Counseling Psychology Graduate Programs in California
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For many people, the stressors of life or mental health issues become more than they can bear at times. They need skilled and caring counseling psychologists to work with them while they get through difficult situations like losing a loved one or getting out of an abusive relationship. People with mental illnesses also require the support of a therapist to manage their conditions on a daily basis. If you enjoy helping people heal, have a desire to work with clients of all ages and are willing to expand your education, then a career as a counseling psychologist may be right for you. Take some time to explore your options for getting your Counseling Psychology degree in California and request program information from those schools below that interest you.

As one of the top colleges in the state, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) requires psychology graduate students to complete coursework in clinical, cognitive, behavioral and health psychology, behavioral neuroscience, learning psychology and social psychology. Most California colleges have a similar rigorous scientific approach to graduate and doctoral programs in psychology.

California offers licensure for counselors who have completed a graduate or doctoral degree. The California Coalition for Counselor Licensure (CCCL) sets the standards that must be met before counseling psychologists can practice in this state. The following qualifications are required to obtain the title of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC):

  • Minimum of a graduate degree from an accredited college that has a counseling or psychotherapy program
  • Six semester hours of field study or practicum
  • Minimum of three semester hours in core curriculum classes
  • 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised experience by a supervisor approved by CACCL
  • 1,750 of these hours must be in direct counseling with groups or individuals in a mental health setting
  • Passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE)

Employment Outlook for Counseling Psychologists in California

In May 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports California Clinical, Counseling and Schools Psychologists earning a mean annual salary of $80,450. Substance abuse psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Pediatric Psychologists are in especially high demand.

If you are ready to explore your options for getting a degree in Counseling Psychology, choose from the schools listed and submit a request for more information today.


Counseling Psychology Degree Programs

Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Counseling Psychology programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 229 schools across the country.



Featured Online Counseling Psychology Programs:


Online programs may not be available in all states


Traditional On Campus Counseling Psychology Programs:


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Alliant international University (San Diego, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Families & Communities
Argosy University (Alameda, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Orange, CA / San Bernardino, CA / San Diego, CA / San Francisco, CA / Santa Ana, CA / Santa Monica, CA)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psycholo
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision (Atlanta)
Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology
Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Counseling/Forensic Psychology (online)
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Professional Clergy
California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Community Mental Health
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Drama Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Expressive Arts Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Integral Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Somatic Psychology
California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Marital and Family Therapy
Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - General
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
Golden Gate University-San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Applied Psychology - Counseling Psychology
Holy Names University (Oakland, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
John F Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Addiction Studies
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Child and Adolescent Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Couple and Family Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Expressive Arts Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Holistic
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Integral Psychotherapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Somatic Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Sport Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Transpersonal Psychology
Mount Saint Mary's College (Los Angeles, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology - General Counseling Psychology
National University (La Jolla, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Nevada Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Nevada MFT
Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
MA in Counseling Psychology - Humanities and Depth Traditions
MA in Counseling Psychology - Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling
MA in Counseling Psychology - Theory/Praxis
Palo Alto University (Redwood City, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Counseling - China Program
MA in Counseling - China Program
MA in Counseling - Forensic and Correctional Emphasis (online)
MA in Counseling -Mental Health Emphasis (online)
MA in Counseling Psychology - MFT/LPCC
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
Simpson University (Redding, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Southern California Seminary (El Cajon, CA)
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The Wright Institute (Berkeley, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy - Counseling Psychology
MA in Counseling Psychology
University of Phoenix (Costa Mesa, CA / Fresno, CA / Pleasanton, CA / Sacramento, CA / San Diego, CA)
School Accreditation:
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
BS in Psychology (online)
University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
MA in Counseling Psychology - Marriage & Family Therapy
MA in Counseling Psychology - School Counseling
William Jessup University (Rocklin, CA)
School Accreditation:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology
Ashford University Online (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:
MA Psychology (online)
Saybrook University (Online, CA)
Programs Offered:
M.A. in Counseling - Online Masters (online)