MS in Clinical Psychology

This clinical psychology program provides students with a balance of practical skills in research and statistics combined with training in evidence-based psychotherapy. 

Our philosophy is that research skills are best learned through hands-on practice. We provide a more practical, problem-solving approach to data analysis. Students have the opportunity to complete a thesis project on a topic of their choosing with 1:1 faculty support.

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Quick Facts

Program Units
37 credit hours; 40 with thesis option
Average Duration
5 semesters
Year 1: fall, spring and summer
Year 2: fall and spring
Calendar & Course Availability

Fall and spring semesters (15-week terms) and summer sessions

Start Term
New students begin during the Fall semester.
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Program Costs


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Career Options

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for either:

(1) Continuing their graduate studies in a doctoral program in psychology or other related clinical health science fields such as Clinical, Counseling, School, or other Social Science areas.

(2) Seeking immediate employment related to the measurement of clinical outcomes or program evaluation in health settings.

*Note: The MS Clinical Psychology program does not prepare a student for licensure at the Master’s level.

Why Cal Lutheran?

  • Diversity of students from all over the world.
  • Small entering class sizes of 12-15 students
  • Applied and practical research skills in statistics using the R programming language 
  • Optional concentration electives
  • Opportunity to write a thesis project on students' interests
  • A psychology faculty who value teaching, research, and service
  • Two-year full time program or three-year part-time program

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Taken in the second year, a two-course elective sequence provides students with advanced strategies in psychotherapy or quantitative methods. Advanced elective course options include:

  • Clinical Training Electives (Courses inlcude Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Suicide Assessment and Risk Management, Principles and Techniques of Child/Adolescent Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Quantitative Training Electives (Courses include Meta-Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling).

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I enjoyed the scientist practitioner model that the university employed including the emphasis on the practice of open science and the integration of these principles in research. This program helped me achieve my goals by providing me with a solid understanding of scholarly research and the field of clinical psychology.

Harrison Pope
Therapist trainee; PsyD student, California Lutheran University