Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology and Clinical Psychology Programs (MPIC and MAP) are seeking licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists, preparation for doctoral programs in Psychology, or to advance their knowledge in a specialized area within the field of Psychology. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program offers specialized training in Applied Community Psychology; Child Studies; LGBT-Affirmative Psychology; Spiritual and Depth Psychology; Psychological Trauma; or an individually Self-Designed Specialization. All of the degree options are fully described in the MAP Program section of this catalog.

New students are admitted into the MAP and MPIC program at the start of each quarter. One-Day-a-Week students are admitted for Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. For application deadlines, refer to the Academic Calendar or to the AULA website,

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for admission, applicants must supply the following:

  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (Note: Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a non-regionally accredited institution of higher education may be considered, but is at the discretion of the academic program.) Neither the degree nor the major need be in Psychology.
  • Evidence of graduate level writing and communication ability, as demonstrated in the Admissions Dialogue Essay.
  • Evidence of appropriate orientation and goals that indicate potential success in the Programs as well as future professional work, as provided in the Admissions Dialogue Essay, previous academic record, and a face-to-face interview.

Before applying for the MA in Clinical Psychology, any applicant with a record of a past criminal offense is advised to contact the California Board of Behavioral Sciences regarding eligibility for MFT licensure.

Fast Track Admission for the MAP Program

Interested BA students who already attend AULA may consider applying for the Fast Track option for the MAP Program.See the Fast Track section of this catalog for further details.