PhD Program



Candidates at ICP can earn a PsyD or a PhD. To earn a PhD, you need to complete all the same requirements expected of the PsyD candidates (32 units of psychoanalytic courses, 3 control cases, and personal analysis), and also take 5 units of specific required research courses. Additionally, you need to complete a dissertation, making a scholarly and original contribution to the field of psychoanalysis.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at or (510) 748-9001.

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree
programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following

 Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United
States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one
degree program.

 Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1,
2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, the following will happen:

 The institution must stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and

 Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall
have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.


For more information, please contact ICP Administration who will direct you to the dissertation chair.



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