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California Southern University Reviews of Doctoral in Clinical Psychology

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Locations:   Irvine (CA) 

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33% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
56% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Doctoral in Clinical Psychology

Student Reviews - Doctoral in Clinical Psychology

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Reviewed: 9/24/2023

Degree: Clinical Psychology

This is a diploma mill, plain and simple. There is no real instruction or interaction with teachers unless you request an appointment, and there do not appear to be any minimum standards in terms of the quality of work submitted by students, or quality control on the part of the school in general. I had one instructor who was engaged and actually gave me decent feedback on my work. That's it. I would highly recommend that folks interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology bite the bullet... Read More

Orinda Palmer

Reviewed: 5/16/2023

Degree: Clinical Psychology

California Southern University mentors I have encountered lack professionalism and lack of communication. I have sent numerous emails asking for help, and the mentors lack providing me with the necessary assistance for the dissertation program. I was told when I enrolled in the program that I would obtain the necessary help from the mentors, and the program was guided to help me succeed in the dissertation program, which the mentors lack. California Southern University would need to look into whom... Read More

Dr. W.

Reviewed: 5/1/2023

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I’m so sad to read all the negative reviews about the decline of CSU. I attended from 2014-2019 and it was an amazingly rigorous, compassionate, and thorough Psy.D program that I would recommend to anyone. There was turnover then but I had a wealth of support from my advisors, professors, and my doctoral project committee. This program truly helped me to carve out my area of focus and contribution for the remainder of my career.


Reviewed: 3/14/2023

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I was prompted by an associate who was thinking about attending the school. They were concerned about recent negative reviews. They asked if I would attend again. I thought, hey I want to read some of the reviews. I read about all sorts of positive and negative issues. In some cases people who had complaints seemed to be dismissing situational factors like covid or even personal choice of others, meaning that blaming a school for changing a case manager or for that employee leaving when we have no... Read More

Jason S.

Reviewed: 12/23/2022

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I see a lot of negative responses about communication and advising. I don't understand this. I have had great experience with my advisor. When there is a question the advisor is prompt and either answers the question directly or puts me in touch with the person who can. Communication with Professors has been amazing. Again, if I have a question the professors are quick to answer and even offer Zoom calls if requested. The subjects and assignments are engaging and the classes are designed for students... Read More


Reviewed: 12/21/2022

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I started as just tipping my toes in there, but I ended up taking my PsyD degree. It was rigorous and worth it. Downfall, the academic advisors were in and out ( resigned or something). Another thing: The university waived my tuition, and it was reset to $0.00, instead of paying in $16,000.00s, I paid less than $2,000.00. I am glad for the decision I made. Good luck to you all.

Sara Russ

Reviewed: 10/14/2022

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I attended this school from 2012-22 for their PsyD program. The quality of the education is horrible. They eliminated all personal contact and students are completely on their own. They also moved to Arizona. What? Recently I tried calling three different numbers and extensions and got only voicemails, which is thought was odd. I also didn’t get a return call. They have made some incredibly shady changes in recent years, which is why I withdrew. I no longer have any faith in this PsyD program. Trust... Read More


Reviewed: 6/17/2022

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I am completely dissatisfied with the level of administrative support I receive from the university. They switched from one platform to another (CANVAS) platform and the level of support I started with just vanished. I currently have no idea who my advisor is, nor do I know how to find that information. Also, I have left messages on the CANVAS board for advisement (as I'm almost done with coursework and want to prepare for the exam) and have had no return messages. The library is missing a lot of... Read More

Dr. Bernard Klop

Reviewed: 5/5/2021

Degree: Clinical Psychology

My five years as a student at California Southern University was a wonderful experience! The flexibility in programming and the quality and rigour of the courses are on par with any brick and mortar university. I had a fantastic team to support me through my dissertation journey, and was able to graduate summa cum laude. As with any university program and especially one with a distance learning format, to be successful requires a high degree of motivation and self-discipline. If you are passionate... Read More

James Byron Harvey

Reviewed: 9/25/2020

Degree: Clinical Psychology

The experience had it's ups and downs, but at the end of my program where I needed to test for the qualification examination, the university was missing-in-action the entire time. No support by-the-way regarding internship and practicum placement. Plus, they do not support APEX placement at all! I studied for three months in preparations of for the qualification examination, and the resources the university provided was minimal. Did not pass by one point, and reached out for support for study materials... Read More


Reviewed: 12/11/2019

Degree: Clinical Psychology

The advisers change weekly and no one knows what they are doing. One is told different things by whom ever you speak with. You have to self-teach. I would NOT waste my money because truly, that is all the school cares about, or so it seems. When I graduated, I had a credit of almost $1000.00 due to my over paying. Do you think I have my money???? Nope, still waiting. It is shameful they way they do business. They charge you for all these silly asinine things but can never explain why.


Reviewed: 1/26/2019

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I have been enrolled at California Southern University working on a clinical psychology degree since spring 2018. I have maintained a 4.0 answering all of my questions with the answers I knew they wanted to hear. I requested to speak with the dean regarding the curriculum. In particular the social justice that was connected to every assignment. I told her that I grew up in a time when students were taught to pay attention to their prejudice. I learned that we should get to know someone before we... Read More


Reviewed: 12/4/2018

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I just completed my first year in the PsyD program and am so glad I chose this school. I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University (wonderful and rigorous program for counseling/MFT work), and wanted to complete a PsyD for the doctoral level education, title, and option to become a clinical psychologist so that I may do psych testing in my private practice. I feel confident in my therapy techniques from my experience at Vanguard, and not sure I would feel as prepared... Read More

Successful PsyD Graduate of California Southern University

Reviewed: 12/22/2017

Degree: Clinical Psychology

California Southern University is a great University. My doctorate this year was the "capstone" to my career. Having been working in mental health for the past almost 30-years the University offered me an alternative way to learn and improve myself. The professors, who are called mentors were all great and highly qualified as they have experience in both the "real world" and the University which makes them more holistic individuals. Initially I started thinking it would be too much work to earn the... Read More

PsychDoc 2017

Reviewed: 10/24/2016

Degree: Clinical Psychology

Rigorous but designed well for independent work. As an educator I recommend the program as solid and good for licensure prep. Leveling program is worth it if your Masters is in another field, bit helps if you are a good writer with psych background. Some of the same teachers for classes so always keep good communication and email them with questions. Some are very open to phone support and a few of my teachers were the best I have ever had after earning several degrees. MA program seems to have more... Read More


Reviewed: 9/25/2016

Degree: Clinical Psychology

The attention to individuals is a huge aspect of CSU, and it is the reason I switched from Touro. While CSU is building a name, the program is solid and they have many protocols in place to address student needs. For instance, your academic advisor listens to you, and will help change things or adjust if you need to. Also, mentors and advisors are extremely well-educated, personable, and professional, unlike some other online programs out there. I am so very particular about instructional integrity,... Read More


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