Capella University Reviews - Clinical Psychology Masters
Review of Clinical Psychology Masters Degrees
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.