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General Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

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. 

What to Expect

  • 100% Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project 

Classes Start October 9th

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

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.

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

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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, 50 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, whenever your schedule allows.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per quarter, 25 total program points, 8 max transfer points

Get the Details

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

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about learning outcomes and gainful employment  with a Master of Science in Psychology.

*Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. 

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

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Discover Military Benefits »

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

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 & 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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY7411 Learning Theories in Psychology
PSY7421 Cognitive/Affective Psychology
PSY7520 Social Psychology
PSY7543 Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology

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 distinguished faculty holds 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.  

Advisors

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

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Understanding the Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Psychology

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

Read the blog post »

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.

Read the blog post »

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.

Read the blog post »

Move Forward in Your Career

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
  • Social services worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Academic advisor
  • Employee assistance program specialist
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Child protective services specialist
  • Employment specialist
  • Intake counselor
  • Care coordinator
  • Research coordinator/manager

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K–12 public/private school
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community counseling center
  • Social service agency
  • Hospital
  • Law enforcement
  • Mental health clinic
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Residential care facility
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Market research firm
  • Human resource department

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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