At a Glance

Program units

133

Average completion time

5-6 years

Cost per unit

$1,004

Base cost

$133,532*

Accreditation

APA, WASC

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. View additional tuition information.

Become a Practitioner-Scholar

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in systems thinking, diversity, and integration of faith/spirituality into clinical practice is focused on training practitioner-scholars to work in diverse settings. Most graduates of the Psy.D. program go on to become licensed psychologists in clinical practice who engage in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and clinical research. The Psy.D. is APA-accredited and also provides opportunities for teaching, consultation, and administration.

The Psy.D. curriculum provides the courses and training necessary to meet the educational requirements in the state of California for licensure as a psychologist.

Meet the Faculty

Samuel Girguis, Psy.D., is director of the Doctor of Psychology program and an assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology.

The Psy.D. faculty maintain active careers in the profession and bring their experience to their teaching. Get to know the program faculty.

Psy.D. Program Highlights

  • The Psy.D. curriculum includes three emphases that are interwoven throughout every course:
    • Family Psychology (systems thinking): Consideration of individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors that impact human behavior.
    • Interdisciplinary Integration (integration of faith/spirituality into clinical practice): A Christian values orientation that provides a structure for the integration of ethics, theology, and psychology.
    • Diversity: A deep appreciation for and understanding of individual and cultural differences and issues of power, privilege, and oppression.

Learn more about the program.

To find out more about APU’s graduate psychology programs, download the Graduate Psychology Brochure (PDF).

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology (G&P) require that doctoral graduate programs provide potential students, current students, and the public with accurate information on the program and on program expectations. This information is meant to describe the program accurately and completely, using the most up-to-date data on education and training outcomes, and be presented in a manner that allows applicants to make informed decisions about entering the program. View our Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF).

Accreditation

Azusa Pacific University values the importance of developing programs of distinction and academic integrity. This attention to excellence has earned the school notable accreditations. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), while the doctoral program in psychology is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002 / phone: (202) 336-5979 / email: apaaccred@apa.org. When you graduate from APU’s psychology program, you embark on your career with the assurance that you are well equipped to function in the education and behavioral studies arena and are a valued asset to the organization you serve.

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.