masters in clinical psychology

Masters in Clinical Psychology

Renowned for preparing compassionate, highly-trained mental health professionals adept at addressing the needs of today’s increasingly diverse populations.

Our Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program is known for successful preparation of compassionate, highly trained, multiculturally competent therapists. The program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and—by including a small set of specific courses within the 90 unit degree—as a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Prepare students for MFT or LPCC licensure in California and for doctoral study in psychology
  • Develop eclectically trained practitioners who are sensitive to issues of diversity, including gender, class, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and disability
  • Promote student personal growth and development
  • Provide practical clinical experience in highly varied, community-based mental health settings
  • Train mental health professionals to successfully the needs of Southern California’s diverse communities


Students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology choose from one of our unique and richly stimulating specializations. Each specialization has a highly-regarded curriculum that is embedded in the program. The specializations were developed to enrich each student’s experience, increase appreciation for cultural diversity, and help develop a successful career path in a chosen area of interest:

  • Applied Community Psychology: The Applied Community Psychology Specialization emphasizes understanding people within their social worlds and using this understanding to enhance people’s well-being. It is a practice oriented discipline that focuses on social issues, social institutions, and other settings that influence individuals, groups, and organizations. Students engage in hands-on fieldwork, skills-building workshops, and networking functions. Students create a portfolio documenting their work and accomplishments in the program so they can showcase their work to future employers. Learn more.
  • Child Studies: The Child Studies Specialization prepares students to work with children, adolescents, and their families in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, and social agencies devoted to advocacy. In keeping with the mission of Antioch University, faculty and students are always aware of the social and environmental contexts in which children live, learn, and thrive. Learn more.
  • General Practice Specialization: Students who want a more generalized learning experience can opt for the General Practice Specialization, which allows them to take coursework in some or all of the six specializations offered, as well as additional clinical skills courses.
  • LGBT-Affirmative Psychology: The LGBT Affirmative Psychology Specialization is an innovative program designed to provide comprehensive theoretical and practical preparation for students who wish to provide effective and compassionate treatment to
    lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. Its mission is to develop the next generation of LGBT-affirmative psychotherapists and activists. Learn more.
  • Professional Clinical Counselor: The Professional Clinical Counselor Specialization is designed for students who are interested in development across the lifespan while focusing on career counseling theory and career-focused assessment techniques. It prepares students with the skills to work in a variety of different social justice-focused settings, using career development and adult development-focused strategies.
  • Psychological Trauma Studies: The mission of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization is to educate future therapists so they may provide competent, sensitive, and skilled therapy to those suffering from psychological trauma, whether it be the general population suffering as a result of crime or natural catastrophe, or those suffering as a result of conflict-related trauma. This specialization provides students with the special skills to identify and treat the effects of  psychological trauma regardless of its source. Learn more.
  • Spiritual and Depth Psychology: In the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization students are trained in integrative psychotherapy through Jungian-based depth psychology and classical mindfulness, in support of self-transformation and skillful clinical practice within diverse communities. Students may take elective courses such as equine therapy and sand tray technique. They focus on personal development and inner work practice through meditation or yoga. This serves as the foundation for theory, experiential learning, clinical practice, and community building. Learn more.
  • Addictive Disorders: (In development)

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Program Details

BenefitsCurriculumAdmissionsCosts & Financial AidOrientationCampus Life
The Master of Arts in Psychology program prepares learners to work in today’s increasingly diverse society by introducing them to a wide range of theories and techniques. Learners are challenged to look inward and to arrive at new psychological insights that will help them develop greater depth as psychotherapists and socially-engaged citizens of the world.

Inside the classroom, learners are encouraged to explore multiple perspectives and approaches, and to engage instructors and peers in mutually-beneficial learning experiences. Beyond the classroom walls, they have the opportunity to implement their learning by practicing therapy under professional supervision at one of over 100 affiliated mental health services agencies.

Distinct areas of study

Antioch University has developed distinct Specializations to equip students with expert knowledge and provide them with unique skills, tools, and wisdom: Applied Community Psychology, Child Studies, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology, Psychological Trauma Studies, and Spiritual & Depth Psychology.

Flexible schedules for working adults

Many of our students work full time and have family obligations. Our programs are designed to help adult learners obtain an exceptional education without compromising their other responsibilities. Students have the following options:

  • One day a week programs (including Saturdays)
  • Evening and/or weekend courses
  • Part-time schedules

Opportunities for hands-on training

Students do their clinical training in settings that relate to their particular areas of interest. AULA has partnered with over 100 mental health service agencies, including nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving under-resourced populations, hospitals, schools, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, eating disorder programs, and more.

Experienced and engaged faculty

Our experienced faculty members are encouraged to engage in professional endeavors outside of Antioch University. Their teaching is informed by a wealth of experience in a variety of settings and specialty areas. Many are in private practice; others publish widely; many consider themselves activists; some work for mental health agencies; and others engage directly with community members through programs designed to increase community resources and empowerment.

Specialized Advising

Advisors are committed to helping you plan your course of study, providing specialized guidance on when and how to embark on clinical training. Your advisor also provides personalized counsel on which classes to take and how many, and how to pace your workload. In addition, each specialization has its own staff of core faculty and affiliates who are experts in the field. They work closely with you to fashion a rich immersion experience to deepen your theoretical and applied knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree is a 90 unit program.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
PSY 512AField Study: Psychology and Society2
PSY 531APersonality Theory I: Psychodynamic Theories3
PSY 532APersonality Theory II: Comparative Contemporary Theories3
PSY 541TBDPsychopathology3
PSY 541TBDAssessment of Psychopathology and Treatment Planning3
PSY 501AProcess of Interpersonal Psychotherapy I2
PSY 522APerspectives: Trauma/Its Effects/Awareness/Recovery (3 quarter units)3
PSY 535Systems Theory and the Family I3
PSY 535TSystems Theory and the Family II2
PSY 536TBDResearch For Mental Health Professionals3
PSY 539DPsychopharmacology3
PSY 542Psychological Testing3
PSY 543CChild and Adolescent Development3
PSY 544FContemporary Issues of Aging2
PSY 545Society and the Individual3
PSY 545CCommunity Psychology: Theory and Methods3
PSY 547Human Sexuality3
PSY 548Professional Ethics and the Law3
PSY 550TBDDependency and Addiction3
PSY 551TBDGroup Treatment Methods2
PSY 566TBDCouples Counseling2
PSY 567TBDTreatment of Children and Adolescents2
PSY 572TBDDomestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse3
PSY 509Brief Therapy2
PSY 533Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy2
PSY 535CTreatment of Families2
PSY 535KAdvanced Family Systems2
PSY 540CProcess of Interpersonal Psychotherapy II2
PSY 545ZMental Health Paradigm in Action: 21st Century Recovery Model2
PSY 564FQueer Counseling and Narrative Practice2
PSY TBDClinical Readiness Activities0
PSY 620AApplied Psychotherapeutic Techniques of MFT and LPCC9
PSY 621Clinical Practicum0
PSY 623Personal Psychotherapy (Two Quarters)0
Specialization Core plus electives (see below)17

Specializations (17 units= core + electives)

Applied Community Psychology (ACP)
PSY 512DField Study in ACP (2 quarter units2
PSY 545DCommunity Consultation and Collaboration (3 quarter units)3
PSY 545EProgram Development and Evaluation (3 quarter units)3
PSY 545FPrevention and Promotion (3 quarter units)3
PSY 575EPsychoeducational Groups (3 quarter units)3
ACP Electives (3 quarter units)3
Child Studies (CS)
PSY 520ADevelopmental Psychopathology I: Diagnosis (3 quarter units)3
PSY 520BDevelopmental Psychopathology II: Intervention (3 quarter units)3
PSY 533BBrain and Behavior (3 quarter units)3
PSY 543HCross-Cultural Infant Observation (2 quarter units)2
PSY 568AChild Advocacy and Social Policy (3 Quarter units)3
CS Electives (3 quarter units)3
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT)
PSY 512DLGBT Field Study: Community Action (2 quarter units)2
PSY 593DDMulticultural Mental Health (3 quarter units)3
PSY 593KLGBT History and Mythology3
PSY 593NNTreating Families throught the LGBT-Affirmative Lens (3 quarter units)3
PSY 593ZAffirmative Psychotherapy (3 quarter units)3
LGBT Identity Workshop (1 quarter unit)1
LGBT Electives (2 quarter units)2
Spiritual Depth Psychology (SDP)
PSY 521DErotic Transference/Countertransferenece (3 quarter units)3
PSY 531HIntercultural Transpersonal and Depth Psychology (3 quarter units)3
PSY 533KClassical Mindfulness-based Clinical Skills (3 quarter units)3
PSY 594MFrontiers in Integrative Depth Psychology (3 quarter units)3
PSY 594JLife as practice: Inner Work/Social Resp/Comm Srvc (2 quarter units)2
SDP Electives (3 quarter units)3
Conflict Related Trauma (CRT)
PSY 522BTreatment of Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (3 quarter units)3
PSY 522CConflict Resolution/PTSD/Self-care - MH Professionals (3 quarter units)3
Sub-Specialization Civilian, Military, or Combination (6 quarter units)
PSY 597AAx & Tx of Civilians w/PTSD & Substance Abuse (3 quarter units)6
PSY 597CAx & Tx of Trauma/PTSD in the Civilian Population (2 quarter units)6
PSY 597EDomestic Violence and PTSD in the Civilian Population (1 quarter unit)6
PSY 597BAx & Tx of Mltry/1st Rspnd w/PTSD & Sbstnce Abuse (3 quarter units)6
PSY 597DAx & Tx of Trauma/PTSD in Military/1st Responder (2 quarter units)6
PSY 597FDV & PTSD in Military Personnel/Couples/Families (1 quarter unit)6
CRT Electives (2 quarter units)5
Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC)
PSY 509Brief Therapy2
PSY 550TBDChemical Dependency and Psychopharmacology OR3
PSY 520ADevelopmental Psychopathology I: Diagnosis3
PSY 506TBDCareer Development I3
PSY 506TBDCareer Development II2
PSY 536TBDResearch for Evidence Based Practice OR3
PSY 545EProgram Development and Evaluation3
General Practice Specialization17 units of self-selected study using a combination of courses from other specializations and/or independent study/research projects17

Additional degree requirements can in the AULA Catalog

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the following term(s):

QuarterInternational Application*Priority Application**Final Application***Classes Begin
Winter 2017October 24, 2016October 24, 2016ClosedJanuary 3, 2017
Spring 2017January 26, 2017January 26, 2017February 17, 2017April 3, 2017
Summer 2017April 24, 2017April 24, 2017May 19, 2017July 5, 2017
Fall 2017July 24, 2017July 24, 2017August 18, 2017October 2, 2017

Admissions Process

Three easy steps to apply:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Submit official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university to AULA Admissions.
3. Learn more about the specific application requirements for this program.

Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230.

The Admissions Interview

After we receive your application materials, we will contact you to make an appointment for a group interview. This interview is an opportunity for you to present your goals and qualifications and to ask questions about Antioch University’s program.

Program Costs 2015/2016 academic year

Number of Units taken in a Quarter Cost per Quarter
17+ units $755 per unit for each unit over 16
8-16 units $7,542
7 units $5,285
4-6 units $4,530
1-3 units $755 per unit
Please note: Additional fees for all Antioch University Los Angeles programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks. For a complete list of applicable fees, please visit the AULA Catalog.

For further information, contact Student Accounts at (310) 578-1080 ext. 405, or 413.


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Antioch University Los Angeles is located on three floors of an unassuming office building at 400 Corporate Pointe in Culver City. But don’t let our address or building fool you.

Our intimate campus crackles with life, as students explore eye-opening, sometimes radical new ways to look at the world. Inside our comfortable classrooms, they engage in heady dialogue with each other and with their instructors, who encourage out-of-the box thinking and novel approaches to longstanding problems. The lively conversations spill over into our courtyard, where you can find students collaborating on projects, socializing over a meal at the café, or enjoying some solitude in the California sunshine.

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Why Antioch University Los Angeles?


As a student...
  • Make a real impact on the lives of others through AULA’s community partnerships, including over 100 clinical training sites.
  • Study with like-minded adult students in a cohort model to encourage a collaborative, supportive environment.
  • Balance work, personal life, and your studies with our flexible schedule designed for working adults.
  • Study with our internationally-recognized faculty members who bring their unmatched knowledge, passion, and commitment into every course.
As a graduate...
  • You’ll be prepared for clinical practice and/or doctoral study, and for licensure in California
  • Provide mental health support to Southern California’s diverse communities
  • Stay connected through our growing Alumni Community.

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