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Student Success

Student Retention, Graduation, and Program Completion Times

Meridian faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the advising and support students need to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Faculty seek to provide students with a stimulating learning environment, enriched by the facilitation of strong faculty and cohort connections.

Meridian offers learning formats that support non-traditional and life-long learners, providing students with the support and flexibility that can help in balancing the pursuit of educational goals with professional, personal, and family commitments. For these reasons, the completion timeframe of Meridian students may vary from traditional university students.


Retention rates are calculated each academic year per entering cohort, for the first and second year and are determined by the number of first-time students who remain enrolled from Fall to Fall. Meridian consistently maintains very high retention rates, as shown in the charts below. All available retention rates for the Business and Transformative Learning Programs are provided below.

Completion Rates

Completion rates are calculated based on the number of graduates divided by the students available for graduation, per entering cohort. The “number in program” is the number of students scheduled to complete the program within the reporting calendar years (2014 and 2015). The “Number in Program” includes students that may still be enrolled. The “Number of Graduates” is the number of students who completed the program within 100% of the program length.

Graduation Rates for Entering Cohorts by Degree Program 
  TWO YEAR TOTAL (2014, 2015)    
  % Graduated Number in Program Number Graduates 2014 % Graduate 2015 % Graduate
Master in Psychology 100% 3 3 100% 100%
Masters in Counseling Psychology      80% 15 12 91% 50%
Ph.D. in Psychology 43% 14 6 50% 40%
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology 60% 10 6 50% 75%
Combined 64% 42 27    

Program Completion Timeframe

Over the past 6-year period from 2010-11 through 2015-16, 91% of Meridian graduates completed their program on or before the maximum completion time frame.

A student’s program completion time is calculated based on the admission date and graduation date. The chart below represents students graduating in the Psychology and Transformative Leadership Programs between the academic years of 2010-11 and 2015-16. Program Completion rates for students in the Business programs, launched in 2013-14 are not yet available. Maximum timeframes for completion of a degree program are defined as less than 150 percent of the standard timeframe needed to complete the degree program (MA=4, MCP=6, PSYD=10, PHD=11, MED=4).


Licensure Pass Rates and Placement

Meridian students are consistently successful on California’s MFT and Psychologist licensing exams (Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) and Board of Psychology (BOP), respectively), scoring well above state-wide averages.

 Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) MFT Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3.5-year cumulative*)  
   Meridian State-wide 
 MFT Standard Written Examination  89%  64%
 MFT Written Clinical Vignette Examination  95%  86%

 *Licensing data has been released by the boards through 06/2015; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3.5-year cumulative: 2012, 2013, 2014, 01-06/2015. 
Reference: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/exams/news.html


Board of Psychology (BOP) Psychologist Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3-year cumulative*)
   Meridian State-wide 
 Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) 83% 68%
 California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE) 83% 72%

 *Licensing data has been released by the boards through 2015; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3-year cumulative: 2013, 2014, 2015
Reference: http://www.psychology.ca.gov/applicants/exams/statistics.shtml


Graduates from Meridian's Psychology program have gone on to careers in their desired fields as follows:

  • 90% of graduates work in a job related to the field.
  • 37% of graduates working in the field are licensed as Psychologists or MFT’s.
  • 50% of graduates working in the field are registered Psychological Assistants or MFT Interns, on their way to becoming licensed.
  • 13% of our graduates are working in a job or related field and are not pursuing licensure at this time.

Over the past 3 years (2012 - 2014), 100% of graduates who reported their employment status were employed within 6 months of graduation. Graduate employment statistics are collected through semi-annual alumni outreach.


Noted below are employment positions recognized as within the field for Psychology program graduates: 

  • Health Behavior Coordinator
  • Intake Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • MFT Intern
  • Licensed MFT
  • Psychologist
  • Life and Business Coach
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Executive Director
  • Psychological Assistant
  • Group Facilitator
  • Teacher
  • Trainee
  • Instructional Aid
  • Administrator
  • Organizational consultant
  • Child care supervisor
  • Group home coordinator
  • Employee trainer
  • Human resources manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Family services worker
  • Instructor at a community college
  • Research assistant/Researcher
  • Mental Health Director
  • Expressive Arts Facilitator & Guide
  • Management Consultant
  • Co-director of Non-profit
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • ALS Support Group Facilitator
  • Intensive In-School Therapist
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Social Cognition Specialist
  • SELPA Clinician
(Disclaimer: Meridian offers no guarantee of a position or employment during or upon graduation. The information provided above is accurate to the professions and/or work that our students and alumni are doing in the field.) 
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