The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree program is for individuals who are interested in advancing their knowledge of clinical issues in psychology and developing the practical application of this knowledge for the professional practice of psychology. The curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the State of California. The Doctor of Psychology exposes learners to theoretical and practical methodologies within the field.

Our innovative program provides comprehensive courses as well as a variety of elective courses and opportunities for supervised clinical experience to emphasize the service orientation of a professional clinical degree. The program provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for growth in their professional career.

Admission to the PsyD program requires both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with the master’s degree in psychology or a related field of study.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 66
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 4-5 years (full-time status)
  • Max transfer credits: 30 credits

Time to degree completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Formulate and express in writing advanced conceptualizations of psychological ideas with the capacity to design, evaluate, and defend these concepts.

Employ appropriate oral communication skills to successfully interact with people from a variety of experiences and backgrounds in presentations, discussions, negotiations, and conflict management situations.

Construct and assess logical and/or empirical evidence from advanced clinical psychological theory and research, employing complex judgments drawn from inferential statistics and scientific methodology.

Critically weigh and consider the clinical impact that cultural and social institutions have on psychotherapy clients’ ethical systems, values, worldview assumptions, and presenting, psychological symptoms.

Design an advanced system of inquiry that is rooted in peer-reviewed, empirical research findings to describe, critically evaluate, hypothesize about, predict outcome, and intervene with clinical populations.

Incorporate psychometric theory in designing assessment methods in clinical psychology, including critically evaluating established systems of diagnosis.

Create and evaluate evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment plans to reduce psychopathological symptoms and improve clients’ adaptive functioning.

Distinguish between statistically normal and abnormal patterns of development across the lifespan, and discriminate between the various protective vs. risk factors that influence developmental outcomes for clinical populations.

Career Outcomes

Clinical Psychologist*

Work with clients in Private Practice, Mental Health Clinics, Hospitals, and the Justice System

Administrative Supervisorial Positions

Graduate or Post-Graduate Faculty



*Our program fulfills the educational requirements to pursue licensure as a psychologist in California. Please see the California Board of Psychology for additional coursework that may be required.

Doctor of Psychology Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 33
Elective Courses 18
Comprehensive Examination 1
Doctoral Project Courses 14
Internship (optional) 0

Disclaimer: All program requirements for the Doctor of Psychology degree program must be completed through California Southern University in no less than two (2), no more than ten (10) years of initial course enrollment.

Courses + Credits

The following courses comprise the requirements for the PsyD degree program at CalSouthern. The PsyD program includes 33 credits of required core courses, 18 credits of elective courses, and a Comprehensive Examination, in addition to a doctoral project and other requirements. Unlike the PhD, which is often more focused on research and scholarly publication, the PsyD at CalSouthern is an applied degree that is more clinically focused.

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 87500 Advanced Theories of Personality – 3 credits
  • PSY 87503 History and Systems in Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87504 Ethical and Professional Issues – 3 credits
  • PSY 87506 Advanced Psychopathology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87508A Cultural Diversity – 3 credits
  • PSY 87524 Cognition, Emotion and Motivation – 3 credits
  • PSY 87700 Psychopharmacology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87701 Physiological Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87540 Statistical Methods and Analysis – 3 credits
  • PSY 87127 Research Methods in Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87702 Psychological Assessment I – 3 credits

Comprehensive Examination

  • PSY 87800 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination — 1 credit

Elective Courses

  • PSY 82307 Advanced Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction – 3 credits
  • PSY 82309 Advanced Ethical and Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling– 3 credits
  • PSY 82316 Advanced Personal and Professional Wellness for the Substance Abuse Counselor – 3 credits
  • PSY 82507 Advanced Case Management: Assessment, Treatment Planning, Relapse Prevention – 3 credits
  • PSY 86523 Psychology of Learning – 3 credits
  • PSY 87100 Applied Sport Psychology I – 3 credits
  • PSY 87101 Applied Sport Psychology II – 3 credits
  • PSY 87110 Current Issues in Sport Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87115 Psychology of Coaching – 3 credits
  • PSY 87120 Enhanced Performance: Preparation / Motivation – 3 credits
  • PSY 87125 Research in Sport Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87507 Advanced Human Sexuality – 3 credits
  • PSY 87509 Advanced Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems – 3 credits
  • PSY 87513 Psychological Tests and Measurements – 3 credits
  • PSY 87514 Brief Therapy – 3 credits
  • PSY 87515 Social Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87518 Hypnosis: Theory and Practice – 3 credits
  • PSY 87519A Crisis and Trauma Counseling – 3 credits
  • PSY 87521 Industrial/Organizational Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87522 Consulting in Business, Education, and Mental Health – 3 credits
  • PSY 87525 Cognition and Memory – 3 credits
  • PSY 87527 Psychology of Stress and Stress‑Related Disorders – 3 credits
  • PSY 87528 The Psychology of Violence and Domestic Abuse Reporting – 3 credits
  • PSY 87529 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – 3 credits
  • PSY 87530 Dream Analysis – 3 credits
  • PSY 87533 Psychology of Death and Dying – 3 credits
  • PSY 87534 Dual Diagnosis – 3 credits
    PSY 87536 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy – 3 credits
  • PSY 87537 Psychology of Chronic Illness – 3 credits
  • PSY 87538 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors – 3 credits
  • PSY 87539 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders – 3 credits
  • PSY 87541 Psychology of Religion – 3 credits
  • PSY 87542 Eating Disorders – 3 credits
  • PSY 87543A Systems of Care in Community Mental Health – 3 credits
  • PSY 87545 Interpersonal Neurobiology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87547A Career Counseling – 3 credits
  • PSY 87550 Positive Psychology – 3 credits
  • PSY 87560 Media Psychology: Writing, Publishing and Promoting of a Self-Help Book 3 credits
  • PSY 87561 Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace – 3 credits
  • PSY 87600 Supervision and Consultation – 3 credits
  • PSY 87601 Clinical Interviewing – 3 credits
  • PSY 87703 Psychological Assessment II – 3 credits
  • PSY 87704 Practicum I – 3 credits
  • PSY 87705 Practicum II – 3 credits
  • PSY 87706 Practicum III – 3 credits
  • PSY 87707 Psychology of the Mind: Mind-Body Connection – 3 credits
  • PSY 87710 Integrative Therapy: From Orientation to Practice – 3 credits

Doctoral Project Courses

  • PSY 87991 Doctoral Project I – 3 credits
  • PSY 87992 Doctoral Project II – 3 credits
  • PSY 87993 Doctoral Project III – 3 credits
  • PSY 87994 Doctoral Project IV – 3 credits
  • PSY 87995 Doctoral Project V – 2 credits


An internship course may be required in your state or jurisdiction. Learners should check their state board requirements.

  • PSY 88000 Internship (optional) — 0 credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

I had a wonderful experience and loved the flexibility of the program. I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The faculty mentors were fantastic and very helpful and inspiring. I feel like I got an excellent education for an affordable price and I appreciate everything that it brought to my life.

– Jinxi Caddel, PsyD

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