MS in Clinical Psychology

COVID and in-person learning announcement:

We plan to hold all courses in-person for students starting Fall 2022.

Informational Video of SJSU's MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Get information about the program, learn what makes us unique, how to apply, changes related to COVID, and more! This is a stand alone recording (made 10-15-20) of the information provided in the MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Open House on 10-14-20. 

Click here for Video Recording use passcode: SJSU_CMHC_F21. Get Zoom here.   


San Jose State University's (SJSU) MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly MS in Clinical Psychology) program prepares graduate students for licensure as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. The program is approved by the California state licensing board (the Board of Behavioral Sciences) to provide the education required to move toward licensure as an independent psychotherapist in the state. Here are some quick facts about the program.

In compliance with Federal law 34 CFR § 668.43, we have not made a determination that the MS Clinical program curriculum at SJSU meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in any other state than California. While the program does meet the licensing requirements for California for the MFT and LPCC, every state has different requirements, and it will be up to each student to determine whether they will meet licensing requirements in any other US state or territory of the US after completing the curriculum at SJSU. 

Please note that beginning in Fall 2021, the MS Clinical Psychology program will be called the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. For those applying, please search for that program name with CalSateApply. It is the same program but with a new name that reflects the training we provide for those seeking to become psychotherapists under the MFT or LPC licenses in California. [We are not a counselor eduction program for those seeking to be guidance or school academic counselors; see SJSU's Guidance & Counseling program.]


  information about the program            info for prospective students

  application information             information about licensing

 Current curriculum             Our Program Learning Objectives

Meet the MS Clinical faculty             FAQs and policies

  resources for graduate school          current student information 

After reviewing the website, please direct questions about the program to the directors:
Dr. Capriotti at OR Dr. Woodhead at