Graduate Programs

The following institutions offer master's degrees that contain courses required for the LPCC license.  These institutions are helping to support CALPCC's work with their paid advertisements. Universities with BBS-approved programs are invited to advertise their programs.  

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Accreditation or Approval:  Licensure requires a degree from a university that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or its equivalent accrediting association, or a university that possessed unconditional approval by California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at the time of the applicant's graduation.

2012 Requirements:  Those who began graduate study on or after August 1, 2012 must meet requirements that went into effect on this date.  Although those who earn degrees out-of-state will be able to complete these requirements post-degree, California applicants must graduate from a program that the Board of Behavioral Sciences has pre-approved.  The BBS list of programs to be sure that a university's program has been evaluated for the 2012 requirements and if it has any missing courses:

View graduate courses required for licensure.  

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Alliant International University

The cutting-edge Clinical Counseling MA Program in San Francisco’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) prepares mental health professional trainees to serve people and their communities.  Students can also take courses at our Mexico City campus to enhance their professional practice.

Contact: 866-825-5426

Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational and Clinical Counseling program equips candidates to guide students and families through challenges and overcome barriers to learning and personal growth. The program prepares students for California state licensure as an LPCC. APU also offers a standalone LPCC certificate program for those with an existing master’s degree.

For more information, contact APU’s Department of School Counseling and School Psychology at (626) 815-5424.

California Southern University

The CalSouthern Master of Arts in Psychology degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California as well as for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.

Eisner Institute for Professional Studies

The Eisner Institute MA  in psychology  is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT.) The programs are 100% percent online with no residency requirement.

For more information contact:
or call 818 380-0185

University of Redlands

Featuring cutting-edge educational experiences, skilled clinical supervision, and a rigorous academic program of study, the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for California licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Students can earn an emphasis in working with couples and families, or school counseling by earning their PPS credential in conjunction with their Masters.

For more information, please contact or call 1-877-299-7547 FREE.

Vanguard Graduate Clinical Psychology Program

Vanguard's Graduate Clinical Psychology Program is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT),  in the state of California.  Vanguard provides rigorous academic training, guided professional development, and integrative faith based learning in collaborative and supportive environment.    

For more information contact: or call  877.669.8872 or 714.966.5499

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