Why Cal Lutheran?

Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Diversity of strong students from all over the U.S. and abroad 
  • Excellent core psychology faculty who value teaching, research, and service.
  • Opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with the faculty as well as become involved in their research projects.
  • Attentive and kind administrative staff who are easily accessible.

Flexible Options

  • Two-year full time program or three-year part-time program.
  • Choose courses reflecting quantitative or clinical areas of study (e.g., introduction to programming in R/advanced techniques in statistics or dialectical behavior therapy and the treatment of suicidal behavior, trauma, child/adolescent, trauma, and others).

Classes and Curriculum

  • Very small entering class sizes of 15 students per cohort that allows for personal contact and discussion with professors and opportunities to develop close relationships with classmates and colleagues.
  • Thesis and Research project option  to apply your new skills towards an area of importance to the student.
  • Technology-equipped state of the art classrooms: computers, projectors with writable capabilities, internet access, and video and sound equipment.
  • Evening classes allow for flexible scheduling during the day.


  • Develop competence in research and scholarship.
  • Develop student initiated research ideas with faculty mentorship for the Master’s thesis and other independent projects.
  • Students of all capabilities are trained in the R programming language and instructed in the basics of statistical programming, data management, data visualization, data modeling.
  • Scientific values of openness, collaboration, and reproducibility are encouraged through coursework and the use of the the latest technology in conducting research.
  • Faculty actively involved in publishing and presenting with many opportunities to join faculty research programs to present and publish with them.
  • Funding available to student presenters to assist with conference travel.


  • Updated technology and computer labs with extensive online and physical library resources
  • Student Council actively involved in program development, professional development, community service, and providing programmatic feedback to the Director of the M.S. Clinical Program and Dean
  • Library access to 270 full-text online journals, 2279 physical volumes, 2709 full text e-books, and 2941 online videos for both students and faculty.
  • Interlibrary loan is easily accessible from computers on and off campus.


  • Program graduates are working in clinical psychology, business, marketing, administration, and health services.
  • Graduates may choose to further their education by completing a doctorate in psychology, public health, or related fields, or pursue additional Master’s degrees in areas such as business or mental health.

California Lutheran University

  • Ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2020 (Ranked 9th among Western Regional Universities and 4th among California Regional Universities)
  • Welcoming of diversity of all types: age, dis(ability) status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, language, nationality, political view, race, religion sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and spirituality.
  • Program benefits from the resources and support of the full university (online registration, computer support, academic support services, fitness center, etc.)
  • Private, not for profit university
  • WASC accredited

Ventura County

  • Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Thousand Oaks campus is 30 minutes from Malibu, less than 60 minutes from LA and 60 minutes from Santa Monica. Temperature is between 55 and 80 year round.
  • Biking, hiking, running, swimming, surfing, and farmers’ markets – all possible during study breaks or days off!
  • In August 2015, Ventura County was ranked in the Washington Post as the most desirable county to live in America. This ranking was based upon natural amenities, such as mild, sunny winters, temperate summers, low humidity, topographic variation, and access to a body of water.