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    “I have recommended CalSouthern to many people I know that were searching for the best educational online experience. CalSouthern provides the opportunity for an advanced degree that one can obtain while simultaneously working a full-time job. It was a godsend for me, and I’m proud to be an alum.”

    Cynthia G., MA in Psychology Program, 2020


    Behavioral Sciences

    California Southern University’s School of Behavioral Sciences strives for excellence in the advancement of the behavioral sciences and in promoting mental health and service to society. The goal is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the lives of people in diverse communities around the world. The School is committed to a pursuit of humanistic thought and action, multicultural understanding, academic excellence, and lifelong learning.

    The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has approved CalSouthern’s MA degree program for meeting the educational requirements for both Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure per California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sections 4980.36, 4980.37, 4980.39, 4980.41 (as required by BPC Section 4980.38); and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) per California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sections 4999.32 and 4999.33 (as required by BPC Section 4999.40(a)) in the State of California. For licensure requirements in other states and jurisdictions, please contact the applicable authority or state board.

    Behavioral Sciences Degrees

    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
    • Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology, with an Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
    • Master of Science (MS) in Psychology
    • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

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    Find out how we create a collaborative, engaging online learning experience and ensure that you learn, understand and apply course material to your personal and professional life.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?


    Customized to you

    Our 100% online programs, monthly class-starts, self-directed approach and no entrance-exams policy allow you to start and complete your degree program on your schedule.


    Uniquely Affordable

    CalSouthern tuition is reasonably priced with a variety of convenient and flexible payment options. Plus, we guarantee that per-unit course costs won’t increase as long as you remain enrolled in a degree or certificate program.



    CalSouthern is institutionally accredited by WSCUC and accrediting bodies including ACBSP, CCNE and others. This is your guarantee of the stability and integrity of the University and the continued rigor and quality of our programs.



    Can I transfer my credits?

    Absolutely! We accept most course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what qualifies for transfer1.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who will assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.


    “Without the flexibility of start dates, online classes and distance learning, I would not have been able to achieve this dream! The payment plan was extremely helpful and it allowed me to work but also to balance work with school. I don't think I would have completed my PsyD if it wasn't for CalSouthern.”

    Jose G., PsyD Program, 2021

    1Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies. California Southern University is a member of the American InterContinental University System.The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please visit our website (https://www.calsouthern.edu/accreditation-licensure/) for more information about CA Board of Psychology, CCAPP and NAADAC accreditation and licensure requirements. CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. Not all programs are available to residents of all jurisdictions. CalSouthern does not accept applications from residents of Massachusetts, New York, and certain foreign countries.
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