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Applied Research Specialization Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Keep Building Advanced Skills

Capella’s online master’s in clinical psychology, applied research degree can prepare you to pursue a PhD or Clinical PsyD. Not only will you be ready to engage in academic or research positions, you’ll also be prepared to move on to doctoral study in the field.

Through coursework that builds research and practice-oriented skills and knowledge, you’ll enhance your understanding of the profession. Your courses will be led by scholar-practitioners who emphasize application of psychological theories, psychological assessment, psychopathology, research methods, and ethical principles.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses
  • 6 Specialization Courses

Classes Start January 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.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Be a Research Expert

Learn methods to analyze research related to clinical psychology.

Be an Ethical Leader

Apply ethical principles related to practice in academics, research, and practice of clinical psychology.

Honor Diversity

Evaluate the importance of diversity through mastery of multicultural understanding in scholarly work.

Meet Standards of Practice

Apply theory and research findings into standards of practice for the professional discipline of clinical psychology.

Communicate Effectively

Use scholarly writing and technologies to communicate using the professional standards of the discipline.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant & Applicable

Our competency-based learning model allows you to immediately apply valuable skills 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 our faculty members hold doctorates and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practices to students. 

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned  

This program is built upon core foundational psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility. Specialization content is designed for those interested in engaging in academic or research positions, or in pursuing further doctoral study.

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
$20,570$28,165*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$485 per credit, 55 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Get the Details

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

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 

10% Military Discount

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

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Convenient, 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

The master’s in clinical psychology, applied research curriculum focuses on research, theories, measurements, psychopathology, human development, ethics, and diversity, as well as skills needed for academic or research practice, or for doctoral-level study.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY6095 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSY6210 Introduction to Psychopathology
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY7310 Biological Basis of Behavior
PSY7540 Multicultural Perspective in Human Behavior

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.

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.

Faculty

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

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master’s in clinical psychology, applied research degree. 

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community college
  • Correctional facility
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care system
  • Hospital—inpatient or outpatient
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Mental health clinic
  • Military
  • Nonprofit organization

*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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