Degrees and State Licensure

Licensing and Credentialing

CalSouthern Degrees Meet Educational Requirements for Licensure in Numerous States

California Southern University degrees satisfy state educational requirements for licensure in a number of fields. For example, the Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) degree is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist or professional clinical counselor. The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree meets the educational requirements of the California Board of Psychology for licensure as a clinical psychologist. Those who graduate with CalSouthern’s Juris Doctor (JD) may sit for the California State Bar Examination to become a licensed attorney.

Because CalSouthern is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, its degrees also satisfy the educational requirements for licensure in numerous other states. For additional information regarding the MA and state licensure, click here. For additional information regarding the PsyD and state licensure, click here.

Please be aware that states’ policies in this regard are subject to change and/or dependent upon the circumstances of each case. It is each student’s responsibility to confirm with the appropriate regulatory body that CalSouthern’s degree will be accepted in a particular state.

Committee of Bar Examiners

California Committee of Bar Examiners

California Southern University School of Law is registered as an unaccredited correspondence law school with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. This allows graduates of the JD program who have complied with Title 4, Division 1 of the Rules of the State Bar of California to sit for the California Bar Exam and upon passing the Bar Exam, to practice law in California.

Board of Psychology

California Board of Psychology

The Board of Psychology of the State of California accepts California Southern University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree as meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in California. Persons interested in licensure are advised to contact the Board of Psychology in Sacramento, California to determine what other requirements may exist for licensure.

Board of Behavioral Sciences

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

The Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California accepts California Southern University’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) degree as meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California as well as for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. Persons interested in licensure are advised to contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences in Sacramento, California to obtain a complete listing of all requirements for licensure.

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) has identified California Southern University’s Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Addiction Studies as meeting nationally approved standards of education developed for the addiction/substance use disorders counseling profession. Contact hours (CEHs) provided by California Southern University’s Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Addiction Studies will be accepted toward national credentialing by the NAADAC Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP). Persons interested in certification are encouraged to contact the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) for more information and to obtain a complete listing of all requirements for certification.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

The California Consortium of Addiction Program and Professionals (CCAPP) and the Education Board (CCAPP Institute) have granted School Approval to California Southern University’s Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Addiction Studies. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specific Education requirements provided by California Southern University’s Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Addiction Studies will fulfill the educational requirement for the Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I (CADC I) or Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II (CADC II). Persons interested in certification are encouraged to contact the CCAPP Credentialing Board for more information and to obtain a complete listing of all requirements for certification.