Master of Science in Psychology

Advance your career in mental health.

Our practitioner-scholar approach is designed to teach you to apply theoretical and research knowledge to the practice of psychology. Your program begins with foundation courses from faculty who are also seasoned professionals in the field. Some specializations include residency and clinical experiences, where you can apply what you've learned.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for the School Psychology specialization and for all other psychology specializations combined. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course – the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.


2014-2015 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in Psychology

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Applies ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.
Applies theoretical and research findings from the discipline of psychology to professional and academic activities.
Communicates psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline.
Determines the scientific merit of the professional literature.
Embraces, respects, and responds to individual differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q2 2014 – Q1 2015 capstone courses



Master of Science (MS) in Psychology specializations

  • Applied Behavior Analysis2
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • General Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • Sport Psychology

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited Capella's Professional Education Unit, which is made up of 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment.NCATE-accredited programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Graduates of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorities, and teaching professionals.
  • The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®: Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis; Techniques in Applied Behavior Analysis; Applied Behavior Analysis Research and Application; Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism; Ethics for Applied Behavior Analysis; Issues in Assessment, Intervention Support, and Related Systems. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

1Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School's website (Washington state learners are advised to go to: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information).

2Check state licensure requirements. The license to practice as a professional psychologist or counselor is regulated independently in each state or province. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check the program requirements in the state or province in which they hope to practice. This program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Psychology degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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