Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

MSCP/Marriage and Family Therapy (MSCP/MFT), MSCP/Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (MSCP/MFT/LPCC)

NDNU’s Clinical Psychology Department (CPD) approaches the study of psychology with a value on the development of the whole person throughout the lifespan. The CPD is grounded in a psychological approach that is integrative, emphasizing the interdependence of psychological, developmental, relational, affective, cognitive, behavioral, cultural, social, neurobiological, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. The CPD is dedicated to training well-rounded mental health professionals and emphasizes clinical training, community engagement and diversity in its academic, theoretical, and learning approaches. The CPD trains students to become either licensed or unlicensed mental health professionals qualified to pursue careers in medical, mental health, allied health, administration, social service, educational, geriatric, research and business settings, as well as prepare students to pursue future doctoral studies in psychology or a related field.

The MSCP degree program offers two concentrations and one certificate:

  1. The MSCP, at 37 units, prepares students for future doctoral studies, and can serve as a terminal degree for unlicensed, master’s level mental health professionals to work within a broad range of clinical, social service, medical, research, and administrative settings.
  2. The MSCP/MFT concentration, at 60 units, enables students to pursue a clinical license as a marriage and family therapist (MFT). It also prepares students for doctoral studies.
  3. The MSCP/MFT/LPCC concentration, at 67 units, enables students to pursue clinical licenses to practice as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC). It may also be for students interested in doctoral studies.
  4. Optional Certificate in Clinical Gerontology (8 units) within all degree programs.

See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions:


  • Comprehensive program offers the MSCP, MSCP/MFT, and MSCP/MFT/LPCC programs, a clinical gerontology concentration, and choices for fulfilling, individualized career goals in clinical psychology.
  • Courses are conveniently offered in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends.
  • Program emphasizes integrative education; rigorous clinical training; community engagement, community based learning and research; academic direction, mission and value-based learning; mentoring relationships; and personalized learning.
  • Fulfills California academic requirements with the Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensed marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) and prepares students for the MFT/LPCC exams and licensures.
  • Prepares students for competitive doctoral studies in psychology or related fields (law, social work, education) including supporting students to become a clinical, experimental, developmental, or social psychologist.
  • Graduate training in clinical psychology is applicable to many backgrounds: social work, sociology, biology, business, education, law, medicine, and allied health.
  • Innovative clinical and psychotherapy courses with professors who are all scholar-practitioners: highly trained, experienced clinicians, who are actively practicing in the field, pursuing scholarly activities, and engaged in service to the community.
  • Sponsors Professional Speakers Series.
  • Sponsors Practicum Training Fair with community agencies, providing opportunities for practicum and internship placements throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Research training is supported through a comprehensive, individualized capstone or thesis research project related to professional interests that can be applied professionally.
  • Clinical training is managed by the Director of Clinical Training, also an experienced licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, and the Clinical Training Team, licensed mental health professionals, who teach Practicum which counts towards MFT licensure.
  • Academic success is supported through the Academic Director, whose background in student services, career, and academic counseling supports students’ academic goals.
  • Program Chair, also a licensed clinical psychologist and analyst in private practice, values scholarship, clinical training, community engagement and service, and real world experience.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply to enter the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:

  • Completed NDNU application for admission
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with one transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent academic preparation outside of the U.S.
  • GPA of a 3.0 and above preferred, but 2.5-3.0 considered.
  • An autobiographical statement, generally two-three typed, double-spaced pages describing why you are interested in the field, the program, and NDNU as well as other pertinent personal or professional experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from an academic source and one from a professional source.
  • Prerequisites: 15 units of psychology with a “B-”or better including General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics.


Kaitlin Aparicio
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Helen Marlo, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Clinical Psychology

Hannah Yanow, MA, Advising Analyst and Administrative Coordinator