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Counseling Psychology, California Licensure Track, PhD-Psy

California Licensure Specialization

This specialization was created for mental health professionals who are licensed or pre-licensed having a foundation of clinical knowledge and skills at the master level. The program is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of theory, practical application, research, and scholarship, culminating in a dissertation. Students enrolled in this specialization will learn about clinical supervision, psychopharmacology, research, and cognitive and personality assessments. Additionally, students can deepen their knowledge and skills in specific areas such as human sexuality, addiction assessment and treatment planning, lifespan dynamics and child and adolescent psychology.

The California Licensure Track meets the educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in California. To obtain licensure students/graduates will need to acquire supervised clinical training independent of the program as required by Section 14 of the California Business and Professions Code. To enroll in this program, students must have a conferred clinical master’s degree in a mental health or related field that included a practicum/internship, from a regionally accredited institution
Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Psy 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one-to-one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Learning Outcomes
  • Apprise theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts
  • Evaluate research methods and data analysis in psychology
  • Select psychological principles and research for application to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Evaluate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional issues
  • Critique diversity issues in professional contexts
  • Design clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public