Clinical Counseling MS in Clinical Psychology

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Cultivate mental wellness in a clinical setting

Master the professional principles of counseling and clinical psychology. With the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Counseling specialization from Capella University, you’ll be prepared to help clients face and overcome anxiety, phobias, and other mental health challenges—and live better lives. This online program delivers a strong foundation in psychological research, theory, and practice, plus the practical experience and skills you’ll need to pursue future paths in the field with confidence.

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 5 Core courses 
  • 3 Specialization courses 
  • 2 Elective courses
  • 2 Residencies 
  • 1 Practicum
  • 1 Internship
  • 75 Total credits (20 max transfer)

Classes Start September 14th

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 SPRING)

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$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

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Accredited & recognized

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.

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Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course provides an overview of foundational counseling and psychotherapy theories and research-based practice. Throughout the course, learners examine various schools of therapeutic intervention; their underlying theoretical assumptions; and their historical, cultural, and ethical context, with an emphasis on the application of current theory in a variety of clinical populations.

5 quarter credits
Introduction to Psychopathology

In this course, learners examine the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various forms of psychopathology throughout the lifespan. Learners review the etiology of psychopathology; examine theories and research of psychopathology; and explore current methods of psychological interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Learners also discuss the politics of mental disorders, emerging diagnoses, and ethical and multicultural issues associated with psychopathology.

5 quarter credits
PSY-R6313 *
Clinical Interventions

This course includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners engage in preparatory online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience, during which they explore and practice foundational counseling skills, including establishing the therapeutic alliance, conducting clinical interviews, applying psychotherapeutic techniques, and providing feedback. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they study key professional competencies such as psychological assessment, multicultural responsiveness and diversity principles, and ethics in clinical work. For MS in Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY6090 or PSY6095 or PSY6310 or PSY8310.

5 quarter credits
PSY-R6230 *
Introduction to Psychological Testing

This course includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners engage in preparatory online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience, during which they focus on the common psychological instruments (e.g., psychological tests, checklists, and rating scales) used to assess intelligence, achievement, vocational interests, adaptive and neuropsychological functioning, addiction, and personality traits, and their uses in professional practice. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they study psychological testing instruments appropriate for their level of training and examine effective methods for making referrals to licensed psychologists. Ethical and cultural considerations of testing are embedded throughout the course.  For MS in Clinical Psychology learners only. Test kits are required and are available for loan at Prerequisite(s): PSY7610, PSY-R6313. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY-R7545 *
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

This course includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners engage in preparatory online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience, during which they analyze multicultural perspectives and factors such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender, and their influences on the ethical behavior of psychology professionals. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they evaluate and articulate multicultural issues within the context of different settings and practice applying ethical reasoning principles and standards within their profession. For MS in Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY-R6230.

5 quarter credits

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.


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


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.

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*

  • Academic advisor
  • Mental health therapist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Clinical manager
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Therapist
  • Mental health professional
  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Counselor
  • Full-time psychology faculty

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

*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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