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Total program credits needed for graduation: 70

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5970, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

PSY5002 OR PSY5005
Orientation to Graduate Learning in Psychology † (5 quarter credits)
Tests and Measurements (5 quarter credits)
Inferential Statistics* (5 quarter credits)
Research Methods* (5 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

35 course quarter credits.

Counseling Theories (5 quarter credits)
Group Counseling* (5 quarter credits)
Counseling Skills and Procedures* (5 quarter credits)
Introduction to Psychopathology (5 quarter credits)
Introduction to Psychological Testing* (5 quarter credits)
Lifespan Development (5 quarter credits)
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology* (5 quarter credits)

Integrative Project

Taken during learner's final quarter.

Integrative Project for Master's Degree in Psychology* (5 quarter credits)

Two Elective Courses

10 course quarter credits. Recommended elective courses:

Child and Adolescent Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Biological Basis of Behavior (5 quarter credits)
Career Counseling Theory (5 quarter credits)
Introduction to Theories of Psychotherapy (5 quarter credits)
Principles of Family Psychology* (5 quarter credits)
Family Systems Theories (5 quarter credits)
Couples Within Family Psychology (5 quarter credits)

For learners interested in gaining practicum experience, the following two-course sequence is available. Both courses must be taken to complete the practicum experience:

Master's Practicum 1* (5 quarter credits)
Master's Practicum 2* (5 quarter credits)


Choose any graduate courses, excluding introductory and special topics courses, lectures, seminars, practica, internships, and any Capella-designated first course.†

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

+Learners who may need additional support developing graduate-level academic and professional writing skills are placed in PSY5005.

†Courses without a PSY designation may be worth fewer than five quarter credits. Learners must carefully plan their elective courses to ensure that total credit requirements for the degree are met. Special topics courses in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

Check 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 certificate is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete three, six-day residential colloquia (PSY-R6181, PSY-R6182, PSY-R6183).

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 600 total practicum hours.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 15 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5970, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.