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Psychology Graduate Programs in Northern California

The northern part of California has many institutions that offer graduate psychology programs, including graduate certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees. The programs and coursework at ten institutions will be profiled for interested candidates.

Golden Gate University - San Francisco

Students interested in psychology can pursue a Graduate Certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, which consists of 15 credits and is offered both online and on-campus. The university also offers a 60-credit Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology that is appropriate for a career as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

California Institute of Integral Studies

Students will earn their Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in this three-year program that is focused on treating the individual holistically, including the body and spirit, during counseling. Program requirements include at least 45 hours of individual therapy and a year-long practicum at either the institute's counseling centers or at partner schools and clinical agencies.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University offers three master's-level degrees: Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, or a Dual Degree in Counseling and Forensic Psychology. The 63-credit Masters in Counseling Psychology provides training in areas such as clinical neuroscience and working with patients who have experienced trauma, loss, or grief.

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology requires full-time, year-round study and will take 5 years to complete. Students will complete 98-103 credits on topics such as clinical interviewing and how culture and mental health intersect, along with 1,500 - 2,000 hours of practicum training and a fifth-year internship.

University of the Pacific

At the University of the Pacific, students can earn their Master of Arts in Behavioral Psychology, which consists of 30 credits, a 1-year research apprenticeship, and clinical placements available at treatment centers, schools, and care homes. Students' required courses include ethical behavior in the counseling field, behavioral treatments and implementation, and utilizing controversial treatment methods in applied environments.

San Jose State University

Students can select from three master's programs at San Jose State University, with fields of study in Research and Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The Master of Arts in Research and Experimental Psychology focuses on research experiences and statistics methods and trains graduates for careers in government, business, or research environments.

John F. Kennedy University

This Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has on-campus classes and can be completed in five years on a full-time basis or six years on a part-time basis. The doctorate degree requires 180 credits, with 126 credits in core coursework, 18 credits in electives and 36 credits of an externship.

Stanford University

The doctorate program in psychology at Stanford University offers five areas of focus: Social, Neuroscience, Affective, Developmental, or Cognitive. Common requirements among the five programs include two statistics courses and four core courses from the other areas of focus, along with the option to apply for conferral of the Master of Arts degree after completing required courses for the first two years of study.

Santa Clara University

The 90-credit Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program allows students to choose a track of Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), along with an optional specialization: Latino Counseling, LGBT Counseling, Health Psychology, or Correctional Psychology. The curriculum includes courses like leading group counseling sessions and treatment methods for substance abuse.

University of California - Berkeley

Students enrolled in the doctorate program at the University of California - Berkeley can select from seven areas of focus: Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, and Social-Personality. The university offers Graduate Student Instructor appointments that provide students with a partial tuition waiver and require up to 20 hours of work per week.

SchoolPrograms OfferedGraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Golden Gate University - San Francisco*Graduate Certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
*Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
$18,985
California Institute of Integral Studies*Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology$21,400
Holy Names University*Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
*Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
*Dual Master of Arts in Counseling and Forensic Psychology
$18,570
University of San Francisco*Doctorate in Clinical Psychology$24,990
University of the Pacific*Master of Arts in Behavioral Psychology$47,952
San Jose State University*Master of Arts in Research and Experimental Psychology
*Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
*Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
$9,230 (in-state)/$18,734 (out-of-state)
John F. Kennedy University*Doctorate in Clinical Psychology$8,500
Stanford University*Doctorate in Psychology: Social, Neuroscience, Affective, Developmental, or Cognitive$51,354
Santa Clara University*Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology$24,144
University of California - Berkeley*Doctorate in Psychology: Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Clinical Science, Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, and Social-Personality$14,131 (in-state)/$29,233 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

California institutions offer many options for graduate programs in psychology, with options ranging from a Graduate Certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology to a Doctorate in Clinical Science Psychology. Programs like these may lead to careers as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).