PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA-accredited PsyD program is designed to develop students’ clinical skills through the integration of practice and research. Students are trained to be competent in research and scholarship and appreciative of human diversity through serving the underserved.

You will be prepared for a fulfilling career as a licensed doctoral-level clinical psychologist in settings such as medical centers, universities, prisons, or community counseling centers.

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PsyD Online Information Session
Friday, Aug. 16, 2024 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Icon of megaphone  The application cycle for Fall 2024 is now closed. The application cycle for Fall 2025 will open mid-August 2024. Priority deadline for Fall 2025 is Dec. 1, 2024.

Our Commitments to Diversity and Inclusion

California Lutheran University prides itself on promoting a diverse learning environment that respects all perspectives, all ethnicities, all faiths, and those with no faith. The PsyD program's commitment to delivering excellence in psychological training includes the recognition that we are strongest when we are diverse and that all viewpoints contribute to our understanding of truth. We strongly believe that this open and accepting stance carries us closer to serving society with the best of what psychology has to offer.

The PsyD program both upholds and furthers the values and behaviors of California Lutheran University that advance respect, equity, inclusion, and social justice for all persons. In particular, the PsyD program directly acknowledges and unconditionally affirms the integrity of sexual and gender minorities and their access to all human, social, and individual rights.

Please read more about our Commitment to Diversity and our Statement of Sexuality and Gender Inclusivity.


Quick Facts

Program Units
Program Duration
5 years
Course Availability
Fall and spring semesters (15-week terms) and summer sessions
Start Term
New students begin during the Fall semester.
  • Oxnard
Program Costs


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Hands-on Clinical Training

Academic coursework is only one portion of the much larger, more comprehensive training that students receive.

Our program focuses on integrating research in clinical psychology with practical, hands-on experience in our two, full-time training clinics and in the broader community with some of our many partnering organizations.

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 Why Choose Cal Lutheran?

  • Diversity of strong students
  • Small entering class sizes
  • Excellent psychology faculty
  • Faculty with active clinical practices
  • State of the art classrooms
  • Optional concentration areas
  • Clinically focused curriculum
  • Two on-site training clinics
  • Diverse external practicum settings
  • Tailor your training experiences

More reasons to choose Cal Lutheran

The PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, 750 First St, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242.

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The PsyD program provides a strong foundation for students to identify and seek out educational and career opportunities that match their personal goals. I’ve been able to build clinical skills through various practicum training opportunities working with individuals, groups and couples at Cal Lutheran’s Community Clinic, Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, and the Veteran Affairs Administration. Each of these experiences have allowed me to work with different patient populations using a variety of clinical skills, getting me one step closer to becoming a clinician at a large interdisciplinary organization.

John Stempien