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Sex Therapy Specialization Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Help People Experiencing Sexual Difficulties

Help individuals overcome underlying issues that are presented as sexual difficulties. Capella’s master's in clinical psychology, sex therapy degree gives you the tools to provide assistance to those experiencing sexual difficulties. The coursework is rooted in clinical psychology covering a wide range of issues. With your prior counseling or therapy experience, you’ll gain the foundation for certification as a sex therapist as recommended by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, while also preparing you for graduate work at the doctoral level. 

At a Glance

  • Online and In-Person
  • 5 Core Courses
  • 6 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Residencies

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

What You’ll Learn

Lead Ethically

Learn to lead in the field of sex therapy applying ethical standards and scholarship. 

Use Research-Based Techniques

Apply best practices based on research and standards of care to treat sex therapy concerns.

Practice with Standards

Engage in practice consistent with the ethical standards of professional organizations and relevant codes.

Honor Diversity

Use best practices to address cultural differences, honor diversity in sexual expression, and recognize personal biases.

Communicate Professionally

Communicate in scholarly writing, verbally, and through technologies using the professional standards of the discipline.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

Our coursework is designed around standards set by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Competency-Based Learning

You’ll learn how to immediately apply real-world skills learned in the courseroom to the work you do every day.

Direct Path to Doctoral Study

This program meets many of the prerequisites for PhD and PsyD programs, setting you on a direct path to doctoral study.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from doctoral, licensed practitioners who are actively engaged in their profession.

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, 55 total quarter credits, 15 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. 

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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty. 

Learn more about the residency »


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 sex therapy master's degree curriculum builds on clinical counseling foundations, and expands training to include coursework in human sexuality and sex therapy.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7340 Human Sexuality
PSY7341 Introduction to Sex Therapy
PSY7210 Lifespan Development
PSY-R6313 Clinical Interventions
PSY-R6230 Introduction to Psychological Testing

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.  


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


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.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MS in Clinical Psychology, Sex Therapy degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Consultant
  • Instructor
  • Researcher
  • Sex therapist/counselor
  • Sexual health educator

Related Employment settings to explore

  • Community college
  • Community/social service organization
  • Faith/religious organization
  • Health care system
  • Hospital—inpatient or outpatient
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Mental health clinic
  • Nonprofit organization
  • P-12 public/private schools
  • P-12 private schools
  • Private/group practice
  • Research institute

*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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