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Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis

Candidates in the Psychoanalytic Training Program at LAISPS, as well as candidates and graduates of other psychoanalytic institutes accredited by the International Psychoanalytical Association, may earn a Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis by completing additional coursework and a dissertation. Both the Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis and the Certificate in Psychoanalysis are approved by the State of California Council for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education. Ph.D. candidates are required to complete courses in the Philosophy of Science and Research Methods either concurrently with or after graduating from a Psychoanalytic Training Program. Candidates are also required to complete a dissertation, which constitutes an original contribution to psychoanalytic knowledge, to become eligible for the Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis. Basic instruction in the theory and methods of psychoanalysis are provided along with training and experience in scholarly investigation and technique. The Ph.D. program is designed to produce well-rounded psychoanalysts who practice, teach, and apply psychoanalytic understanding and skills to the broad spectrum of human endeavor with a view toward making original research contributions to the theory and/or practice of psychoanalysis.