Completed applications submitted by Jan. 15th are assured for full consideration.

This deadline applies to both the CSU Apply and the departmental application



All application materials must be submitted online through CSU Apply. Required Materials:

  • University Application
  • Department ApplicationPDF File
    • Download the department application, fill it out, and then upload it in CSU Apply
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation 
  • Transcripts of ALL previous coursework
    • One set for the university and an additional set for the department
    • Submit unofficial transcripts with your department application
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses, 2.5 GPA in last 60 semester units, and overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Supervised clinical experience and research experience required 
  • Click   herePDF File   for a list of Required Prerequisite Coursework



Master of Science

in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Science program in clinical psychology at CSUF offers a combination of advanced scientific and applied clinical training that is rarely found at the master's level. We produce rigorously trained graduates who can work in a variety of professional and academic settings, or continue their studies in a doctoral program at either a professional school or a university psychology department. For those students with the M.S. as their final objective, our program prepares them to apply for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licenses. The M.S. program meets the requirements of the Business and Professional Code, Section 4980.37, for MFT and LPCC licensure.

MS Student Handbook 2023-2024PDF File


Great Credentials  : Our program has an outstanding reputation and attracts students on a national and international basis.

Flexibility   : Students receive the clinical foundation needed to work as a mental health professional, as well as the research training and experience required for competitive application to a university doctoral program. Students can choose to work as a licensed therapist, go directly into a doctoral program, or work in a variety of capacities prior to doctoral training.

Excellent Training   : Students in the M.S. program benefit from our strong commitment to the Boulder model scientist-practitioner training approach. They receive instruction in personality theory, clinical assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic methods from outstanding faculty. During their second year, our students receive intensive weekly supervision in their fieldwork placements both from supervisors at their internship sites and from faculty on campus. This includes group and individual supervision, as well as videotape supervision. Students in the M.S. program develop high quality research skills and carry out a research thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Our graduates develop as well-rounded clinicians who can pursue careers in counseling or related fields, or go on for further academic training in research or clinical psychology.

Individual Mentoring   : Our commitment to in-depth advisement and personal attention is demonstrated by our low student to faculty ratio. We admit 18 to 20 students to the M.S. program each year. Keeping the graduate class small permits students ample opportunity to receive high quality instruction. Additionally, students select thesis advisors who work closely with students, assisting them at each phase of thesis development, design, and data analysis. Faculty members also serve as clinical mentors for students, providing feedback and support on their therapeutic skills development.


The M.S. degree requires 60 units:

I. Core Courses (42 units)

PSYC 501    Professional Issues in Psychology (3)

PSYC 510    Research Design (3)

PSYC 520T  Advanced Topics in Research (3)

PSYC 535    Addictions Counseling (3)

PSYC 545    Advanced Psychopathology (3)

PSYC 547    Theories of Psychological Intervention (3)

PSYC 548    Psychotherapeutic Techniques (3)

PSYC 549    Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (3)

PSYC 560    Children and Adolescent Treatment (3)

PSYC 561    Clinical Psychological Assessment (3)

PSYC 569    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)

PSYC 594A    Fieldwork (3)

PSYC 594B    Fieldwork (3)

PSYC 599    Independent Graduate Research (3)

University Catalog-Course Descriptions

II. Thesis (6 units)

PSYC 598    Thesis Research (6)

Alternatives to Empirical ThesesPDF File
MS Thesis ListPDF File  

III.  Electives (12 units)

Students are required to take 12 units of graduate electives. Students can use PSYC 520T, Topical Seminars as elective units or choose from approved elective classes. Students pursuing MFT licensure need to complete Psychopharmacology (3), Child Abuse Reporting (3), Sexual Dysfunction Human Sexuality (3) as electives. Students pursuing the LPCC Licensure should include Addiction, Career Counseling, Crisis Intervention and Trauma Treatment, Group Psychotherapy, and Psychopharmacology as electives in addition to the MFT requirements. In consultation with the M.S. Program Coordinator, students will develop a Plan of Study during their first semester in the program. Seminars and elective courses will be chosen to help students reach their career objectives.


After they complete their studies, most of our students choose to work in the community as counselors. Many of them rise to administrative positions. Currently our graduates hold the following positions: program director of Turning Point, Director of the Juvenile Alternative Care Centers, family counselor at Teenage Research Center, psychologist with the Santa Ana Police Department, psychologist with the U.S. Navy, marriage-family therapist in private practice, and clinical psychologists in private practices. Other graduates have taught at the college level, including community colleges, CSUF and other CSU campuses, or become university administrators.

The Los Angeles Times recently listed Marriage and Family Therapists as one of the top ten fastest growing jobs in California.



Each year, the Psychology Department awards the Outstanding M.S. Student Award to the top individual graduating that year.

Also, various paid teaching assistantships are offered to M.S. students. Consult with the Graduate Secretary concerning availability of these positions and application procedures.


The CSUF clinical psychology M.S. program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is distinct and different from another CSUF program, the clinical mental health counseling program in the College of Health and Human Development

For Additional Information Contact:

CSUF Psychology Department


Department of Psychology - Graduate Office 
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6846
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846