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Create a Meaningful Impact in Psychology

Whether you want to start your own consulting business, advance your career into academia, build on your professional practice, or gain a better understanding of human development, you can find the right online doctoral degree in psychology at Capella. With flexible programs that fit your busy life, you may be able to take your career to the next level.

At Capella, you’ll refine your skills to build your professional credibility. Increase your depth of specialization and conduct research to help you build your experience and contribution through scholarly writing.

Professionally Aligned to Meet Your Goals

Target your studies in the area that fuels your passion. At Capella your education is competency-based and aligned with professional standards to ensure you’re gaining the skills and knowledge that are relevant to your goals. Our differentiated specializations allow you to choose an in-depth clinical, academic, or research focus.

Your Doctoral Journey

You’ve made the decision to pursue a doctoral degree and here’s how Capella University will help you to achieve your goal:

Writing a dissertation is an exciting challenge, and face-to-face residencies allow you to engage in an intensive, iterative process with faculty and peers to further develop your research plan.

You’ll receive expert support at every step to keep you moving forward, including:

  • A Mentor who has subject matter and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience to offer ongoing support through frequent, regular contact to help you complete your dissertation.
  • Dissertation advisor who specializes in problem solving at the dissertation stage, including questions about integrity, time management, and professional conduct.
  • Specialized personnel in disability services, the career center, or financial counseling are ready to provide support as needed.

Support to Help You Meet Every Challenge

Capella psychology programs are academically rigorous, but you’ll be prepared to reach your goals with the help of our responsive support teams-including those dedicated to licensure and fieldwork requirements.

Capella’s licensure team is up-to-date on the unique licensing requirements in all 50 states, and will support you through the license application process-during your program, after graduation, and throughout your career.

Thanks to a proprietary fieldwork-tracking platform you’ll be able to apply, track, and maintain your fieldwork-related records and provide documentation of your client work.

Which Degree is Right for You—A PsyD or PhD?

As you explore doctoral programs in psychology, you’ll want to consider the main differences between a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). Typically, if your focus is on research and administration, you’ll want to consider a PhD, which helps you learn to effectively plan and conduct research within the field and gain strong leadership skills. A PsyD degree program will prepare you for clinical practice as it focuses on assessing and treating clients.

Having the doctorate has really changed how people see me, particularly in my primary profession of law enforcement.

Jesse Collins,PhD in Psychology

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

Distinguished Faculty

Nearly all of Capella's faculty members from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences have a doctoral degree and many work as clinical, industrial, and organizational professionals.

Our instructors have real-world expertise and are proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have experience consulting in businesses with a focus on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.