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Antioch University

Antioch University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus* Locations:

Antioch University - Los Angeles

400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 578-1080
AULA M.A. in Clinical Psychology Program Page

Antioch University - Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-8179
AUSB M.A. in Clinical Psychology Program Page

*While Antioch University does offer an online counseling program, only the on-campus programs meet BBS standards for licensure in California. The on-campus program includes some online/hybrid and weekend courses.

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Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot


Higher Learning Commission

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Santa Barbara:
Three optional concentrations in Healthy Aging, Latino Mental Health, and Somatic Psychotherapy.

Los Angeles:
Students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program choose from one of our unique and richly stimulating specializations in Addiction and Recovery, Applied Community Psychology, Child Studies, General Practice Specialization, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology, Professional Clinical Counselor, Psychological Trauma Studies, and Spiritual and Depth Psychology. Each specialization has a highly-regarded curriculum that is embedded in the program. The specializations were developed to meet a growing demand for clinicians with expertise in focused areas of practice, enrich your experience, increase appreciation for cultural diversity, and help develop a successful career path in a chosen area of interest. 

Length of Program

Santa Barbara:
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time, self-paced: up to 5 years

Los Angeles:
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree is a 90 unit program, taken over 8 full-time quarters or 16 part-time quarters.


Santa Barbara:
The MA in Clinical Psychology program can be completed in a minimum of 8 quarters (24 months) of consecutive, full-time study in a one-day-per-week schedule. Students can also elect to attend at their own pace, taking as few or as many units as desire so long as they complete their degree within five years of enrollment. Courses are offered in a cohort model and curriculum is designed so working students who enroll full-time can complete coursework and clinical hours in two years.

Los Angeles:
Day and evening classes and weekend workshops, students can plan their own schedule around work/family commitments etc.

Program Start 

Santa Barbara:
Fall and Winter

Los Angeles:
Fall, Summer, Winter, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition

Santa Barbara:
$54,280 full-time, no specialization; $65,136 part-time, no specialization

Los Angeles:
$60,336 full-time, no specialization; $72,480 part-time no specialization

Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

Data not available

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Santa Barbara:
Degree requirements for all students include 225 hours of face to face hours of clinical training experience. Students enrolled in the Healthy Aging Concentration must complete 75 clinical training hours in face to face contact and/or client advocacy with older adults and their families. Students enrolled in the Latino Mental Health Concentration must complete 75 clinical training hours in face to face contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients.

Los Angeles:
Students must complete a minimum of 297 hours of supervised clinical experience (but no more than 750 hours) as a trainee. As part of the 297-750 hours of experience, students completing the MFT requirements must accrue 150 hours of direct-client-contact counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups and 75 hours of client centered advocacy and/or additional direct-client-contact hours. 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Santa Barbara:
Graduate students in the MACP program are required to complete 20 hours of personal individual, couples, family or group therapy during the course of the program and must begin before the end of their second quarter.

Los Angeles:
Students in the MA in Clinical Psychology Program (including all Specializations) are required to participate as clients in personal psychotherapy, once weekly or more, for a minimum period of two academic quarters, registering for Personal Psychotherapy in each quarter of participation. Individual, group, couples or family therapy may be used to meet this requirement. Students are encouraged to begin their personal therapy in advance and/or concurrently with beginning clinical training.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Los Angeles:
A Master's Thesis or Master’s Project is an option for the MA in Clinical Psychology. It is especially advisable for students intending to seek licensure overseas.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Santa Barbara:

Fall Quarter
Deadline: Mid-July

Winter Quarter
Early Action Deadline: August
Deadline: October

AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly. The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as the earliest decision notification. 

Los Angeles:

Fall Quarter
Priority Deadline: End of July
Final Deadline: Mid-August

Summer Quarter
Priority Deadline: End of April
Final Deadline: Mid-June

In order to be eligible for the New Student Grant, the admissions application and financial aid paperwork must be submitted by the Priority Deadline.

Undergraduate GPA Required

None, must have bachelor's degree

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application HIghlights

Santa Barbara:
Two letters of recommendation

Los Angeles:

Admissions Essay (650 words)
The admissions reviewer(s) is interested in your capacity for self-reflection and your ability to think critically, as well as your writing ability. Please respond to the following prompt:

Building on your life experiences (for example, professional training in psychology or other areas of interest, volunteer/community work, teaching, etc), how do you imagine an MA in Clinical Psychology will advance your professional goals? What contributions do you envision making in this field? Please provide specific examples. 

No letters of recommendation required

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Santa Barbara:
Upon recommendation from the Admissions Committee an applicant is scheduled for a group interview. The group interview lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and includes members of the Admissions Committee and between 3 and 6 applicants.  An individual interview is offered to applicants that reside out of state. As part of the process, at the time of the group interview each applicant is also asked to respond in writing to a brief essay question.

Los Angeles:
After we receive your application materials, we will contact you to make an appointment for a group interview. This interview is an opportunity for you to present your goals and qualifications and to ask questions about Antioch University’s program.

Develop the clinical skills that help your clients, while applying your emerging unique professional style. At Antioch University, we leverage experiential learning, internships, research studies, outreach projects and other student participation opportunities to enhance the education experience beyond the classroom.
— Antioch University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program prepares you to work in today’s society by introducing you to a wide range of theories and techniques. You are challenged to look inward and arrive at new psychological insights that will help you develop greater depth as a psychotherapist and socially-engaged citizen of the world.

The 90 unit program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and by including the PCC specialization as part of your degree program as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). Our Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program is known for successful preparation of compassionate, highly trained, multiculturally competent therapists.