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Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

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

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5902, 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

45 course quarter credits.

PSY8002
Foundations of Theory and Practice for Doctoral Psychology Learners (5 quarter credits)
PSY7110
History and Systems of Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7210
Lifespan Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY7411
Learning Theories in Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7543
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7615
Data Analysis with IBM SPSS (5 quarter credits)
PSY7625
Advanced Inferential Statistics** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7635
Advanced Qualitative Analysis ** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7658
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology** (5 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

40 course quarter credits.

PSY8405
Practical Psychopharmacology in Addiction Treatment** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8415
Substance-Use Program Design** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8420
Multicultural Issues in Addiction* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8430
Issues and Trends in Addiction-Related Treatments (5 quarter credits)
PSY8445
Addiction Research* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8465
Addiction Programs for Complex Cases** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8475
Systems Approaches to Addiction Prevention and Treatment (5 quarter credits)
PSY8485
Behaviors with Addictive Features (5 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required course work:

PSY9919
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination* (5 quarter credits)

Learners must register for PSY9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

PSY9960
Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits each)

Two Elective Courses

10 course quarter credits.

Recommended elective courses:

PSY7626
Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7660
Survey Construction and Administration** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8330
Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (5 quarter credits)
PSY8750
Managing Psychological Services (5 quarter credits)
PSY8763
Program Evaluation* (5 quarter credits)

OR

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

Additional Prerequisite Courses

Learners who enroll in this Specialization without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements may be required to complete the following courses:

PSY6210
Introduction to Psychopathology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7310
Biological Basis of Behavior (5 quarter credits)
PSY7330
Psychopharmacology* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7620
Inferential Statistics (5 quarter credits)
PSY7630
Qualitative Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7650
Research Methods* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8410
Substance-Related Therapies* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8460
Dual Diagnosis* (5 quarter credits)

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

**This course has a prerequisite that is not listed as a required course, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this Specialization. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

†It is recommended that learners without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements use their elective courses to satisfy any two additional prerequisites.

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 must complete three four-day colloquia (PSY-R8921, PSY-R8922, PSY-R8923).

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.

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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 50 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.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Program Evaluation and Measurement
  • Psychology Teaching and Instruction
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Consultation Psychology

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5902, 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.