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Clinical Counseling Specialization Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Let People in Need Know You’re There for Them

It feels good knowing the work you do matters. Whether you want to become a licensed practitioner at the master’s level, or you want to continue working toward your PhD or PsyD, our master’s in clinical counseling program can help you. You’ll gain a solid understanding of clinical assessment, counseling interventions, psychological testing, research methods, and ethics and diversity.

Online courses, in-person residencies, and supervised clinical experience all can give you a fundamental understanding of psychology while enabling you to apply your knowledge in real-world situations. 

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 5 Core Courses 
  • 3 Specialization Courses 
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • 3 Residencies 
  • 2 Practica

Classes Start October 8th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Analyze Research with a Critical Eye

Gain the knowledge needed to analyze research related to counseling and clinical psychology.

Put Your Knowledge to Work

Apply theory and research findings into practice of our Professional Disciplines of Counseling and Clinical Psychology.

Uphold Professional Ethics

Apply ethical principles related to practice in academics, research, clinical competencies, and the practice of counseling.

Understand & Embrace Diversity

Master multicultural competencies in scholarly work, and counseling and clinical applications.  

Communicate Professionally

Communicate in scholarly writing, verbally, and with the use of any technologies according to professional standards.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Real-World Application

Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learning to the work you do every day.

A Direct Path to Your Doctorate

This program’s coursework meets many of the prerequisites for PhD and PsyD programs; simplifying your path to doctoral study.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

All of our core faculty members hold doctorates and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practices to students.

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
$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. 

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. This program is built upon core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility. Specialization content is designed to teach clinical intervention and psychotherapy skills for those interested in licensure at the master's level or further doctoral study.  

Convenient and Flexible Learning. Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

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

Sample Courses

Our online Master’s in clinical counseling program is designed to socialize you into the profession and prepare you for further graduate work toward a PhD or PsyD. You’ll also be exposed to foundational scientific theories and practices used in clinical psychology.

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 helps 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.

Dedicated Support

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

Practicum / Internship

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

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

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.


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

Relevant Blog Posts

Understanding the Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Psychology

Learn how licensure, education methods, and workplaces differ in clinical vs. non-clinical psychology.

What Is Clinical Counseling?

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

3 Fast-Growing Fields in Psychology

Learn more about I/O Psychology, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

Move Forward in Your Career

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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