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United States International University

Alliant International University
File:Alliant Seal.jpg
Established California School of Professional Psychology 1969
United States International University 1952
Join date 2001
Type Private, Non-Profit
President Geoffrey M. Cox
Provost Russ Newman
Students 3,871
Undergraduates 421
Postgraduates 3,450
Campuses in San Francisco: Haight St.,CA, U.S.

Alliant International University is a private, non-profit higher education institution based in San Diego, California. The university is also known synonymously as Alliant. It offers programs in six California campuses (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, Sacramento and Fresno) and three international campuses in (Mexico City, Tokyo,and Hong Kong ). Its enrollment is approximately 4000 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, Kenya, 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.


Alliant International University is composed of several academic schools:

Alliant School of Management

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 Bachelors Completion, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business, Management, International Relations and Leadership. Diverse Magazine recognizes Alliant as a 2011 "Top Producer of Minority Degrees". Alliant is ranked #8 in awarding Doctoral Degrees in Business, Management, Marketing and related support services to minorities.

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

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 and Marital and Family Therapy.

Hufstedler School of Education

The Hufstedler School of Education, named for the first US Secretary of Education, offers programs in Teaching, School Psychology, Educational Leadership and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

California School of Forensic Studies

The California School of Forensic Studies offers programs in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. The Presidio Graduate School, which offers MBA, MPA and Executive programs in sustainable management, is affiliated with Alliant International University.

San Francisco Law School

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.[3] The university's education programs are accredited by the State of California Board of Education. Credential programs offered by the Alliant School of Education are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 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.[4]


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