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MS Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy General Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online general marriage and family counseling/therapy degree often pursue marriage counselor positions within institutional, community, and private practice settings.

Potential Employment Settings

Child welfare/children's services

  • Adoption agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social service
  • Early intervention program
  • Family preservation agency
  • Group home
  • Residential facility
  • Therapeutic school/camp

Educational institutions

  • Community college
  • Head start center
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Public/private school

Health care

  • Clinic
  • Employee assistance program
  • Group home
  • Health maintenance organization
  • Hospice program
  • Hospital
  • Inpatient facility
  • Nursing home

Mental health

  • Community mental health center
  • Employee assistance program
  • Family service agency
  • Managed mental health program
  • Mental health agency
  • Partial (day treatment) hospital
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center

Private sector

  • Church
  • Consulting
  • Group practice
  • Private practice

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Behavioral disorder counselor
  • Counselor
  • Educational counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist
  • Vocational counselor

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report satisfaction with responsibilities and career growth potential. About 40% of graduates are employed in government/public sector or mental health industries. An additional third are employed in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, or social/community service settings.

Career growth potential 52% Promotional opportunities 47% Salary and benefits 45% Tasks and responsibilites 73%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied".
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Approximately half the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report advancing in their careers or receiving salary increases. They also say assumed a leadership role or changed careers.

Advanced in career or profession 35% Successfully changed careers 22% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 4% Assumed a leadership role 24% Received a promotion 19% Received a salary increase 32% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 25% Received award 5% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 7% Conducted a research project 7% Served as a professional consultant 13%

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 2011 – Q2 2012.