Capella University Reviews - Master's in Clinical Psychology
Great school, professors, curriculum, and really came out of this program ready for my internship. I recommend this college to anyone pursuing a Psychology degree while being a working professional! I have made some of the greatest friends and colleagues throughout this program. It is like anything in life it has its challenges, and it is going to take lots of work. It gets challenging when you have to start finding your location in your state to do internship. They will work with you and give you helps to aid in this endeavor. Still you have a lot of competition with other schools in your home state that already has their students reaching out to the same facilities for internship opportunities. I had to drive two and half hours from my home in Myrtle Beach to Columbia South Carolina for six months each week. Luckily I had family that gave me a place to stay. The mental health facilities and private practices seem to be more prevalent in city areas than in rural areas. It took me half a year to find a location as well as hearing 29 no's before getting the yes for the private practice in Columbia, South Carolina. It ended up being one of the best and largest practices in South Carolina so with consistency and tenacity you can and will find the right internship location. They where always helpful from advising, financial aid, and professors where always accessible. The online portal is very sleek and easy to navigate. There are three residencies in this program that are part of classes which will be in your class schedule which is already reenrolled so that you can plan accordingly. The resedencies are all throughout the United States at different locations and they are among the funnest weeks where you learn a lot, challenges in exercises, and get to meet some wonderful lifetime friends!
When I came to Capella I knew that I wanted to pursue psychology. I quickly learned that I wanted to pursue neuropsychology after a class I took and Neuroscience. You have to know or have an idea of what it is you want to do in through that passion will evolve or as you will be dependent on the drive to get you through school. You have to find that balance between work family and school if you put the time into it you will get more out of it. I am a mother of five, a children's author, and treated my schooling as a career. I will say this when you attend residencies you may feel that you don't know enough you may feel that it's too hard but believe in yourself because your instructors do and so are the class that you surround yourself with and there is something called fishbowl and I tell you from experience continue anxiety and go in there and when you do the mock roleplay talk to someone as you would talk to them and a therapy session show empathy and show them that you know what you've learned and the biggest thing in Psychology that we can give a client is insight and if you have that and you apply that you will be off to a great start.
Whether you are pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree, Capella University offers many programs to achieve your goals. The university employs instructors who provide quality education and a desire to see students succeed. Academic advisors work with students to help reach their goals and are always available to answer questions and concerns. Overall, Capella makes distance learning a great experience; especially for those who are new to online learning.
I am currently enrolled in the MS in Clinical Psychology at Capella University. I am glad I chose Capella and feel confident in my studies. Everyone at Capella has helped me grow as a student and professional. When I graduated with my undergraduate, I knew I wanted to further my studies and I looked at many online programs/schools. I found Capella to be the best fit for me and my family. The professors at Capella are awesome to work with and very helpful. I have learned so much already and I look forward to furthering my education with my Doctorate.
I love Capella! I am learning so much and meaning so many great people.. Residency is very important and if it were not for my instructors for my residencies, i would be completely lost!! Thank you Capella! Come on 2017!! Im ready to graduate!! C/O 2017
As a hybrid program, the master's in clinical psychology was mostly online, with residential colloquia occurring for three "tracks", or week-long events. I learned a great deal in my studies, and my concerns over a mostly-online degree program have been laid to rest. I will be beginning my practicum/internship soon, to fulfill my degree requirements. Excellent, professional staff.
My experience was awful! I got sick the week of a final. I explained in detail to the "professor" my situation. I didn't turn in final on the date because I was sick, but I had it completed to be turned in. The "professor" for the class gave me an incomplete grade which hindered me from registration for another semester. I had NO response back from her. I contacted my academic advisor about my situation and concerns, and then she attempts to reach out to the professor; she too received no response back. Therefore, I missed the opportunity to enroll in future courses because of the incomplete grade. My academic advisor suggested that I write a complain on the "professor," but instead I decided to withdraw from the program. I was not going to continue to pay for a program that had was quick to take my money, but not precise on hiring caring,professional individuals. I wish I would have listened to the review I read before going to this program.
Currently working on Masters in organizational psychology. Program has engaging online platform with lots of scholarly resources and library. They also offer writing courses and personal review of written materials which is very helpful to students. the interaction on the discussion boards helps everyone learn from other students. The degree programs are focused and specific to meet the needs of ones chose field of interest.
I started Capella directly after graduation from Ashford University with honors. I was told by the advisor this was the best school for psychology and they have the only school that can allow you to actually can sit for the boards. (not true).
I had high expectations and was fully prepared to be very busy with my school work. To my surprise there is NO structure to the online system. They allow each instructor to set the course anyway they see fit. You have to be on their time zone for assignments, which is just impossible to adhere to. If you live in another time zone you have to basically wear to watches and keep up with your life in two time zones. I never had to do this at Ashford and I do not have to do this in my current school.
They also have these writing labs that are included in the classes that you are required to attend, which is no problem however they rarely functioned properly, the instructors would change the meetings or not show up, and they were on the schedule of the instructor's time zone so it could be 4am or 10 pm for me at times. And I felt the writing labs were just remedial at most. If a student is in graduate school they should not be taking remedial writing classes on APA format !!! It was so boring I could barely take it.
The outlines in the classes were so vague I could not really understand what I was supposed to be doing and would have to ask the instructors what they were supposed to be. I think I am a pretty intelligent person but felt really stupid because I could not make any sense of the assignment. I was so frustrated during the time I was enrolled with this school that I developed stress related high blood pressure. It has since went away and I am back to normal.
I would dare to say at some point this school could develop a better system for the online distance learner but for my time at Capella I was never brought to believe that was ever going to happen. The school feels like they are doing it all right. However I have many emails with other students that were also having the same problems I was having with the outlines and assignments.
This school lacks structure and leadership.
I would definitely NOT recommend this school if you need to be spoon-fed your education! This type of schooling is not for the unmotivated student. If you're looking for a degree mill, this is not it! My education at Capella helped me greatly . . . It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with others in my field and learn from them through the process of posting assignments and providing peer feedback. I had one instructor who was less than responsive but student services assisted in the process of bringing that professor back into line. The curriculum is challenging and you will not make it through if you aren't self-directed, self-motivated, and selfish with your time. It requires a huge commitment of time and energy and other areas of your life will suffer . . . If you aren't prepared for that, don't start. You will not get the grade just for attending.
I thought student services were great. They helped me to develop a practicum that would further my career . . . And it did! But I was in the lead. If you aren't prepared to drive the process, this is NOT the school for you. I did not avail myself of any "job placement" services as my practicum site offered me employment upon graduating.
Bonus . . . Some life-long professional relationships and some life-long friendships.
Not for everyone, but it was right for me and I am the better person for having the Capella Experience.