The Department of Graduate Psychology offers the following graduate programs:
Theory and hands-on practice prepares counselors to work with individuals, couples, and families by integrating ethics and psychotherapy. The program meets California licensure requirements.
The recognized degree for practitioners, APU’s Psy.D. provides comprehensive training. This practitioner-scholar program combines science and practice, emphasizing service, and meets California licensure requirements.
What is the difference between the M.A. and the Psy.D.?
The M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy is focused on training individuals for the primary role of psychotherapist/counselor. It is focused on clinical practice in a variety of settings, such as public mental health organizations, community mental health agencies, private practice, faith-based counseling agencies, and residential treatment facilities. Most graduates pursue licensure as an LMFT or have the option of pursuing licensure as an LPCC after obtaining their degree.
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology is more extensive, focusing on training individuals to become practitioner-scholars. Practically, this means graduates of the Psy.D. program become psychotherapists but also engage in psychological assessment and clinical research. There are also opportunities for teaching, consultation, and administration. Most Psy.D. graduates pursue licensure as a clinical psychologist after obtaining their degree.