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California School of Professional Psychology Alliant International University-San Francisco

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 72%28%
    student ratio
  • 518
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Introduction to the California School of Professional Psychology

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is committed to academic excellence, applied learning, and cultural competence. Experts in their respective fields, CSPP faculty members integrate rigorous scholarship with hands-on training in a multicultural, international context. Since 1969, CSPP's successful professional practice model has prepared students for flexible professional careers -- to make an immediate difference in their fields and in their communities.

A Proven Path to Professional Success

CSPP's wide scope of accredited programs offers the highest in career value and professional options:

- APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology.

- COAMFTE-accredited master's and doctoral programs in couple and family therapy.

- Master's and doctoral programs in organizational psychology.

- Master's programs in clinical counseling and counseling psychology.

- A national post-doctoral master's program in clinical psychopharmacology.

- International master's, doctoral and cultural immersion programs in Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, and India.

- Undergraduate psychology bachelor's degree program in San Diego.

- Certificate programs in topics such as "Applied Behavioral Analysis," "Chemical Dependency," "Gerontology," "Infant-Preschooler Mental Health," "Latin American Family Therapy," and "LGBT Human Services and Mental Health."

- Concentrations in major areas of behavioral science include: child and family, forensics, gender studies, health psychology, multicultural psychology, organization development, program assessment, psychopharmacology, and social justice advocacy.

Learn From Experience to Make a Difference

Every CSPP student immediately becomes part of a network of experienced professionals committed to using their professional skills to improve the lives of children, adults, families and organizations.

CSPP faculty members are leaders in their fields and serve as strong role models and professional practice leaders for students.

Forming a network of over 14,000 graduates, CSPP alumni work as therapists, educators, advocates, policy-makers, supervisors, researchers, administrators, and consultants in communities and organizations across the globe.

CSPP students provide more than one million hours of service annually to their local communities.

Work Side-By-Side with World-Class Mentors

CSPP's reputation attracts the leading experts in myriad fields to the faculty. Small class sizes will allow students to get to know these authorities as individuals, and faculty members will get to know students in turn. Under faculty member mentorship students will receive the personal attention they need to excel and become professionals even before graduation.

Specialize and Practice Early for a Competitive Edge

At CSPP, students have opportunities to create their own professional niches while still in school. Early specialization will give them head starts, especially when supported by CSPP's extensive training opportunities. Learning specialties as protégés of eminent practitioners will provide powerful credentials.

Receive Relevant Training to Address Today's Issues

The scope of the school's field placement programs ensure comprehensive preparation for delivering relevant services to address today's most pressing issues.

Organizational psychology students have opportunities to participate in consulting exercises in a variety of business settings.

The school's clinical training requirements will equip students to serve such diverse client populations as elders, veterans, LGBT communities, severely disordered individuals, adolescents, children, couples and many other groups.

CSPP practicum placements include: community mental health centers and clinics, inpatient mental health facilities rehabilitation programs, medical settings, specialized service centers, residential/day care programs, forensic/correctional facilities, businesses, colleges research organizations, and service and governmental agencies.

History: Answering a Need. Starting a Movement.

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 to fill a crucial need for quality professional training within the state and became the first free-standing professional school of clinical psychology in the nation.

CSPP's approach to psychology education was a first too: classroom learning integrated with application of knowledge in a variety of field placements, a radical departure from the prevalent focus on theory and research.

Growth and Growing Acclaim

The new school quickly earned its first accreditation and has gone on to earn further accreditations and accolades over the years. By the mid-1980s, the school had 4 campuses, all of which earned APA accreditation.

Mission: Mental Wellness for Individuals and Society

CSPP's mission statement has multiple parts, which are as follows:

- To provide the highest quality education, training, research, and service in professional psychology and related human services fields.

- To improve the quality of life by addressing major contemporary issues in a problem-solving way, by fostering respect for human diversity in a multicultural society and by combating discrimination in all of its forms, especially racism, sexism, and heterosexism.

- To exhibit the highest professional and ethical standards.

- To address the needs of individuals and organizations.

- To serve those who are underserved.

Vision: A Model of Training to Meet Multicultural Needs

CSPP founders were both visionary and practical. They created a school that gave graduates a strong academic grounding and the hands-on skills a practitioner needs. This model of professional training has been emulated over and over by schools across the country.

Serving Diverse Populations with "I-Merit"

In demographically diverse California, those skills include the ability to work with people from a variety of different backgrounds. In keeping with its mission-driven commitment to multiculturalism, CSPP founded the Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training (MERIT) Institute in 1991, which takes its current form as the International-Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training (I-MERIT) institute at Alliant. I-MERIT's goals are to enhance and support multicultural academic and training activities on Alliant campuses through collaboration and coordination, as well as to promote multicultural research, interventions, educational activities, and the professional development of students, faculty members, staff members, and administrators.

Location & Contact

California School of Professional Psychology

Alliant International University-San Francisco

One Beach Street Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94133-1221
United States

Dr. Dalia Ducker


Phone: 415-955-2149

Alliant International University Central Contact Center

Phone: 866-U-ALLIANT
Fax: 858-635-4555

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Psychology Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Psychology (Psy D)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Post-Doctoral Master of Science (Post-Doctoral MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 39
    • Doctoral Degrees 79
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 3
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 257
    • Accepted 175
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 88
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, recommendations, and essay, interview
    • Doctoral's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0, recommendations, and essay, interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, TWE required, 5 TWE paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students518
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students518
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty83
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMulticultural issues, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender issues, health psychology, family systems, substance abuse
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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