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Applied Research
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

The MS in Clinical Psychology, Applied Research specialization helps you establish critical expertise to help you pursue advanced career paths in the field of clinical psychology. The coursework fuses theory, research, and practice to help you develop a highly functional skill set for a diverse range of professional settings. Your coursework is led by scholar-practitioners who emphasize real-world application of psychological theories, psychological assessment, psychopathology, research methods, and ethical principles. It can also prepare you for advanced doctoral study in the field of clinical psychology.

Relevant & applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to apply new and valuable skills to the work you do every day.

A direct path to your doctorate

This coursework meets many of the prerequisites for PhD and PsyD programs, simplifying your path to doctoral study.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in academic theory and applied practice from experienced faculty members who are actively engaged in their professions.

Classes start July 11

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core courses
  • 6 Specialization courses

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Clinical Psychology degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MS in clinical psychology, applied research specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Research psychologist
  • Research associate
  • Research scientist
  • Research investigator
  • Research manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Mental health clinic
  • Correctional facility
  • Health care system
  • Hospital — inpatient or outpatient
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Military
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • 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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How Does Clinical Psychology Differ from Non-Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology involves working directly with human subjects and requires licensure. Learn more about key differences.

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