Master of Science in Psychology Program

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Open doors to new career options

Gain a deeper understanding of human behavior to have a greater impact in helping others. Our flexible online Master of Science in Psychology prepares you to transfer that understanding into real situations. Focus your study to specialize as a researcher, or prepare for doctoral-level study. Mold your interests into a career that feeds your soul. Your passion can spill over into your work when you choose to pursue one of our six master’s in psychology specializations.

Program specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

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Why choose Capella?

Streamlined professional curriculum

Aligned with professional standards, our curriculum is designed to help you efficiently and affordably build the right skills to succeed in your field.

Online Education. Two Ways.

Each of us has unique preferences for the way we learn. That’s why we offer two online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath—to give you options. Both provide 100% competency-based learning. Not sure which learning path to choose? Our Path Finder Quiz can help you decide.

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With FlexPath, you can earn your master’s in psychology in 12 months and under $11,500.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Satisfied alumni

91% of psychology alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Understanding the Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Psychology

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

10 Career Options for Master’s in Psychology Graduates

Psychology is more than one-on-one therapy. Explore 10 other career options for master’s in psychology graduates.

Beyond Clinical Psychology: 4 Careers with an MS Degree

A master’s in psychology can take you beyond counseling. Explore jobs in business, government, and education.

Other programs to explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.


MS in Clinical Psychology

Deepen your knowledge of human behavior through the scientific study of mental disorders, standardized assessments, and exposure to the theories of psychotherapy.  


Master of Social Work

Gain advanced leadership skills and prepare to step into a general or clinical practice (in most states) in a management or supervisory role offering social work services.


MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Empower your clients to overcome challenges as you gain advanced professional skills by applying counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice.

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