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Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Santa Ana Campus and Online Apply

Pursue an Online or On Campus Clinical Psychology Degree

Prepare to address mental health challenges that have far-reaching impacts throughout society.

At Vanguard University, we are known as one of the leading clinical psychology master’s programs in California and offer on campus and online clinical psychology graduate programs to help you prepare to become a licensed counselor or therapist.

Throughout your studies, you’ll gain the tools and techniques to work with those who struggle with behavioral, cognitive and emotional challenges. Learn more about why we are known as one of the best clinical psychology master’s programs in California.

Clinical Psychology Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program equips its students to serve with excellence as Christian mental health professionals by providing the highest quality of rigorous academic training, guided professional development and integrative faith-based learning in a collaborative and supportive environment.

On Campus Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Our on campus clinical psychology degree fits your busy schedule. Take coursework in tracks varying from two to four years, and classes are available in late afternoon and evening options.

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Online Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Pursue our clinical psychology degree, which is known as one of the best clinical psychology master’s programs in California, from anywhere in the state. You’ll learn from the same experts who teach our on campus courses while having the resources and support to find success.


Alumni and Colleague Resources

We offer a variety of support and resources to our alumni and professional partners such as practicum sites, supervisors, therapists, etc.

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What Clinical Psychology Grad School Alumni Are Saying


My favorite part of the clinical psychology degree program was the small class sizes; you get to have a close relationship with your professors and peers. Wherever you see yourself in the mental health field, Vanguard will prepare you for the journey. And if you’re looking for integration of faith in the classroom, this is the program for you. Now in private practice—not too far from campus—I am constantly being reminded of lessons and clinical skills that I learned at Vanguard.Jacqueline Islas


Quick Facts



  • 2-4 years
  • on campus or online
  • afternoon and evening classes

Fall and Spring*

Meets the education requirements for licensure as an MFT and/or PCC in the state of California.

Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1

(Tuition is based on the 2022/23 academic year and is subject to change.)

*Spring entrance is an early start to a fall track.


Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Brenda Gesell PhD

Director and Associate Professor of Graduate Clinical Psychology

Michelle Hannemann PsyD

Director of Clinical Training, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Kaytie Allah PsyD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Lisa Samaan MS, MFT

Assistant Professor of Graduate Clinical Psychology

Andrew Stenhouse EdD

Professor of Graduate Clinical Psychology

Jerre White Psy.D.

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology

Lisa Hann M.S.

Assistant Director

Dalila Perea M.S.

Program Coordinator

Melissa Brownback LPCC

Adjunct Professor

Margaret Creek LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Jacqueline Islas LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Susette Magana LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Emily Majano LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Ryan Moyher LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Rosalynda Saucedo LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Alexander Snow LMFT

Adjunct Professor

Jeniffer Zowada

Adjunct Professor

Delaia Federico

Teaching Assistant

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Offices and On Campus Classes
located at: 
3000 W MacArthur Blvd, Suite 200
Santa Ana, CA 92704