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PsyD Degrees

Advance Your Career with an Online Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Capella University's online Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs prepare you to assume a leadership role in the field of psychology. Whether it's through online coursework, graduate teaching opportunities, or practicum and internship field experiences, our PsyD programs offer not only the knowledge but also the insight you'll need to provide psychological assessment, intervention, consultation, supervision, evaluation, research and planning, ethics, and intervention and prevention strategies.

You'll understand issues of complex diversity and be able to administer effective and appropriate counsel as well as integrate science and theory into your position.

PsyD Degree Programs

Clinical Psychology

With your PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Capella, you'll possess the attitudes, behaviors, and foundational knowledge required to practice in the field. You'll engage in comprehensive clinical training, based on the theoretical and scientific foundations of psychology, including psychological assessment and intervention. This degree program also provides eligibility to apply for clinical licensure in many states.

Learn more about earning an online PsyD in Clinical Psychology.

School Psychology

Capella University's online PsyD in School Psychology program advances your ability to deploy strategic counseling that positively impacts young people. Aligned with national curriculum standards for school psychology, this rigorous program is the first and only school psychology PsyD program offered online.

Learn more about earning an online PsyD in School Psychology.

Why Choose Capella

Capella University is an accredited online university dedicated to providing an exceptional, professionally-aligned education. Our degree programs are designed to meet standards established by professional associations and accrediting bodies — so you gain skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to your career goals.

As a Capella student, you'll benefit from a competency-based curriculum that combines foundational theory with real-world application and through our online campus, as you work with experienced faculty and your classmates in highly interactive course rooms.


Capella graduate alumni from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences experienced a 62% % increase in compensation in the 5 years following graduation.

CareerBuilder alumni outcomes analysis, 2013

Apply Your PsyD in the Field

Fieldwork, including internships and practica, are included to give you professional on-site instruction and experience under the close direction of your site supervisor and Capella faculty instructor. You will commit to part-time or full-time practice delivering services through direct contact hours while completing online practicum and internship courses. As you complete your fieldwork, you will be continually evaluated and given appropriate learning experiences to ensure that core theories and skills are well understood and effectively put into practice.

Fieldwork settings may include, but are not limited to:

  • Social service organizations (e.g., alcohol and drug treatment facilities, community mental health centers, foster care agencies)
  • Schools
  • Private practice settings of an approved supervisor
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Non-profit agencies (e.g., homeless shelters, literacy programs, rape and abuse crisis centers)

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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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. Alumni of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorizes, and teaching professionals.

In addition to being nationally accredited, key programs in Capella's Professional Education Unit (PEU) have received national recognition by a Specialized Professional Association, indicating they have met the high standards of that association.