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Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Admissions Updates

Due to emerging health concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Mount has implemented a number of changes and accommodations to facilitate the admissions process and protect the health of our prospective students and their families. 

We want to assure you that while we are working diligently to ensure the safety of our Mount community and the continuity of learning for our prospective students, we have moved all information sessions to an online format and our admissions review process remains holistic and true to the mission of the Mount. 

In addition, our graduate psychology admissions counselor, Melissa Ortiz, is actively available and ready to answer any questions you may have. To connect with her, call 213-477-2801 or email


This is your moment.

Enroll in a unique program specifically created to provide professional psychological services to Spanish-speaking and other diverse populations. With our two cutting-edge emphases, Latinx Mental Health or Diverse Populations, our doctoral program offers a curriculum designed to meet the needs of a multi-cultural environment with a strong social justice focus. Our practitioner-scholar model prepares professional women and men to contribute meaningfully to the field and practice of clinical psychology. Our diverse faculty and student body round out the learning experience by providing a variety of worldviews and cultural perspectives.

Small Classes; Maximum Attention

Your cohort will be capped at 10 to 12 students, giving you the opportunity to work closely with your peers and an expert faculty. Faculty members offer a significant amount of mentoring and advising throughout the coursework and fifth year internship.

Full Time Class Schedule

This program is designed as a full-time, day-time, five-year graduate program. Over the first four years, courses will be offered two days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters with additional research, practica and professional development activities when not in class. The program will culminate with a fifth-year, full-time clinical internship.

Support for Research Requirements

Embedded in the required coursework, all students are expected to complete a dissertation prior to beginning their clinical internship to help inform their practice. Students work closely with their advisor to fulfill this requirement as it relates to your chosen emphasis.

Clinical Practice

Practica and the final-year internship are integral to our practitioner-scholar curriculum. In the fifth- and final-year of the program all students are required to complete a full-time clinical internship. This may be a local or national placement and students enroll in a 3 unit course each semester of the final year as part of this requirement.

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Mount Saint Mary’s University PsyD in Clinical Psychology graduates are eligible to sit for licensure as a Psychologist in California.  The Board of Psychology of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of psychology in California, as well as the national EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology). Licenses in other states are granted by the licensing authority in those individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state, as well as additional education requirements. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the Psychology Doctorate professional licensure webpage to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. MSMU would like to help applicants and students navigate the licensure process. Contact the Director of the PsyD Program at Students may also find the contact information and licensure requirements for the licensing authority in California and other jurisdictions by visiting the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website.