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Exploring the Best PsyD Programs in California: Traditional & Online

If you want to take your career to the next level, you might want to enroll in a PsyD program in California — either online or on-campus. Learn about the best PsyD programs and how they can lay the foundation for your future as a licensed psychologist.

Author: Blake Huggins
Editor: STEPS Staff

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A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) is one of the highest psychology degrees available and a necessary credential for professional clinical psychology practice in California. There are dozens of accredited PsyD programs in California that can prepare you for work as a skilled practitioner, opening a range of opportunities in a state employing more clinical psychologists than any other state.

This guide has everything you need to get started on your search for a quality PsyD program in California. You’ll find a list of the best programs, learn about accreditation and programs with convenient online coursework, get answers to your key questions, and see how much can potentially earn as a psychologist in California after graduation.

Best APA-Accredited PsyD Programs in California for 2024

The following profiles highlight some of the top-ranked APA-accredited PsyD programs in California for 2024. Each school administers a robust, comprehensive curriculum designed to deepen your expertise and ready you for licensure as a practicing clinician. Explore these program offerings and check back for our full ranking later this year.


Pepperdine University

Malibu-based Pepperdine University offers a PsyD in clinical psychology that prepares students for work as licensed professionals in their local communities. The program requires 82 credits, including an internship and dissertation project, and typically lasts four years. Pepperdine delivers curriculum from its affiliate campus in West Los Angeles and uses a practitioner-scholar model that integrates academic research with clinical practice. The program boasts a 97% internship placement rate and a 100% licensure rate with the California Board of Psychology.

Pepperdine’s program is a top contender among APA accredited California PsyD programs. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology sponsors scholarship and grant opportunities that are extended to qualified applicants with a relevant master’s degree. Starting in the fall, students will complete courses in psychometrics and cognitive assessment, clinical psychopathology, advanced treatment and intervention, and professional ethics. Upon completion of coursework, students are required to undertake internships and hands-on training at approved locations throughout Southern California. Prospective students must also interview with the admissions committee and submit standard application material.

Program Delivery

  • On-Campus
  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time

Specialization/Concentration Tracks

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology


Biola University