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PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology doctorate and PhD in clinical psychology - Pepperdine GSEP

Promoting Mental Health and Serving Society

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program will prepare students for careers as licensed clinical psychologists, serving their communities through applied clinical practice. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2027*.

*For further information about the accreditation status of this or any other psychology doctoral program, please contact the APA Office of Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, Phone: (202) 336-5979.

Program Overview

Program Length / Units

4 years / 82 units

Unit Cost


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Campus Location

West Los Angeles (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

Pepperdine University employs the practitioner-scholar model of doctoral training in which academics, clinical training, and research are conjoined. This rigorous program consists of three years of clinically relevant coursework and supervised clinical training, followed by one year of internship, and completion of a clinical dissertation. After completion of postdoctoral clinical training, graduates will be eligible to be examined for licensure as psychologists throughout the country and in Canada.


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Program Benefits

  • Ranked #6 Psy.D. program in the US*
  • University-based doctoral program with access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked institution in the US**
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • World-class clinical training opportunities, including 4 university-based clinics, and training rotations throughout southern California
  • Dedicated support and resources to help find and secure practicum and internship placements
  • 97% overall internship placement with 91% placed at APA-accredited internships
  • 100% of alumni are licensed psychologists in most recent 5-year post-graduation survey

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad School Rankings, Clinical Psychology
** U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Career Outcomes

Psychologists are needed in many clinical, academic, and professional settings, including universities, hospitals, and private practice. After earning your doctoral degree, you may pursue licensure and employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychology Professor
  • Clinical Program Director
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist

Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs for Doctors of Psychology is expected to grow 21% in California*
  • The average annual wage for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in California is $94,910**
  • The average annual wage for Postsecondary Psychology Teachers in California is $105,740**
  • California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Psychology doctoral programs*

*2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs
**U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017