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  • Psychology

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PhD in Psychology 


". . . education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."

John Dewey


The Ph.D. in Psychology curriculum offers four years of coursework in Imaginal Psychology (three years for Advanced Standing students) drawing on spiritual traditions, somatic practices, creative arts, mythology, indigenous wisdom, literary and poetic imagination, deep ecology, mystical philosophy, cultural history, and social critique.

Building on the core curriculum of the first two years, the third and fourth years of the Ph.D. program emphasize research, clinical, and cultural praxis skills as well as acquiring the knowledge base of psychology as a profession. The research coursework prepares students for the completion of an original research dissertation.

The Ph.D. in Psychology is designed to meet the educational requirements for the state of California Psychologist license. The Ph.D. in Psychology also meets the educational requirements for the state of California MFT license (Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 33, Section 4980.36, Business and Professions Code), and the state of California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), (Senate Bill 788, Section 4999.33, Business and Professions Code), provided that fieldwork is done in accordance with BBS requirements.

Educational Objectives

The Ph.D. curriculum builds cumulatively upon the Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum and entails the following elements:

  1. To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
  2. To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
  3. To develop cultural praxis skills.
  4. To develop conceptual understanding and the capacities and skills to undertake participatory research that can create new meaning and serve to potentially revitalize personal and cultural transformation.
  5. To develop competencies required to facilitate transformative learning with an understanding of human development and therapeutic outcomes across multiple domains of psychological practice and levels of human systems.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students who enter with a Bachelor's degree must complete four years (181 credits, 1310 hours). Students who enter the program’s second year with a Master's degree (Advanced Standing) must complete three years (150 credits, 1000 hours). Supervised fieldwork (750 hours) and dissertation credits are included in these credit totals (in the clinical concentration; other concentrations may entail 5-10 fewer total units).

  • Students entering with a Bachelor's degree are required to take the written and oral comprehensive exams for the Master's in Psychology after completing two years of coursework.

  • After completing all coursework, students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive examinations.

  • The completion of an original research Dissertation is required.

  • Sixty hours of personal therapy in an individual, couple, family, or group setting are required. In some cases, this experience may be obtained prior to enrollment in Meridian’s graduate program.

  • Students have a maximum of seven years after ending coursework with their cohort to complete the Ph.D. in Psychology.


Please consult the Academic Catalog for the curriculum overview, course descriptions, and clinical licensure information relevant to the Ph.D. in Psychology.

"These leaves, our bodily personalities, seem identical, but the globe of soul-fruit we make, each is elaborately unique."

Jalaluddin Rumi


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