Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Begin your career in clinical psychology.

Begin your socialization to this field through a practitioner-scholar curriculum that emphasizes application of psychological theories, psychological assessment, psychopathology, research methods, and ethical principles. Successful graduates of this degree program are prepared to apply psychological and ethical principles in academic, research, or clinical practice, or to pursue doctoral level graduate study.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology specializations

  • Clinical Counseling1
  • Forensic Psychology1
  • Sex Therapy1
  • Applied Research1

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The Sex Therapy specialization is designed to provide graduates with prior counseling or therapy experience the education foundation for certification as recommended by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapist (AASECT).
  • The Clinical Psychology specialization is designed around American Counseling Association's Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Determine the scientific merit of the professional literature.
  2. Apply theoretical and research findings from the discipline of psychology to professional and academic activities.
  3. Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.
  4. Embrace, respect, and respond to individual differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.
  5. Communicate psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline.

1Check state licensure requirements. The license to practice as a professional psychologist or counselor is regulated independently in each state or province. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check the program requirements in the state or province in which they hope to practice. This program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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