Become a Clinical Psychologist

CIIS’s Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program bridges the rich tradition of depth psychology with the dynamic world of clinical psychology, paying particular attention to culture and the relational aspects of context and positionality.

Rooted in the practitioner-scholar model, our graduates benefit from both a rigorous academic experience and comprehensive clinical training.

Graduates of the PsyD program are eligible to become licensed psychologists in the state of California, among others.

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What is Depth Psychology?

Depth psychology refers to therapeutic approaches that focus on the psyche, human development, personality formation, and individuation; and explore the subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects of human experience.

Why a PsyD from CIIS?

The PsyD program prepares graduates to engage broadly in the ever-expanding field of clinical psychology: therapy and assessment, supervision, management, administration, consulting, research, advocacy, and public policy.

Commitment to holism, depth, and diversity

Since its founding in 1968, CIIS has been at the forefront of cutting-edge thought and social good—breaking down barriers, redefining boundaries, cultivating curiosity, and nurturing community. We promote an ethos of open inquiry. We give our students the freedom and flexibility to explore their own areas of scholarship and writing. We emphasize the centrality of relationships in people’s lives. And we respond to the needs of those locally, regionally, and globally.

Vanguard reputation

Our faculty are leaders in the field who conduct ground-breaking research. Our alumni are highly regarded; many have gone on to leadership and training positions within the U.S. and around the world. Our clinical training and field placement is best-in-class; the PsyD program maintains relationships with more than 70 agencies in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Likewise, the Psychological Services Center (PSC), one of six award-winning clinics at CIIS, is a community mental health clinic staffed by doctoral students. Under faculty supervision, students provide individual, couple, family, and group counseling and assessment that serve residents of the Bay Area.

Advanced Standing with your LMFT, LPCC, or LSW

CIIS is among the first PsyD programs to allow students to apply a significant portion of their master’s-level preparation toward attaining their degree, and it is the only program for which students can matriculate in four years.

Program Overview

There are two paths of entry to the PsyD program:

Regular Standing

For applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree.

Length of Program

5 years

Units

90.0

Format

On campus

  • 3 years of coursework
  • 1 year internship
  • 1 year dissertation

Up to 15.0 transferable

  • Weekdays
  • Three semesters per year
  • + Clinical placement

Advanced Standing

For applicants who have completed a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, counseling or clinical psychology, or social work.

Length of Program

4 years

Units

60.0

Format

On campus

  • 2 years of coursework
  • 1 year internship
  • 1 year dissertation

Up to 30.0 transferable

  • Weekdays
  • Three semesters per year
  • + Clinical placement

Admissions and Financial Aid

A PsyD is an investment in your future. Contact Skylar Hall in the Admissions Office with questions about deadlines, admissions criteria and materials, and tuition and financial aid. We’re here to help you understand the commitment and costs of the program and to explore available resources to make your education more affordable.

WASC Accreditation and Career Advancement

The PsyD program at CIIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC-WSCUC). Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as psychologists in the state of California, among others.


"The program challenged me to bring my gifts to the table. The environment fostered the exploration of Eastern and Western approaches to health and healing, multiple perspectives on mind, body, and spirit, and expanded my discourse of the measurable and immeasurable facets of the human psyche. Combined with the knowledge and dedication of the faculty, the amazing students, and the exciting classes and offerings, this was a rigorous and unique academic environment for personal and professional growth." 
Priya Bhogaonker, PsyD Alum


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