide Assessment and Risk Management, Principles and Techniques of Child/Adolescent Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Quantitative Training (Course topics include Meta-Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling).

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The small university setting is really great for working closely and developing professional relationships with the faculty and advisors. They really get to know what your interests and strengths are. If you are passionate, they will help you go as far as you want to go.

Kristina Rodriguez '15 PsyD, '10 M.S. in Clinical Psychology