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Online Master of Arts in Counseling - No GRE req.
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Online Master of Arts in Psychology - No GRE req.
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Online MFT Master’s Program - No GRE req.
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Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis - No GRE req.
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Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Online - No GRE req.
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Online BS, MS, PhD, PsyD in Psychology with over a dozen specialty options.
Southern New Hampshire University
Online BS, MS in Psychology with many different focus options.

In order to fully develop their careers, many psychologists in California quickly find that they need to start researching and applying to the accredited Master’s in Psychology degrees in California that focus on their specific area of practice or their academic specialty. These graduate degrees are, in some cases, essential for professional certification and independent, private practice, and they give psychologists more options as they develop their career and deepen their understanding of the field. Each program available in the state differs slightly in terms of its area of focus, professional skills, location, and value, so careful research is essential prior to submitting an application.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Southern California Programs

Originally founded to serve graduate psychology students in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, the Chicago School has expanded its programs to several cities throughout southern California as well as its home state of Illinois and even Washington, D.C. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, the school’s programs are often considered among the best in the country. The admissions process is highly competitive, while the ROI is recognized as being among the best of any graduate institute in the country. With programs in forensic and industrial psychology, the Chicago School’s California presence is one that covers two of the fastest-growing niches within the broader psychological profession.

M.A. Forensic Psychology

Straight out of a scene from “CSI” or “Criminal Minds,” the program in forensic psychology prepares graduate students for a professional role within a law enforcement organization. The program focuses on advanced behavioral analysis, criminal psychology, several courses in basic and advanced forensic psychology practices, and at least one class in psychological research practices. The program leads to a practicum experience with a local law enforcement agency where students put their skills to work and build a professional network in this field.

M.A. I/O Psychology

Workplaces require psychological best practices in order to function at a high level and increase levels of productivity over time. I/O psychologists focus on industrial and organizational psychology in a workplace context, and this program focuses on the advanced skills necessary to get the job done. Students will focus on organizational behavior, organizational development, applied psychology in organization, workplace counseling, and the psychology of organization design. Electives focus on the psychology of supervision, being supervised, and enforcing organizational change.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology

Contact

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Southern California Programs
617 W 7th St. #800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 627-2580
Website

The Wright Institute

Department of Counseling Psychology

Founded specifically to focus on clinical psychology, the Wright Institute is California’s local answer to the multi-city Chicago School that also has campuses throughout the state. The Wright Institute has been focusing on top-notch clinical psychology education since 1968. Nearly five decades after its founding, the school has grown dramatically in size and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “best value” and as one of the nation’s top graduate psychology institutes. A rigorous curriculum, combined with strong practicum placements throughout Berkeley and NorCal, makes the Wright Institute a great choice for students who prefer a highly specialized, top-ranked institution that focuses on just a single area of graduate psychology education.

M.A. Psychology

This two-year program operates on a trimester schedule, and requires students take courses ranging from psychological research practices to addiction counseling, community counseling, and the psychology of aging. Because the program leads to clinical work, students, focus on the clinical nature of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, profession, and more. A practicum is required at the end of the program, allowing students to practice clinically under the supervision of a certified clinical psychology practitioner. A professional development seminar accompanies this placement, giving students a way to share their experiences with their peers in the program.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

The Wright Institute
Department of Counseling Psychology
2728 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 841-9230
Email: mesherick@wi.edu
Website

University of California, Irvine

Department of Psychology and Social Behavior

With nearly 30,000 students, the University of California’s Irvine campus is one of the largest in the state. Its programs are top-ranked across all disciplines, with a psychology department that is particularly well-known for its graduate program in general psychology. The program takes a more behavioral focus than many other programs in the state, giving students a unique perspective that they might find hard to achieve at other UC campuses or private institutions. UCI is ranked as one of the best universities in the western part of the United States, earning top marks from leading publications for its relatively low cost, high job placement rate for graduate students, and excellent research opportunities for students with an eye on a career in academia.

M.A. in Psychology

Though generalist in design, the M.A. program in psychology does offer several concentrations that include behavioral, health, or personality psychology, affective science studies, and the intersection of psychology and the law. No matter their concentration, students must take courses in psychological research, community health and counseling, behavioral disorders, advanced psychopathology, and advanced developmental and behavioral psychology concepts. A practicum is recommended, but not required, as students work toward their second and final year of the program. If chosen, a practicum experience will be arranged by the department’s academic advisors on behalf of each student opting for such an experience.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association

Contact

University of California, Irvine
Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
4201 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: (949) 824-5574
Email: rsilver@uci.edu
Website

University of California, Los Angeles

Psychology Department

UCLA has always been one of the biggest campuses within the University of California System, with enrollment exceeding 43,000 students during the most recent academic year. UCLA’s reputation is known nationwide, with the school ranked as one of the “Public Ivies” among its fellow public institutions in the other 50 states. Its high ranking means that admissions are highly competitive, but this also means that psychology graduate students enjoy access to some of the nation’s most exclusive and accomplished professors, a series of excellent local internships, and networking opportunities that span the continent. Top-ranked for the graduate program’s academic rigor and the school’s affordable tuition, UCLA’s generalist M.A. in psychology is a top choice for California students across all disciplines.

Psychology M.A.

There is no traditional Master of Arts program offered in psychology at UCLA, where students are instead offered “Ph.D. training.” Depending on whether they wish to graduate with the M.A. or continue on to the full doctoral degree, students will determine their outcome in the program as well as their coursework. Available courses range from mental health counseling to community psychology, basic clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and much more. Research is required for all students, which culminates for many in a doctoral dissertation presentation to a faculty panel prior to graduation. Most students in this program advance beyond the M.A. level and obtain their doctoral degree instead.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association

Contact

University of California, Los Angeles
Psychology Department
1285 Franz Hall
Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-2961
Website

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology

The more than 22,000 students at UC Santa Barbara attend a top-ranked global university, according to U.S. News and World Report. The publication ranks USCB as the 28th-best global university, offering a superior level of academic rigor, professional experience, research opportunities, teaching opportunities, and much more. The school’s location is conducive to some of the best psychology practicums in the state of California, while its research labs have issued cutting-edge reports and results for more than a half-century. UC Santa Barbara students in counseling psychology have excellent professional and academic opportunities at the school that will make them among the most qualified applicants for any professional or academic position after graduation.

Master of Arts – Counseling Psychology

The counseling psychology program focuses on the various areas of counseling that today’s professionals must focus on: family counseling, childhood counseling, basic school counseling, family and marriage therapy, and organizational counseling. Coursework also includes psychology law, advanced psychological research best practices, and a seminar in current topics within the profession. A graduate capstone course or thesis is required in order to graduate, as is a clinical placement during the final semester of the program.

Master of Education – Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology and PPS Credential – Emphasis in School Psychology

The M.Ed. program at UCSB has a unique focus that prepares students to work as a school or clinical psychologist. Within California, this program also results in the PPS certification credential, which allows for psychological practice in the state’s public schools. Courses focus on topics like childhood, developmental, family, and school psychology, as well as current “hot issues” in these fields, like learning disorders, bullying, pressures at home. All students in this program must complete an extensive practicum placement in a public school prior to graduation, which often extends the duration of the program up to three years in total length.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association

Contact

University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3375
Email: ccspapp@education.ucsb.edu
Website

University of La Verne

Department of Psychology

Founded as a college focused on career preparation for students in a more practical, flexible format, the University of La Verne has grown by leaps and bounds in the more than 100 years since it admitted its first class of students. The school’s graduate program in psychology is available to student in both day and evening formats, as well as hybrid and online formats, giving plenty of ways to schedule classes around a growing professional career in the industry. Considered one of the best regional schools in the west, the University of La Verne grants students access to unique practical experiences in local schools as well as unique research opportunities in campus labs. This dual commitment to student experiences and success has made it a top choice for graduate psychology students focusing on school psychology.

School Psychology, M.S.

The school psychology program at University of La Verne includes a psychology core of required classes, including behavioral psychology, family psychology, child and community health, and psychological research. Elective courses in the program include school bullying and suicide, disaster and emergency counseling, family counseling, and learning disorder psychology. Students must work alongside a certified professional in a public school for a minimum number of hours in order to graduate with the degree and earn their own certification in this area.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

University of La Verne
Department of Psychology
1950 3rd St.
La Verne, CA 91750
Phone: (909) 593-3511
Website

University of Southern California

Department of Psychology

Few schools in California have earned the number of accolades that the University of Southern California has. A private institution, the school is often considered the “unofficial” school of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, with academic programs that are as strong as its Division I football team. USC’s Department of Psychology offers two Master of Arts degrees, allowing students to focus on either broad or specialized pursuits in the field. In addition to its two academic choices, the Department of Psychology ranks highly for its research opportunities, its number of published studies in major psychological journals, and its success in helping students find a lucrative job after graduation. A job placement rate above 95 percent make the school a top choice for career-oriented psychology students looking for a strong professional network nationwide.

Psychology M.A.

This generalist Master of Arts program includes a long list of required core courses, including psychological research, behavior psychology, developmental psychology, advanced statistics for psychological occupations, best practices of counseling and research, a seminar in current issues, and a capstone course that required either a comprehensive exam or a graduate thesis. Practicum places are also available, and are arranged by the department’s academic advisors for all interested students during their second year of the program.

Psychological Science M.A.

The psychological science program at USC is similar to the generalist Master of Arts degree, but features a larger number of research courses and statistical courses. The program also requires scholarly research to be done by all enrolled students, culminating in publishing by at least one major academic journal prior to graduation. Students in this program are considered “doctoral-track” and often pursue a doctorate degree after graduation. A career in academia usually follows for graduates of this program.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

University of Southern California
Department of Psychology
SGM 501
3620 S. McClintock Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: (213) 740-2203
Email: lopezs@usc.edu
Website

University of the Pacific

Department of Psychology

UOP stands out as one of the only schools in California to enroll more than 10,000 students and spread them across eight different professional schools. Pacific ranks as one of the top 100 national universities in the United States, with a large student body and a growing reputation for top-notch education across all disciplines. A Consumer Reports “best value,” the school features numerous merit-based and need-based aid programs that help students offset the cost of private school tuition and afford its graduate degree programs. The Department of Psychology arranges practicum experiences for interested students, and offers the ability to perform relevant research leading to a graduate thesis for interested students.

M.A. in Psychology

A behavioral focus within the M.A. program at UOP requires students to take classes in behavioral assessment, behavioral treatments and applications, and the psychology of learning. Students must also focus intensively on research, including a course on research design and the best practices of psychological studies. The program requires an internship during the second year of study, and maintains a significant number of courses in psychological ethics, treatments, and cultures.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

University of the Pacific
Department of Psychology
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2285
Website

University of the West

Department of Psychology

Founded by a Buddhist order in 1990, the University of the West is one of the fastest-growing private universities in the state of California. The school’s generalist M.A. program in psychology prepares students for professional licensure or further academic pursuits at the doctoral level, and therefore allows students to choose between a graduate thesis and an internship during the second and final year of the course of study. The University of the West is located in the San Gabriel Valley in southern California, easily accessible to students in Los Angeles.

Master of Arts in Psychology

At the University of the West, the focus within the M.A. program is on multicultural psychology. Although the degree is considered generalist, the perspective of its courses is often a multicultural one. Required classes include cultural differences in counseling, multicultural research and comparison, advanced statistics for psychology, theories and techniques of counseling, and more. Electives include several unique options, the most popular of which is Buddhist psychology.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

University of the West
Department of Psychology
1409 Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone: (626) 571-8811
Website

Vanguard University of Southern California

Graduate School of Psychology

Vanguard has been ranked as one of the best regional schools in the west by both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. The school, which is home to just 280 graduate students across all disciplines offers two psychology graduate programs. Each program benefits from small class sizes, which are among the smallest in any psychology graduate program in California. As a result, students develop a stronger relationship with their professors and benefit from individual instruction in advanced coursework. This bodes well for professional success after graduation.

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

The practice of clinical psychology requires intensive study and research, and that’s what students will find within this degree program. At Vanguard, students must take six credits in psychological research and research design. Clinical courses focus on professional best practices and several key areas of clinical practice: community, elderly, childhood, and disease counseling. Counseling in health organizations, and a focus on public health, is also included in the program. Students must arrange a clinical practicum prior to graduation, in accordance with California state certification standards.

Master of Science in Organizational Psychology

The organizational psychology program focuses on the psychological needs of managers and the broader workforce, which keeps workplaces functioning and highly productive. Coursework includes advanced psychological research, the fundamentals of consultation, the psychology of leadership and work organizations, and organizational design. Students must also become experts in organizational behavior and communication, and are strongly urged to complete an internship in the field prior to graduating with the M.S. degree.

Accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

Contact

Vanguard University of Southern California
Graduate School of Psychology
55 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 556-3610
Website

Great Graduate Programs Available Throughout California

There are many top-ranked graduate psychology programs in California, making it easy to get an advanced education and find professional education either within the state or nationwide. When considering the various Master’s in Psychology degrees in California, make sure to find the program with the right overall cost, value, ROI, concentration, and practicum experiences, in order to ensure that the courses taken are truly useful and professionally beneficial.

 

 

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