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Vanguard University

Vanguard University

 

M.S. in Clinical Psychology

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 966-5499

Vanguard University M.S. in Clinical Psychology Program Page


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

Accreditation

WASC

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

None

Length of Program

2-4 years

Schedule/Format

  • Clinical class sizes are limited to 15 and practicum class sizes are limited to 8. 
  • Full-time students receive a Masters degree in three years (seven to eight semesters) or two years (five semesters).
  • Late 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.
  • Full and part time availability with an evening only, four year track option. The evening only track allows students to graduate in four years, taking only evening courses two to three nights a week.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition

$45,000

Religious orientation

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.

  • Emphasis placed on integration of Christianity and psychology.
  • Faculty are professionals committed to Christian excellence, spirituality and community.

Entering Class Size

Data not available

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

225 clinical hours at approved practicum placements with a minimum of 150 face-to-face client contact hours.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Completion of 30 sessions of personal therapy.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Exit Project required in place of a thesis.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Spring

  • October 1 – Priority Application Deadline
  • November 1 – Standard Application Deadline

Fall

  • January 15 – Early Action Application Deadline 
    • Students who submit their entire application prior to January 15 receive a priority interview date.
  • March 1 – Standard Application Deadline 
    • Students who submit their entire application prior to March 1 are notified of the Program’s decision by April 15.
  • Students applying after March 1 are evaluated on a space available basis.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

GPA indicating an ability appropriate for graduate work (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred)

Completed Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (Applicants from an institution accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges will be evaluated on an individual basis.)

GRE Requirement

None

Prerequisite Courses

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Psychopathology or Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology or Human Development
  • Counseling Theories or Theories of Personality

It is required that all prerequisite courses have been completed within the last seven years with a grade of B- or better.

Application highlights

  • Three Reference Forms with accompanying Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Faith
  • Autobiographical Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Yes

 
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.
— Vanguard University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Mission: 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.

Program Information

Our degree prepares students for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists and/or Professional Clinical Counselors within the state of California.

  • Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening.
  • Full and part time schedules are available as well as an evening only, four year track.
  • Mentoring and individual attention from faculty and staff.
  • Environment that facilitates development of a cohesive and supportive community.

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.

  • Alumni: Letters of Recommendation, Licensing Information and Support, Contact Information, etc.
  • Colleagues: Announcements, Practicum Placement, Supervisor Evaluation of the Program, Contact Information, etc.

Clinical Foundations

Clinical and theoretical foundations of the field of clinical psychology are presented with an emphasis on Client-Centered therapy and the development of beginning level skills. Course includes supervised experience which will be used in assessing eligibility for trainee status.