Degree Granting Authority

History of California State Authorization

The Professional School of Psychology initially received State of California Department of Education approval to conduct pscyhology courses in 1980, permitting graduates access to state licensing examinations. Later, authorization to grant master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology, as well as certificates in behavioral neurosciences and Industrial-Organizational psychology, was granted by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education pursuant to Section 94900 of the California Education Code.

A new agency (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education) came into existence on January 1, 2010. The Professional School of Psychology have been approval to operate in the State of California based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which went into effect January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, 916.574.7720. This approval extends through 2017.

Relationship to Other Licensing Agencies

The Tracks I, II, and III clinical programs at PSP leading to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), fulfill the educational requirements for the California Psychologist license. Out-of-state or out-of-country students are advised to check with their own licensing boards to determine requirements for licensure. Applicants should also be aware that units earned for courses taken at PSP may not be acceptable for transfer credit at other graduate schools.

Annual Report

The Professional School of Psychology is required under conditions of its approval by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to submit an annual report with regard to its academic operations. The latest report (2012) is provided through the following link:

Annual Report 2012: Submitted to Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

Performance Fact Sheet

As a requirement for approvel from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, The Professional School of Psychology is required to provide every student with a Performance Fact Sheet which provides information regarding academic performance and postgraduate job performance. Every entering student receives a copy of this Fact Sheet as part of their contract with the school. In addition, the Performance Fact Sheet is provided as an appendix to the school’s catalog. We have also provided a link below to the Performance Fact Sheet (2012):

Performance Fact Sheet: 2012