Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a private, non-profit higher education
Higher education
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 institution based in San Diego, California
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. It offers programs in six California cities (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
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, Irvine
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, Sacramento
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 and Fresno
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) and four locations outside the United States
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 (Mexico City
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, Tokyo
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, Hong Kong
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 and Singapore
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). Its enrollment is approximately 5,200 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). 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
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, England, Kenya
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, 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 (see USIU-Africa website:

Alumni of USIU include actor Jamie Foxx
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, British television and stage actor John Barrowman
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, television producer Jack Gulick  and Dante (comedian)
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USIU Athletics

USIU once had an athletics program which was a member of NCAA Division I. Sports sponsored included basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. There was also a football
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 program that produced a late-round draft pick by a National Football League
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 team, but it was eventually discontinued. At one time, USIU also had the only Division I ice hockey
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 program west of the Rocky Mountains
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In January 1991, USIU basketball player Kevin Bradshaw
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 set the NCAA Division I record for most points scored in a game with 72. USIU lost the game to Loyola Marymount
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 186-140. The 186 points remains a Division I record for most points ever scored in a single game.

Due to continued expenses and a growing focus on post-graduate education, USIU ended its basketball program just before the merger. The baseball and hockey programs had already been abolished by this time. The remaining programs were shut down in 2007.

Component schools

Alliant International University is composed of several academic schools:
  • California School of Professional Psychology
  • Marshall Goldsmith School of Management
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  • Hufstedler School of Education
  • Alliant Undergraduate Education
  • California School of Forensic Studies
  • San Francisco Law School
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The Marshall Goldsmith School of Management (MGSM)

The Marshall Goldsmith School of Management
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, named for one of the world’s leading organizational consultants and executive coaches (Marshall Goldsmith
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), offers degrees in Business, International Business, Organizational Psychology, Consulting Psychology and International Relations. MGSM was ranked 3rd in the Best Business Schools Rankings Finance (Princeton Review 2008) and has also been ranked among the Top 20 Leadership Development Programs in the country by Leadership Excellence Magazine (Leadership Excellence Magazine 2010).

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.

The Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education

The Shirley M. 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.

The 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
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 became a constituent school of Alliant International University in 2010.


Alliant, including all of its programs, is accredited by the WASC
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Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. 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.


  • in Los Angeles, California at 34°04′51"N 118°09′06"W
  • in Fresno, California at 36°46′03"N 119°43′20"W
  • in San Francisco, California at 37°48′28"N 122°24′34"W
  • in San Diego, California at 32°53′51"N 117°05′35"W
  • in Tokyo


Alliant has been recognized by Hispanic Outlook Magazine as among the top 10 institutions awarding doctorate degrees to Hispanic students. Diverse magazine reports that in 2006 and 2007 Alliant awarded more doctoral degrees in psychology to minority students than any other U.S. university.

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