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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.

The FlexPath option offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of earning your degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align your learning to the needs of employers and society. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under, FlexPath, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies. While resources will be recommended, you can use any materials and resources you choose, including textbooks, eBooks, simulations, videos, articles, and work experiences. This new competency-based format allows you to complete course work at your own pace throughout each quarter. Once you believe you have mastered the course concepts, you will complete activities to demonstrate specific competencies by the end of the quarter.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Psychology FlexPath

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Applies ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

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Apply theoretical and research findings from the discipline of psychology to professional and academic activities.

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Communicates psychological concepts effectively using the professional standards of the discipline.

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Determine the scientific merit of the professional literature of the discipline of psychology.

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Embrace, respect, and respond to individual differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.

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Determines the scientific merit of the professional literature.

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Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological profession.

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Apply appropriate understanding, respect, and response to individual differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q3 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

Master of Science (MS) in Psychology specializations

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Industrial / Organizational Psychology
  • Sport Psychology

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • State approval: The MS School Psychology specialization is approved by the Arizona Department of Education. The specialization and Specialist Certificate in School Psychology—in combination—are approved in Minnesota..
  • The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
  • 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.

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.

Career Preparation

MS in Psychology Graduates

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Career Preparation

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 74%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 74%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 67%

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 Q3 2017 — Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments

MS in Psychology Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 41%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 46%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 43%

Received a salary increase: 43%

Received a promotion: 47%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

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

MS in Psychology Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 76%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 84%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 78%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 — Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
MS in Psychology Graduates

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Skills & Abilities

Master of Science in Psychology Degree Program Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 95%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 98%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 98%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 98%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 95%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 98%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 98%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 95%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 98%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 98%

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 Q3 2017 — Q1 2018.

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. 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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"Things I learned at Capella are a huge advantage. I've found that I have a lot of depth in certain skills. So I think I add richness to the team."

Heather Jameson

2006 Graduate

School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Specialization in Clinical Psychology