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Clinical Psychology Specialization Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science


Capella University’s online Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program helps prepare you for licensure eligibility as a clinical psychologist in select states. You’ll receive comprehensive clinical training based on the theoretical and scientific foundations of psychology, including psychological assessment and intervention.

This program is designed for you to enroll with either a master’s or bachelor’s degree. Regardless of the level at which you enter the program, you’ll have a high-quality, rigorous learning experience, setting you up for success and helping you reach your goal of becoming a licensed clinical practitioner.

The Building Blocks of Your PsyD

Your PsyD in Clinical Psychology program combines online coursework with face-to-face residencies, practicum, internship, and a dissertation, and is designed to prepare graduates for eligibility to apply for clinical psychologist licensure in select states.

The curriculum provides both online coursework and face-to-face residencies that focus on ethics, multicultural perspectives, supervision, clinical interviewing skills, cognitive and personality assessment, diagnosis and psychopathology, psychotherapy theory and treatment, and psychological report writing. Courses will also give students a chance to engage in traditional clinical training experiences and complete a clinically relevant research project.

Degree Outcomes

With your PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Capella, you'll possess the attitudes, behaviors, and foundational knowledge required for the practice of psychology. You will administer guidance and insight consistent with the ethics and laws pertaining to professional psychology. You'll also understand, respect, and apply issues of diversity. Additionally, you'll be able to provide effective and appropriate psychological intervention to clients while integrating science and theory into your practice.

Related Job Titles to Explore

Job titles to explore with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology include: clinical psychologist, psychologist, clinical director, research psychologist, and clinical therapist. Potential workplaces include: hospital, community college, land-based or online college or university, social service agency, government, and private practice.

Detailed Program Information

Classes Start April 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. 

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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 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
$525 per credit, 0 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. 

10% Military Discount

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

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

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

Sample Courses

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

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 holds 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 resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

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