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MS - Applied Research

Capella University's Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research offers students the chance to explore both psychology studies as well as modern practices used in psychological research. Learn more about the program and the potential post-graduate academic and professional opportunities in the field here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students to Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research should be interested in gaining an understanding of research methods for both quantitative and qualitative practices and should be interested in pursuing a career in research. All applicants to Capella graduate programs must have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research is designed to refine students' research skills through practice-oriented coursework so that students have the chance to gain real-world experience in research while earning their degree; it also helps prepare students to move on to doctoral studies in the field of clinical psychology. The program is built upon core foundational psychology pedagogy in order to ensure its credibility and validity across the discipline. The coursework is multidisciplinary, covering both psychology topics such as lifespan development as well as research topics such as quantitative design. Classes are led by scholar-practitioners and emphasize the intersection between research and the application of psychological theories, assessment, and ethical principles. Likewise, students also have the chance to strengthen their abilities to communicate such findings through scholarly writing and technologies used within the discipline.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

55 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research Program:

Students are required to complete 55 credits which come from 5 core MS in Clinical Psychology courses and 6 Applied Research specialization courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Foundations of Theory and Practice for Master's Psychology Learners
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Survey of Research Methods

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior
  • Quantitative Design and Analysis
  • Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice

Post Graduate Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Students that earn their MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research may have refined their understanding of quantitative and qualitative measurements as well as the written communication skills needed to continue on a path towards completing doctoral studies in the field. Furthered programs at Capella University that students might be eligible for include:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • PsyD in Psychology
  • DPA - Doctor of Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Business Management

Career Paths:

Students from Capella's MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Research may have gained the foundational knowledge of human development and the skills needed to conduct research and communicate findings across academia or for private institutions in order to pursue a career in the field. Positions that graduates may consider applying for include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Research psychologist
  • Research scientist
  • Instructor
  • Research manager

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