Degree Options

AULA offers two distinct graduate degrees in Psychology. Please read on to learn the different learning objectives and licensing options of each program.

The MA in Clinical Psychology

The MA in Clinical Psychology program is a professional course of study that prepares students for clinical practice and/or doctoral study, and for licensure in California. It meets or exceeds the requirements established by the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for academic preparation for licensure.

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

  • Prepare students for MFT 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 students’ 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




The MA in Psychology (Non-Clinical)

In the non-clinical MA in Psychology program, students explore their personal and professional interests within the field of psychology. The program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Prepare students for doctoral studies or for specialized teaching, consulting, and writing in the student’s area of interest
  • Provide clinical degrees for individualized purposes outside the State of California
  • Offer a personalized, flexible course of study that encourages creativity and innovation in the area of psychology and society

In this concentration, the student works with a faculty advisor to design an individualized program within the field of psychology that reflects an area of interest and specialization. For example, students have recently designed degree programs in such areas as career counseling, death and dying, parenting education, creative arts therapies, and transpersonal psychology.

Students may also construct concentrations that combine psychology and management through AULA’s Master of Arts in Organizational Management program. The non-clinical MA in Psychology degree is not designed to meet Marriage and Family Therapist licensure requirements in California.