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Ryokan College is an innovator in online learning and was one of the first colleges to offer degree programs comprised of live classes via the internet. Every class session is live, with each student participating using a camera and microphone, thereby making the experience feel very much like a real classroom environment. Classes are collaborative/interactive, which means that students and instructor converse to create an active and dynamic online classroom setting in real time. Classes are also synchronous, which requires students to attend class at a specific time according to their program schedule. Additionally, there is an asynchronous component to all programs, called the Message Board, a discussion forum that supports and enhances the classroom learning. Ryokan’s online programs are the closest replication of a real class room experience.

Ryokan’s online programs are NOT correspondence endeavors where the student receives downloads of information in a sterile model of academic learning. Online programs require active participation from class members and faculty.

In the Online program, faculty members are selected both for their expertise as practicing clinicians who enjoy teaching AND for their proficiency in working within the computer environment of the Internet.

Online Schedule For Students

Typically, the online schedule calls for students to attend online at the same time (synchronous) two nights a week in a chat room with classmates and instructor. During the week, students contribute responses or perspectives to the Discussion Board – a site of student and instructor assignment postings.

List Of Programs & Start Dates

An Undergraduate Program in Human Behavior that explores psychological subjects relevant to you and to the world. Designed to prepare students for graduate study in Psychology. The Human Behavior Program begins quarterly: during the first week of January, April and September. Please contact the College for exact dates.

In this 2-year psychotherapy training program, graduates fulfill the educational requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the State of California. The Master of Arts Program begins twice yearly: January and July.

This 3-year combination Master/Doctoral program maximizes your effort to become a licensed psychologist. In California, after 72 units (about 19 months), you can register as a psych assistant and begin earning internship hours —often a paid position. This combination program can cut a year of time and costs off your education. This Program begins twice yearly: January and July.

A Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Graduates fulfill the educational requirements for Licensure as a Psychologist in the State of California. This Program begins twice yearly: January and July.

Licensed Marriage Family Therapists use this program to expand their knowledge, increase the value of their services and earn the prestige of a doctoral degree. With an emphasis on Marriage Family Therapy, this program explores a higher level of skills and knowledge than found on a Master’s level. This Program begins twice yearly: January and July.

Certain courses are available to Post Graduate Professionals who need specific courses for licensing or CEU credit. Program and course content vary as do start dates. If you do not find the course listed in this material, please call for an updated schedule because the start dates for the assorted programs vary. 1 quarter unit equals 10 CEU units.

These seminars and training forums offer specialized subjects, and many satisfy CEU requirements for licensed professionals. Courses usually last 1-3 months with the class meeting online once per week. Most curriculum courses of the degree academic programs are also available for licensing requirements. Topics are always added so contact the school for the updated brochure and price list.

  • Advanced Human Sexuality
  • Attachment & Eating Disorders
  • Couples Counseling
  • Marketing Your Career
  • Narcissism and Shame
  • Online Professional Consultation Groups
  • Positive Psychology
  • Treating Sexual Disorders
  • Teen life Skills (For Teenagers)

The Doctoral Dissertation process is a straightforward Clinical Case Study and a Analytic Dissertation. It is not theoretical and is not a contentious process where a student defends a theory in front of a panel. The Clinical Case Study Dissertation reflects a process that practicing clinicians will use throughout their careers: presentation of a diagnosis supported by an extensive literary review and a treatment plan. The student must first present a proposal approved by the student’s chosen advisor and the Department Chair. The dissertation presents experience with a real client listing a minimum of 25 sources from approved scientific journals with a minimum of 55 pages of text excluding reference and tables (most dissertations take a minimum of one year of study and average 125 pages in length). Students may choose from an approved list of advisors who assist in topics, research and qualitative approvals.


71775.5 Pre-Enrollment Disclosure; Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students; Institutions with Existing Approvals to Operate.”
(a) An approved unaccredited institution enrolling a student in a degree program shall, prior to execution of an enrollment agreement, provide the student with the following notice, which shall be in at least 12-point type in the same font as the enrollment agreement:

“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 requirements:

  • 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, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

Ryokan College is currently seeking National or Regional Accreditation which is recognized by the United States Department of Education and fulfills the above stated requirements.

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"I chose Ryokan because it was convenient, flexible and affordable. I still work, have a family, take care of my aged mom, own a home, etc. The online classes work best for my busy lifestyle. Without their flexibility, I would not pursue this."

Bob Kennedy, MS, MFT (current doctoral student)

"I had attended two California State Universities and received a Master’s Degree from each before attending Ryokan College to acquire my doctorate in Clinical psychology. My second Master’s Degree was from California State University at Dominguez Hills—the program was completely online and there was virtually no difference in the quality of education I received from an accredited California state university and Ryokan college."

Dr. Jann Blackstone-Ford

"My experience at Ryokan from the initial interview through graduation was one of encouragement, motivation and compassion. I have referred others to Ryokan without hesitation knowing first hand that the school is always a part of my mind and I will always be grateful to Ryokan for giving me that chance."

Honey Pietruszka, Psy. D. PSY