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FAQ's

Is your program accredited or approved?

Our degree fulfills all academic requirements that are set forth by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) (Business and Professions Code of California Section 4980.36). The program also offers additional coursework for students interested in dual licensure as both an MFT and a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). With this additional coursework, the degree also fulfills all academic requirements that are set forth by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for both licenses (Business and Professions Code of California Section 4980.36 and 4999.33). You can see our most recent pass rates for the licensing exams on the BBS website.

Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

American Psychological Association (APA) Accreditation – APA only accredits doctoral level programs in psychology. Since our program is a Masters level degree APA does not accredit us.

What are your admissions requirements? How do I apply?

Information on the application and admission requirements process can be found at Graduate Admissions.

How much does it cost?

There are a number of ways to finance your training in Clinical Psychology. Students may receive institutional scholarships, potential tuition reimbursement, or may cover the majority or all of their costs through the loans the Federal Government offers.

  • Current Tuition Costs.
  • Academic Scholarships: Vanguard University offers academic scholarships based on your cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • Apply for Aid: follow the steps to apply for financial aid.
  • Federal Loans: most graduate students qualify for federal unsubsidized student loans of $20,500 per academic year.
  • Affiliate Partners: employees of our affiliate partners may be eligible for a 10% tuition discount.
  • Employer Tuition Reimbursement: contact your employer to see if they provide assistance.

How long will it take to graduate?

  • Typically students complete the program in three years.
  • The program can be completed in two years (five semesters) by taking a minimum of 13 units per semester.
  • Students may also attended part-time and complete the program in four years.

Go to the Sample Curriculum Schedule for examples of three and two year programs.

I want to help people. Is this program for me?

  • If you are interested in helping people by providing clinical counseling with individuals, couples, families, children, and groups Clinical Psychology would be a great fit for you.
  • Organizational Psychology could be a great fit if you are interested in helping people through creating healthy and just organizational cultures, evaluating effectiveness of training programs in organizations, or advocating for enhancing work-life balance in the workplace.

What times are classes offered?

We strive to serve the needs of working professionals and full-time students in our program by offering afternoon and evening classes.

  • A three unit course is three hours, once a week, for fifteen weeks.
  • Our classes are typically offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 3:30-6:30 pm or 7:00-10:00 pm. (Past schedules can be found here.)
  • An evening only track is available and allows students to graduate in three or four years, taking only evening courses two to three nights a week.

Check out our New 3-year, evening only track

Who will I be in school with?

Our student body is diverse in many ways. They:

  • range in age from early twenties to fifties, with an average age of 34,
  • have a variety of educational and career backgrounds, such as pastoral/ministerial, police, small and corporate business, education, etc., and
  • are culturally diverse, with over 30% coming from a minority background.

We not only believe that this diversity enhances the quality of our program, but that it also fosters personal growth in our students and faculty which allows us to be better therapists.

Who will I be taking classes from?

Our faculty is dedicated to creating the finest academic environment for your graduate degree. They are deeply committed to our mission, that of equipping our students to serve with excellence as Christian mental health professionals. One reason that mission has been consistently fulfilled is that the professors bring to the program a wide variety of academic training, interests, and experience.

We invite you to take the next step