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:  http://www.bbs.ca.gov/lpcc_program/lpcc_schools_post_082012.shtml

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Alliant International University  
http://www.alliant.edu/cspp/programs-degrees/clinical-counseling/index.php

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 sfadmissions@alliant.edu or 415-955-2146


Azusa Pacific University http://www.apu.edu/education/counselingpsych/programs

APU’s BBS approved Master of Arts in Education: Clinical Counseling Program will equip candidates with an in-depth understanding of the numerous issue and pressures facing students and their families today. The program will also prepare students for California state licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). 

For more information, contact Paul Bernard at: pbernard@apu.edu or (626) 815-2180. 


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 www.eisnerinstitute.org

The Eisner Institute for Professional Studies offers a Masters of Arts in Psychology, which includes the BBS, approved coursework that meets the statutory requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). EIPS offers a 100% online program with a rolling admission. Grandfathering and single courses available.

For Contact Information: info@eisnerinstitute.org or call (818) 380-0185

University of Redlands   
www.redlands.edu/academics/school-of-education/11789.aspx

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA (BBS approved) contains an embedded emphasis on issues of social justice and advocacy, preparing students to engage in culturally sensitive interventions with diverse populations. Students will be trained and empowered to address larger systemic societal inequities that impact the mental health of their clients.

Call (909) 748-8064 or email to education@redlands.edu for more information.


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