Mount Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and our PsyD program has been successfully reviewed by WSCUC via “substantive change” procedures (2018). With accreditation by WSCUC in place, Graduates of the PsyD program at Mount Saint Mary’s University, once they have completed the doctoral degree and required postdoctoral hours, are eligible to apply for licensure as a psychologist in California (and possibly other states, based upon individual state requirements).
For further information about the WSCUC accreditation process, please contact WSCUC directly at: https://www.wscuc.org/
MSMU’s PsyD program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, as of 03/26/2020 the APA has acknowledged receipt of our application for “intent to apply,” which “serves as public notice of the program’s intent to seek accreditation in the near future.”
Our intention is to apply for “accredited, on contingency” status in spring 2021, which is the soonest we can do so according to the APA’s Commission on Accreditation. Our curriculum was designed to be aligned with the APA’s accreditation standards via the “Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology” (SoA). The APA states that if a student completes a program that is recognized as “accredited, on contingency” effective before one’s graduation date, the student will have completed an APA accredited program.
We will subsequently be applying for “accredited” status as soon as we are eligible to apply for this final step in the accreditation process (which will require distal data from students who have actually completed the program). There is no guarantee, however, that our program will be accredited by the APA.
Questions related to the APA accreditation process or the program’s accredited status should be directed to APA's Commission on Accreditation: