Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

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Clinical Psychology

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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Our Aim Our aim is to prepare doctoral students for entry-level practice in the field of clinical psychology.

Our Mission Our mission is to graduate the next generation of health service psychologists to live their purpose as 21st century “Good Samaritans.” We train burgeoning mental health professionals to be academically prepared through discipline-specific knowledge, globally minded and equipped to serve via profession-wide competencies and biblically rooted by integrating psychological science and the Christian faith.

Our Goal Our goal is to prepare practitioner-scholars to competently, ethically and effectively acquire clinical skills in the foundational and functional areas of professionalism; relationships; psychological science; the application of theoretical and empirical models of assessment, intervention and consultation; and supervision in multidisciplinary settings. By concentrating on a sequential, developmental approach that emphasizes the gradual attainment of clinical competencies at three successive levels of training, graduates will secure the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to transition from doctoral education to the internship process, culminating with independent psychology licensure and practice. Through blending empirical evidence and clinical practice—drawing inspiration from the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–36) along the way—graduates from the program will be equipped to serve those in need within contemporary society, responding to suffering with a servant’s heart so as to ameliorate the stigma of mental disorders through compassion, kindness and empathy.


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Program Distinctives


Become a Practitioner-Scholar


Prepare for Licensure


Learn in a Cohort


The program is based on the practitioner-scholar model, emphasizing both the practice and science of clinical psychology.

Graduates will secure the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to transition from doctoral education to the internship process, culminating with independent psychology licensure and practice.

Move through the program with the support of a small cohort and caring faculty members.

Gain a Biblical Foundation

Become biblically rooted within the profession of clinical psychology.

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Student Learning Outcomes ¹ Develop General Knowledge in the Discipline of Psychology Students will understand and apply a knowledge of the history and systems of psychology; theories of psychotherapy; affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, sociological and abnormal bases of behavior; integrative knowledge within multiple domains of psychology; research approaches; and psychometrics to health service psychology.

Develop Specific Competencies in the Profession of Clinical Psychology Students will understand the role that several key competencies play in health service psychology, developing these skills incrementally as they move from practicum placement to internship, followed by graduation and independent practice. The six competency domains within the program focus on (a) professionalism; (b) relationships; (c) science; (d) the application of evidence-based practice, assessment, intervention and consultation; (e) supervision; and (f) systems, all of which emphasize the value of individual and cultural diversity and the empirical literature within clinical psychology.

Blend Psychological Science and a Christian Worldview Students will be biblically rooted within the profession of clinical psychology, developing the ability to integrate a Christian worldview into previously developed and well-established theories and empirical models, starting with psychological science as the foundation and exploring ways the Christian tradition aligns with clinical psychology. Students will also learn how to begin with a Christian worldview, using several biblical traditions to build, test and evaluate theory, starting with the Bible as the foundation and exploring ways the scientific method can help to enrich, deepen and empirically validate a biblical view of suffering and healing in the 21st century by focusing on assessment and intervention for Christian clients.

¹The first two student learning outcomes for the program, including the structure and much of the language and terminology, are drawn from the knowledge and competencies presented in the APA’s “Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology” and “Implementing Regulations” (see, as well as the APA’s “Competency Initiatives in Professional Psychology” (see “The California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations” (see article 3, Education and Experience, under the “California Code of Regulations”) has also been used to develop the areas of knowledge that are necessary for California psychology licensure. All three outcomes draw from CBU’s Core 4 university outcomes.


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Accreditation Status WASC: Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Senior College and University Commission APA: The CBU PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), on contingency through the following date: September 28th, 2026. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: Web:

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CBSS Spotlight The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) is widely recognized and highly respected by public, private and faith-based agencies throughout the Inland Empire community. As one of the oldest and largest colleges at California Baptist University, the CBSS is well known for its variety of program offerings, research and scholarship, practicum and training sites and service to the community. The Center for the Study of Human Behavior, the only facility of this kind at CBU, serves as an integral student and faculty research and training center. Additionally, the Center for Community Engagement and Social Innovation and the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology provide valuable opportunities for research and community impact.


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Through academic and community engagement, rigorous research agendas and excellence in teaching and learning, the CBSS seeks to bring hope and healing to our world. Alums of the CBSS are well educated and trained in the classroom and in practical settings; but, more importantly, they are equipped to serve with excellence, compassion and love in their respective settings.

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Features • An emphasis on individual and cultural diversity • A focus on the peer-reviewed psychology literature • An exploration of the intersection between psychology and Christianity

Training Philosophy and Model The program is based on the practitioner-scholar model, emphasizing both the practice and science of clinical psychology. In preparing students to enter the mental health field as practitioner-scholars, the program utilizes sequential training, adopting the APA’s benchmarks model to assess professional competencies at three stages of learning—prior to practicum placement, prior to internship placement and after graduation—as students move toward independent practice.

Structure • A traditional, full-time, five-year program with mostly evening and weekend courses • Four years of academic coursework • Three years of practicum placements (one internal and two external) • A one-year, full-time internship placement • Cohort sizes of approximately 20 students

Coursework The program requires 128 units with several course sequences (CS) that focus on sequential learning, including: • • • • •


Basic content CS (15 units) State of California CS (12 units) Research CS (18 units) Practicum CS (31 units) Intervention CS (18 units)

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Assessment CS (10 units) Supervision CS (3 units) Faith integration CS (12 units) Elective CS (9 units)

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Graduation Requirements • 128 units • One internal (500 hours) and two external (1,000 hours) practicum placements • One full-time internship placement • Dissertation • Clinical competency exam • Personal psychotherapy • Student membership in APA • Attendance at one state, regional or national psychology conference

Career Paths • Clinical psychologist, conducting assessments and interventions in a wide variety of settings • Professor in higher education • Administrator • Consultant • Researcher

Program Tuition* $988 per unit + fees ≈ approximate cost: $127,724

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Applicant Criteria • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or the evaluated equivalency. Students with a master’s degree in clinical psychology may transfer up to 27 units towards the CBU PsyD degree. • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing), dated within the last five years. Send scores to PSYCAS using the institution code for CBU, 4274. • A minimum 3.0 GPA

Prerequisites* • Statistics, Research Methods, Psychometrics or related coursework • Three of the following: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Theories of Personality, Theories of Psychotherapy or related coursework *Prerequisites are individually evaluated to determine the level of preparation for doctoral studies in clinical psychology.

How to Apply



Submit a graduate application at


Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to PSYCAS.


Provide any supplemental documents required to PSYCAS.

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Application Checklist PSYCAS application ( Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended Three professional recommendations. Peer recommendations will not be accepted. Professional essay in APA format, that includes the following: • Your decision to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, including the reasons for this pursuit • The ways in which your academic background has prepared you for doctoral studies in clinical psychology, including the practicum sequence, research sequence, dissertation process, clinical competency exam and professional licensure upon graduation • Some of the challenges you anticipate facing in a doctoral program in clinical psychology, including how you expect to overcome these struggles • Your views on cultural diversity, including how you intend to effectively, competently and ethically work with clients from a variety of backgrounds with differing worldviews • Your views on faith integration—combining the Christian faith with psychological science when working with Christian clients—including your reactions to the importance that the CBU PsyD program places on this competency area in its coursework • An example of a worldview conflict between yourself and a potential client (e.g., working with a client who lives his or her life in a way that is inconsistent with your own faith tradition), including how you might go about resolving such a source of tension • Your views on possibly relocating out of state for the fifth-year internship in order to secure an APA-accredited internship placement, including how you might prepare for such a major life transition • Your 10-year plan, including what you see yourself doing in the field of clinical psychology after licensure

Current resume documenting related professional and extracurricular experiences Successful completion of interview process, including an interview with the director of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program

Application Deadline January 15 Late applications are accepted and considered as space allows.

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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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