Program Description

The underlying philosophy of doctoral training in clinical psychology at LLU is to train students/graduates to be, first of all, psychologists who are well-grounded in the theory and science of psychology, who then become practicing clinical psychologists in a variety of settings. The comprehensive mission of the clinical psychology programs is to provide its students with the cumulative experiences necessary for them to become:
  • scientifically oriented;
  • intensively trained and highly skilled psychologists; and
  • well-prepared as psychologists (academicians, researchers, consultants, supervisors or clinicians) in the discipline of psychology in the twenty-first century, particularly in the health-related fields and within the context of a holistic approach to human health and welfare.
The Department of Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Faculty and students are engaged in both non-funded and funded research. Research activities reflect a broad spectrum of interests.

The capstone of clinical training is the one year of pre-doctoral internship, for which students must apply. Following graduation the student must engage in post-doctoral clinical training in order to become eligible for state licensure.

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Program Length

5 years (including internship)

Possible Careers

Our psychology programs prepare individuals for careers in settings such as general hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care, and academics.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2021 Mar 13, 2020 Dec 1, 2020

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • General GRE Exam
    • Sum of the percentile ranks for the verbal and quantitative subtests of the GRE must equal or exceed 100
    • A percentile ranking in either category cannot be lower than the 35th percentile
    • The analytical score must be 4.0 or higher
    • The highest subtest score from multiple administrations of the GRE may be used for admissions purposes
    • The psychology subject exam is not required
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required (preferably from current or previous professors)
  • Structured pre-admission interview by invitation may follow once all requirements for admission have been received
Important Items to Note:
  • Deadline for fall quarter admission is December 1
  • The Department of Psychology accepts new students only in the fall quarter


There are no specific courses required for this degree.  Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2020-2021

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Tuition $30,849 $36,728 $37,394 $37,394 $13,520
Fees $2,700 $3,500 $3,600 $3,600 $20
Books & Supplies $800 $1,600 $800 $800 $800
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $34,349 $41,828 $41,794 $41,794 $14,340


Expected costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

80% of students in the Psychology department receive financial aid.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Months enrolled 9 12 12 12 12
Room & Board $12,645 $15,540 $16,860 $16,860 $16,860
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $3,840 $3,840 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,070 $2,760 $2,760 $2,760 $2,760


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.