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Degree Programs That Help You Empower Others

You’ve decided you want to help others create meaningful and positive change, now make your passion a reality with an online degree program in counseling or human behavior.

Gain the theoretical knowledge and job-ready skills you need to impact your clients and your career. As one of the few online universities offering both CACREP- and COAMFTE-accredited degree programs in the counseling field, Capella University makes it possible to fit high quality education into your busy life.

Develop the Skills to Help Your Clients Succeed

Designed around professional standards, Capella’s counseling and human behavior programs help professionals build competencies and skills to succeed in their goal of making a difference in the lives of others.  With curriculum focused on real-world application, students gain the knowledge that they can use immediately within fieldwork and upon graduation to help clients overcome their challenges.

Capella: An Accredited University

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.


Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020.

The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808,

Streamlined to Save Time and Money

Capella counseling programs are targeted to deliver the skills you need to create meaningful outcomes for your clients. A number of our degrees include a credit-bearing residency, making them eligible for financial aid. Residencies allow a closer link between classroom theory and practical application and take you a step closer towards your professional goals.

The Right Programs for Your Goals

Capella University offers a broad range of Master’s and PhD degree programs in counseling to help you achieve your goals. Our doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs combine the practical experiences the profession demands with the flexibility you need. We continually review and adapt our programs to ensure you get more than an education—you get the skills and knowledge to help others.

Support to Help You Meet Every Challenge

Capella counseling programs are academically rigorous, but you’ll be prepared to reach your goals with the help of our responsive support teams—including those dedicated to licensure and fieldwork requirements.

Capella’s licensure team is up-to-date on the unique licensing requirements in all 50 states, and will support you through the license application process – during your program, after graduation, and throughout your career.

Thanks to Capella’s high quality fieldwork management system, you’ll be able to apply, track, and maintain your fieldwork-related records and provide documentation of your client work.

Distinguished Faculty

All of Capella's faculty in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences counseling department have a doctoral degree and many work as licensed practitioners, school psychologists, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, registered play therapy supervisors and psychologists.

Our instructors have expertise in child and adolescent development, and family and geriatric issues. They are also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have experience consulting with privately held businesses with a focus on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.

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