California Coast University Reviews - Psychology

4.29 out of 5 stars
(9 Reviews)
  • Santa Ana (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500 - $4,725
86% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 9 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Stephen Strunk - 11/2/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 1997
"I attended Christopher Newport University (BA), Old Dominion University (MS), and Virginia Commonwealth University (post-graduate Counseling Certificate). California Coast University is where I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology. I found the degree to be challenging and rewarding. It also opened many employment opportunities and gave me a solid education at the graduate level. CCU is accredited and a great deal for someone who is trying to finish graduate work while being employed full-time."
5.0 out of 5 stars
MA - 6/21/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Overall great school, staff and faculty always available to help out. Very understanding programs for those who work full time and are looking to get more schooling under their belt. They understand that when you work 40+ hours a week and are a parent the flexibility that they offer is so important."
5.0 out of 5 stars
LD - 8/22/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2023
"I am currently enrolled in the Ed.D program and can highly recommend it. Communication, infrastructure and administration are efficient and the staff are approachable. I usually get email responses immediately. Essay feedback has so far been quite thorough. If you're looking for a program that is business-like and straightforward, this has to be the most affordable, accessible, accredited professional doctorate out there. No mind-games or jargon. A particularly good choice for mature, returning or international students, as well as anyone seeking professional or personal development through education. California Coast University is a good school."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Vaughn - 8/14/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I had an overall great experience at California Coast. I get that there are places that might not readily accept CCU credits while there are many more that will.The whole national versus regional accreditation seems to depend on where you live. My state licensing board had no problem with my credits from CCU. The acceptance for DEAC seems to be growing as online education becomes more commonplace. My education at CCU overall was excellent. The choice of texts were top notch.. My other graduate degree is from Johns Hopkins and I worked equally hard for both degrees. I liked the consistent course format of four unit exams with essays and one final for each course. It worked well for me. I loved the self paced format. I despise the weekly online post requirements of schools like APUS (where I took some courses for a state license requirement), that seem to serve no useful purpose other than to check a meaningless box and suck up a lot of time. I write so much for my job that I would rather take have taken exams that have had to write novels for school. My only real complaint about the coursework at CCU is that there was no personal feedback on the unit essays. The essays were graded according to a rubric, but there never were any comments that might have helped me do a better job. At some point I decided to put more effort into exam prep and minimal effort into the essays which worked out fine. My MS in Psychology from CCU allowed me to make a later in life career change without taking a big hit in pay. It paid for itself almost immediately. Isn't that what it is all about? The staff is friendly and helpful. For someone like me who has blocks of time available at some times during the year and then not at other times the self paced format is ideal. I wasn't offered any kind of financial aid help or scholarship information. As far as I can ascertain there isn't any kind of financial help. While the payments are low and interest free, it is a bit of a lost leader. You cannot pay $125. or $150. a month (the typical payment plans offered) and pay off your program obligation by the time you finish your degree. At some point you have to come up with a chunk of cash. It is very nice that you can keep taking classes without having to come up with the money to pay for each class as you are ready to take them."
2.0 out of 5 stars
bosco28 - 12/17/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2009
"Before enrolling at CCU I verified that they were an accredited institution. However, after graduating and trying to apply to accelerated BSN programs, I learned that NO ONE accepts transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. I had to retake all of the courses needed for my program, that I paid a lot of money for at CCU, again through a regionally accredited institution. If CCU is your final degree then you might be fine, but if you plan on continuing your education ensure that the school that you are applying for accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited schools."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Cali - 11/24/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I studied at a bricks and mortar university for two years prior to attending Cal Coast. First of all, correspondence school is just as hard, if not more so. You need to stay 100% motivated on your own to complete this. Pluses - work at your own pace, learn more then you would at a traditional university, enormous sense of pride in completion, great value for money. No negatives regarding the staff, the wonderful librarian or the quality of the education. If you are truly committed to being self taught through correspondence this will be a great experience. Part time - expect it to take twice as long if you have minimal time for one or two classes a quarter..."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Master of science psychology + practicum got State counseling certification - 6/22/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2007
"I received my master of science in psychology from California Coast University in 2007 a partner that degree with a practicum from ncu. That practicum along with my Master's Degree along with specials of studies and CEUs in addiction studies allowed me to test for and Achieve certification as a master's-level substance abuse counselor in Missouri with reciprocity to all 50 states the degree has given me stability in my career for the rest of my life. I studied hard learned a tremendous amount and was able to take that knowledge in my experience and turn it into state certification to practice as a substance abuse counselor. I am also qualified to pursue a doctorate in Psychology and I'm making a decision on where to pursue that now. I highly recommend California Coast University and their Graduate Studies for your consideration as a professional in this fast-paced changing economy."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Nicholas W. Chiarito - 12/14/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"Due to my schedule, California Coast University was the only way I was able to complete my degree. I am currently working in the field of mental health and couldn't be happier with the education I received and being able to do it at my own pace was paramount to my being able to succeed. Thanks to all of the people at the institution I am now where I needed to be all along."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/9/2013
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 1992
"I am indebted for the excellent guidance and advise of both my Field Advisor and the late-Dr. H., Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences during the years it took to complete my doctorate program in psychologyat CCU. The additional course work they recommended, and additional courses attended at the University of Washington, was an important complement to the balance needed to lay a solid foundation related to the field of psychology, beyond the Master's degree earned at the University of New Mexico. By attending CCU to earn my doctorate degree I was able to help raise my children and be with them during their formative years, while working full time at a research institute, without causing undue financial hardship to my family."
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