Clinical Psychology

Master of Science in
Offered: On Campus
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Excellence in the Christian mental health profession.

Changing Lives

The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology equips students to serve with excellence as mental health professionals. The course of study provides students with an advanced understanding of relationships, mental health and therapeutic skills which empowers them to change lives. Faculty are licensed professionals working in their areas of expertise and are committed to Christian integration, academic excellence, student mentorship, and building community.

Career Options

This degree prepares graduates for licensure in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and with an additional 5 units as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). It also prepares graduates for doctoral programs, service in ministry, and other career opportunities.


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Sample Student Schedule

Year One

Fall Semester, 9 Units

Advanced Psychopathology

Ethical & Legal Issues

Advanced Developmental Psychology

Spring Semester, 9 Units

Family Psychotherapy

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy

Addictive Behaviors

Summer Semester, 5-6 Units

Psychotherapy and Diversity

Clinical Psychoparmacology*

Year Two

Fall Semester, 9 Units

Clinical Foundations I

Couples Psychotherapy

Psychology, Theology & Spirituality

Spring Semester, 9 Units

Psychodynamic Theory & Treatment

Professional Skills in Clinical Practice

Group Psychotherapy

Summer Semester, 3-7 Units

Violence, Abuse & Trauma*

Research Methodology

Career Development*

Year Three

Fall Semester, 8.5 Units

Cognitive-Behavioral Theory & Treatment

Current Psychotherapy Topics

Psychological Testing

Case Conceptualization

Spring Semester, 7.5 Units

Psychosocial Stressors & Mental Health

Comprehensive Project

Case Conceptualization

*An additional 5 units required for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

Who We Are

Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

Vanguard promises to give you the tools you need to live the story God has for you… a story that matters.