Alliant International University

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Alliant International University
Alliant Seal.jpg
Type Private benefit corporation
Established California School of Professional Psychology 1969
United States International University 1952
Join date 2001
President Andy Vaughn
Provost Tracy Heller
Students 3,871
Undergraduates 421
Postgraduates 3,450
Campuses in Fresno, CA, U.S.
Irvine, CA, U.S.
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Mexico City, Mexico
Sacramento, CA, U.S.
San Diego, CA, U.S.
San Francisco: Beach St., CA U.S.
San Francisco: Haight St.,CA, U.S.
Tokyo, Japan

Alliant International University is a private, benefit corporation higher education institution based in San Diego, California. The university is also known synonymously as Alliant. It offers programs in six California campuses—in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, Sacramento, and Fresno—and three international campuses—in Mexico City, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan; and Hong Kong. Its enrollment is approximately 4,000 students, of whom 95% are post-graduate.


Alliant was formed in 2001 by the combination of two older institutions: the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and United States International University (USIU).[1] Like the institutions that it descended from, Alliant has its home campus in San Diego, California.

USIU is the descendant of the original Balboa School of Law founded by Leland Ghent Stanford as a private graduate institution in 1924. The name was changed to Balboa University, and then to California Western University in 1952. Once again, in 1968, the school's name was changed to United States International University. The law school, however, retained the name of California Western School of Law.

In the early 1980s, USIU held a broadcast license to operate KUSI, a startup UHF television station television in San Diego. But for unknown reasons, USIU decided not to launch the channel. The license was transferred to Texas businessman Mike McKinnon and it began as a commercial station in 1982. KUSI still exists as an independent station. USIU developed a network of campuses throughout the world at locations such as Guam, England, Nairobi, Kenya, and Mexico City. The Mexico City campus remains part of the Alliant International University system; however, shortly after the merger with CSPP, the Kenya campus became its own independent entity known as United States International University Africa.

In February 2015, Alliant became a for-profit benefit corporation and part of the Arist Education System.[2]


Alliant International University is composed of several academic schools:

Alliant School of Management[edit]

In 2011, Alliant International University renamed their management school to Alliant School of Management. Formerly the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, named for one of the world’s leading organizational consultants and executive coaches (Marshall Goldsmith), the School of Management now offers a four-year BSBA program, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business, Management, and Leadership.[4]

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)[edit]

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 under the auspices of the California Psychological Association. CSPP was the first free-standing school of professional psychology in the nation, and remains the largest non-profit professional psychology school in the nation. CSPP offers programs in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Counseling, and Marital and Family Therapy.

Hufstedler School of Education[edit]

The Hufstedler School of Education, named for the first U.S. Secretary of Education, offers programs in teaching, school psychology, educational leadership, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

California School of Forensic Studies[edit]

The California School of Forensic Studies offers programs in criminology and criminal justice.

San Francisco Law School[edit]

San Francisco Law School became a constituent school of Alliant International University in 2010.


Alliant, including all of its programs, is accredited by the WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.[5] The university's education programs are accredited by the California State Board of Education. Credential programs offered by the Alliant School of Education are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.[citation needed] Clinical psychology programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association. Alliant's Marital and Family Therapy programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]



Alliant has been recognized for its service to military students. It is included in GI Jobs Magazine's 2013 list of "Military-Friendly Schools", the third year in a row the university has been included in this listing. It was also included on the Military Times EDGE (MTE) magazine Best for Vets: Colleges 2011 list in 2010 and 2011; in 2011, Alliant was ranked #10 on the list, making it the highest-ranked non-traditional university in California.[11]


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