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Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Grounded in social justice, our program is committed to evaluating applications holistically based on students’ capacity to contribute to the study and practice of clinical psychology. 

Students who wish to apply to the PsyD program must meet minimum graduate admission requirements. 

  1. A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, earned by the expected date of entry
  2. Completion of 18 semester units with "B" or better in the following courses 
    Required prerequisite courses:  
    • General or Introductory Psychology 
    • Abnormal Psychology 
    • Research Methods or Statistics
    • Remaining units may be in other areas of social science 
      Note: Courses may be taken at a variety of institutions
  3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate work. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you believe that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you may submit an application, and provide a brief statement (no more than one page) explaining circumstances or limitations that affected your GPA 

Application Components & Process 

All PsyD applicants are responsible for submitting the following: 


For Questions or Assistance

For questions or assistance related to the graduate application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions by phone: 213-477-2800 or via email:

Please note the PsyD program is designed to prepare students to become licensed as psychologists in the state of California. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements to complete prior to your licensing examination. Please contact the PsyD program at to discuss if you will need to satisfy additional requirements.