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Clinical Counseling Specialization Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Prepare for Work in Real-World Clinical Settings

You’re passionate about helping others in a clinical setting. With a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Counseling, you can make a greater impact on patients’ lives. At the same time you need an online program that’s respected, prepares you for real-world challenges, and is flexible enough to fit your busy lifestyle. At Capella University we offer a master’s in clinical counseling that’s flexible, affordable, and will help prepare you to pursue future paths.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 5 Core Courses 
  • 3 Specialization Courses 
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • 3 Residencies 
  • 2 Practica
  • 75 Total Credits (20 Max Transfer)

Classes Start January 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

Clinical Counseling Program Highlights

Prepare for Real-World Clinical Settings

Your face-to-face residencies complement online learning so you can gain practical experience to prepare you for client and patient interactions.

Gain the Skills to Succeed

Develop psychotherapy skills such as cognitive-behavior therapy and clinical intervention to help others develop healthier and more effective coping skills.

Find a Direct Path to Your Doctorate

Program coursework provides foundational competencies of the field while also meeting many prerequisites for Capella PhD and PsyD programs to prepare you for advanced training and study.

Prepare for Licensure

Licensure experts are available to help support you and offer guidance during your licensure process.

Expertly Designed

Professionally aligned curriculum is designed around the trends and standards of the field to help prepare you for practice.

Employment of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 20% from 2014 to 2024.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career opportunities, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, or other career outcome.

Meet Our Psychology Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Bethany Lohr, PhD

Faculty Chair, Clinical Psychology

Julie Baumberger, EdD

Core Faculty

Rebecca Rodriguez, PhD

Core Faculty

Get the Support You Need for Success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$26,675$36,375* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$485 per credit, 75 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Clinical Counseling Sample Courses

In a Capella online master’s in clinical psychology program, you’ll learn foundational theories and techniques in the field. Our curriculum will also help prepare you for further graduate work toward a PhD or PsyD.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course# Course title
PSY6095 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY6210 Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY-R6313 Clinical Interventions/Psychology MS Residential Colloquium Track 1
PSY-R6230 Into to Psych Testing/Psychology MS Residential Colloquium Track 2
PSY-R7545 Ethic/Multicultural/Psychology MS Residential Colloquium Track 3

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Residency

Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision. 

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

What You’ll Learn

In our master’s in clinical counseling specialization, you’ll gain the skills to: 

  • Critically analyze research.
  • Demonstrate scholarly communication standards.
  • Apply ethical principles.

  • Put theory into practice.
  • Master multicultural competencies.

See more of what you’ll learn »

Clinical Counseling Career Insights

What is Clinical Counseling?

A look at the clinical counseling profession, licensing requirements, and a career in the field.

Exploring 3 Growing Fields in Psychology

Here are three psychology fields to consider.

Clinical Counseling Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master’s in clinical psychology.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychology technician
  • Master’s level practitioner
  • Employee assistance program specialist
  • Researcher
  • Psychometrist
  • Clinical research coordinator/manager
  • Administrator/director
  • Case manager
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Counselor
  • University
  • Intake
  • Community

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community counseling center
  • Mental health clinic
  • Private practice
  • Social service agency
  • Correctional facility
  • Military
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Religious organization
  • Hospital—inpatient or outpatient
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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