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    Quick Facts

    Credits Required: 66
    • Core course: 33 credits
    • Electives 18 credits
    • Comprehensive exam: 1 credit
    • Doctoral project courses: 14 credits
    • Cost Per Credit: $645*
    • Program Length: 4-5 Years, Full-time status
    • Max Transfer Credits: 30

    * Effective for new learners enrolling June 1, 2024 and after.

    Why CalSouthern?

    100% ONLINE, 100% ON YOUR TIME

    With 40+ years of remote working experience we’ve embraced flexibility with remote learning so our courses start monthly to work around your schedule.

    No Entrance Exams

    We make it easy to apply and start working towards your degree.

    Taught by Industry Professionals

    Factuality instructors who are actively working in their fields.

    Flexible and Affordable Tuition

    All programs come with interest-free monthly payment plans plus your tuition cost won’t change as long as you’re continuously enrolled.


    Advance Your Knowledge Of Clinical Issues And Practical Applications.

    If you’re looking for greater exposure to theoretical and practical methodologies, the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) could be for you. You’ll work to gain knowledge with direct application to the professional practice of psychology and counseling.

    Our innovative and 100% online doctorate program offers comprehensive courses, a variety of elective options, plus opportunities for supervised clinical experience — all designed to help you grow in your professional career as a Doctor of Psychology or Doctor of Counseling.

    Admission to the program requires both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with the master’s degree in psychology or a related field of study.

    Doctor of Psychology Learning Outcomes


    Knowledge of psychology concerned with the bases of behavior, history, theories and research, intervention, and psychopathology, while accounting for individual and cultural diversity factors, social aspects, and assessment needs, across the lifespan.


    Professional and effective communication skills in the planning, decision-making, collaboration, and consultation, in working with and on behalf of others, within academia and other professional settings.


    Ethical and legal principles, within the activities, practice and consultation, supervision, assessments, and research.


    Cultural competence in interactions, interventions, assessments, and research.


    Critical thinking and proficiency in psychological assessment and research methodology; plus the examination of assumptions, empirical evidence, and clinical observations to formulate and apply cohesive inferences and recommendations.


    Scientific research for the professional practice of psychology and to establish proficiency in statistical analysis.

    Pursue Potential Career Paths In A Variety Of Settings.

    *Calsouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary or career advancement.

    “I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The faculty mentors were fantastic…I got an excellent education for an affordable price.” Jinxi C., PsyD Program, 2020

    The PsyD at CalSouthern is an applied degree that is more clinically focused. That differs from a PhD which is often more focused on research and scholarly publication.

    Degree Requirements Credits
    Required Core Courses 33
    Elective Courses 18
    Comprehensive Examination 1
    Doctoral Project Courses 14
    Internship (Optional) 0
    Total PsyD credits for completion 66
    Program Length The program takes an average of 4-5 years to complete. Full-time studies are defined as taking one course per 8-week term over a 6-term calendar year. Students can shorten their time to completion by accelerating their course load and with accepted transfer credits.1 Transfer Credits CalSouthern can accept up to 30 post-graduate, doctoral-level applicable credits in psychology completed at another institution. Eligible courses for transfer must show an earned grade of “B” or better and must be directly related to the PsyD program at CalSouthern.1

    Courses + Credits

    The following courses satisfy the requirements for the PsyD degree program at CalSouthern. It includes 33 credits of required core courses and 18 credits of electives. There is also a Comprehensive Examination, a doctoral project, and other requirements.

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    • PSY 8500 Advanced Theories of Personality
    • PSY 8503 History and Systems in Psychology
    • PSY 8504 Ethical and Professional Issues
    • PSY 8506 Advanced Psychopathology
    • PSY 8708 Cultural Diversity

    • PSY 7307 Advanced Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction
    • PSY 6309 Advanced Ethical and Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling
    • PSY 7316 Advanced Personal and Professional Wellness for the Substance Abuse Counselor
    • PSY 7007 Advanced Case Management: Assessment, Treatment Planning, Relapse Prevention
    • PSY 7523 Psychology of Learning
    • PSY 7100 Applied Sport Psychology I
    • PSY 7101 Applied Sport Psychology II
    • PSY 7711 Current Issues in Sport Psychology
    • PSY 7715 Psychology of Coaching
    • PSY 7720 Enhanced Performance: Preparation / Motivation
    • PSY 7725 Research in Sport Psychology
    • PSY 7507 Advanced Human Sexuality
    • PSY 7509 Advanced Psychology of Marriage and Family Systems
    • PSY 7513 Psychological Tests and Measurements
    • PSY 7514 Brief Therapy
    • PSY 6516 Social Psychology
    • PSY 7718 Hypnosis: Theory and
    • PSY 6519 Crisis and Trauma Counseling
    • PSY 7521 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • PSY 7522 Consulting in Business, Education, and Mental Health
    • PSY 7525 Cognition and Memory
    • PSY 7527 Psychology of Stress and Stress- Related Disorders
    • PSY 7728 The Psychology of Violence and Domestic Abuse Reporting
    • PSY 7529 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    • PSY 7530 Dream Analysis
    • PSY 7533 Psychology of Death and Dying
    • PSY 7534 Dual Diagnosis
    • PSY 7536 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
    • PSY 7737 Psychology of Chronic Illness
    • PSY 7738 Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
    • PSY 7739 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autistic Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • PSY 7541 Psychology of Religion
    • PSY 7742 Eating Disorders
    • PSY 6743 Systems of Care in Community Mental Health
    • PSY 7745 Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment
    • PSY 6747 Career Counseling
    • PSY 7750 Positive Psychology
    • PSY 7760 Media Psychology: Writing, Publishing and Promoting of a Self-Help Book
    • PSY 7761 Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace
    • PSY 7762 Supervision and Consultation

    PSY 8800 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

    NOTE: The comprehensive examination is a required course, but the internship is optional. Students may enroll in the internship course before or after graduation from the PsyD program.

    • PSY 8991 Doctoral Project I
    • PSY 8992 Doctoral Project II
    • PSY 8993 Doctoral Project III

    An internship course may be required for licensure in some states or jurisdictions. Learners are encouraged to contact their state board or jurisdictional authority to verify requirements.

    • PSY 8900 Internship (optional)


    CalSouthern is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    AAPIC Membership Status: CalSouthern is not a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Learners from CalSouthern who intend to pursue a pre-doc internship will not be able to participate in the APPIC Match program.

    Disclaimers 1Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible for transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.
    • All program requirements for the Doctor of Psychology degree program must be completed through California Southern University in no less than two (2), no more than ten (10) years of initial course enrollment.
    • CalSouthern is not eligible for APA accreditation, nor is it a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Learners from CalSouthern who intend to pursue a pre-doc internship will be ineligible to participate in the APPIC Match program.
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