Graduates of the master’s degree in clinical psychology contribute to the science of psychology in a myriad of ways. The program employs a scientist-practitioner model and emphasizes the development of skills in research and statistics.

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
2017-18 Cost

$755 per credit

$25,670 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 who plan to continue their graduate studies in a doctoral program in psychology or related fields.

The program is also designed for students who desire to complete a terminal master's degree in psychology and do not intend to become a licensed practitioner.

Many of our graduates choose this career path and are successfully employed overseeing treatment programs in mental health agencies.

Why Cal Lutheran?

  • Diversity of students from all over the world.
  • Small entering class sizes of 12-15 students
  • Applied and practical research skills focused on open and reproducible science. 
  • Optional concentration areas
  • 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

Clinical Specializations

Taken during their second year, the specialized two-course sequence provides students clinical training and practical skills. Some examples of clinical specialization options include: 

  • Psychological Trauma Intervention
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/Methods in Suicide Assessment and Risk Management
  • Family Mediation Theory and Application

More program highlights


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