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Clinical Psychology Specialization Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Helping You Help Others

Pursue the highest level of your psychology education. Capella’s online Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program prepares you for state licensure eligibility as a clinical psychologist. This PsyD program is designed to provide you with comprehensive clinical training, preparing you to provide services in psychotherapy, psychological testing, mental health counseling, research, and teaching in higher education. 

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Practicum / Internship
  • 9 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses

Classes Start April 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 (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Expand Your Knowledge

Develop the attitudes, behaviors, and foundational knowledge required for the practice of psychology.

Adhere to Ethics

Act consistently with the ethics and laws pertaining to professional psychology.

Respect Diversity

Understand, respect, and apply issues of diversity in the practice of psychology. 

Apply Intervention Strategies

Provide effective and appropriate psychological intervention to clients.

Administer Psychological Testing

Accurately select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

Implement Theory

Integrate science and theory into the practice of psychology.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant, Real-World Learning

Our competency-based, practitioner-oriented program provides opportunities for hands-on clinical training to put theory to practice.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines. 

License Preparation Through Alignment with National Standards 

Reach for your goals with a doctorate in psychology that’s designed to prepare you for licensure as a psychologist. Our program, developed around APA* guidelines, the national standard for licensure in this field, is designed to prepare you for licensure eligibility as a clinical psychologist. 

*This program is not accredited by the APA.

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
$530 per credit, 145 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.

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

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. 

Traditional Values in Doctoral Education with Contemporary Technology Delivery 

Blended coursework, face-to-face residencies, clinical practicum, internship, and research, combine traditional doctoral education with the latest in online learning technology. 

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

Capella's PsyD in Clinical Psychology combines online coursework with face-to-face residencies, comprehensive clinical training and examinations, in-person fieldwork, and a dissertation. 

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree. 

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY8220 Advanced Psychopathology
PSY8240 Advanced Psychological Testing
PSY8310 Theories of Psychotherapy
PSY8316 Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology
PSY8371 Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.


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

Practicum / Internship

Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision. 

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

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.  


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

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

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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Understanding the Differences Between Clinical & Non-Clinical Psychology

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

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, & Social Work

An overview of similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities in these related fields.   

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PsyD in clinical psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical manager
  • Adjunct instructor or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Clinical director
  • Research psychologist
  • Clinical therapist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital—inpatient or outpatient
  • Community college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community counseling center
  • Social service agency
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care clinic
  • Mental health clinic
  • Consulting firm
  • Private practice

*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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