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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 and submit their application through PSYCAS.

  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 must apply through PSYCAS and are responsible for submitting all the following supporting documents to PYSCAS: 


Please note: the PsyD program currently does not accept transfer credits from other graduate programs or institutions.

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:


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.