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General Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Help others and advance your career

When people or organizations can’t resolve an issue or change a behavior on their own, they look to others for guidance. You can be ready to give them the help they need with our online master’s in general psychology program. You’ll learn psychological principles, theories, critical thinking skills, and research methodologies. Plus, gain deeper understanding of how psychology relates to business, policy, and professional practice.

This degree program focuses on expanding your knowledge of human behavior, and enhancing your critical thinking skills, which can open the door for a variety of rewarding careers. 

At a Glance

  • 100% online
  • Flexpath available
  • 4 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 1 Integrative project

Classes Start January 13th

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 Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Evaluate research

Use relevant and credible literature to enhance and support your work.

Apply your knowledge

Apply understanding of human behavior from the discipline of psychology to help individuals and organizations develop. 

Uphold your ethics & standards

Enhance your view on the world, by building knowledge applied through ethics and standards of psychology.

Harness the power of diversity

Learn to apply understanding of human behavior across diverse audiences.

Make concepts approachable

Develop real-world techniques to bring psychological concepts to individuals and organizations.

MS in Psychology program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Learn from scholar-practitioners

Our faculty is made up of leading scholar-practitioners who bring the latest theories, practices, and experiences to the courserooms. 

Real-world application

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

An extra flexible schedule

Thanks to FlexPath, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace; potentially saving you time and money. 

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

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
$17,325$24,750* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$495 per credit, 50 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$11,200$19,600* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,800 per 12-week billing session, 25 total program points, 8 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

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. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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.

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. This program is built upon core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility. It’s designed to help develop basic interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a deeper knowledge of human behavior. 

Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Access your engaging, online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines. 

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

Master's in Psychology sample courses

The curriculum of our online Master's in General Psychology program focuses on the core psychological principles, including human behavior, interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, and ethical principles and standards.

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PSY7210
Lifespan Development

In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of lifespan development from infancy through adulthood, including human development processes and milestones. Learners evaluate theories and approaches for examining human development and analyze human development processes related to their specialization.

5 quarter credits
PSY7411
Learning Theories in Psychology

This course focuses on the concepts and principles of learning theory and its sub-processes, especially those associated with cognition. Learners evaluate and articulate major learning theories, practice applying these learning theories and their associated processes to teaching, and analyze the effects of various behavioral and cognitive sub-processes on learning.

5 quarter credits
PSY7421
Cognitive/Affective Psychology

Learners in this course apply their knowledge of theoretical foundations and the basic principles and models of cognitive/affective psychology to mental processes, such as how individuals acquire, process, and store information; how they think, perceive, remember, and learn; and how they experience feelings, moods, and emotions. Learners also demonstrate the ways in which the integration of cognition and affect influence an individual’s behavior.

5 quarter credits
PSY7520
Social Psychology

This course provides an overview of how behavior is shaped and influenced within a social context. Within this framework, learners analyze interpersonal relationships, social cognition, social inference, emotion, and personality. Learners review and demonstrate their knowledge of the social psychology of decision making, attitude formation, and social attribution as they relate to contemporary issues. Learners also apply social psychological theory and research to various clinical, educational, and organizational settings.

5 quarter credits
PSY7543 *
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology

In this course, learners analyze multicultural perspectives and factors such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender, and their influences on the ethical behavior of psychology professionals. Learners evaluate and articulate multicultural issues within the context of different settings and practice applying ethical reasoning principles and standards within their profession. Prerequisite(s): PSY5002 or PSY5005 or PSY8002.

5 quarter credits

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.

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

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.

Advisors

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

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Psychology career insights

Understanding the Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Psychology

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

Beyond Clinical Psychology: 4 Careers with an MS Degree

A master’s in psychology can take you beyond counseling. Explore jobs in business, government, and education.

Which Psychology Career Path Is Best for Me?

A visual guide to help you find a career in psychology that fits your personal and professional ambitions.

Psychology career insights

Here are just some of the career options you could explore through our online Master's in General Psychology program.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Case manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Mental health professional
  • Adjunct or part-time instructor of psychology
  • Social services coordinator
  • Psychologist
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Human resources manager
  • Mental health counselor
  • Research associate
  • Employment specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Individual and family services
  • Outpatient care center
  • Insurance carrier
  • Hospital
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Health practitioner's office

*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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