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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

Make a difference with skills you build in Capella’s counseling and human behavior programs. Our curriculum, designed around professional standards, focuses on knowledge you can use immediately to help clients overcome their challenges.


Gain skills to help clients overcome addiction.


Prepare to help K-12 students meet personal, academic, and social challenges.


Gain expertise in human behavior and leadership.


Empower clients to overcome their mental health challenges.


Guide individuals, couples, and families to strengthen relationships.


Prepare for leadership roles in clinical, academic, or research settings.


Pursue advanced educational, consultative, or leadership roles in human behavior.

Why Accreditation is Important

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six 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,

“There are two primary benefits from graduating from a program that holds specialized accreditation. First, programs that hold specialized accreditations have met stringent standards that attest to the program’s quality. Therefore, graduating from a CACREP- and/or COAMFTE-accredited program lets future employers, colleagues, and the public know that the education attained meets the standards established by these specialized accrediting bodies.

Second, specialized accreditations in programs that lead to professional state license (such as CACREP and COAMFTE) are often included in the language of individual state statutes, and many states’ licensing agencies/boards specifically mention specialized program accreditation as meeting their education requirements for state licensing.” — Anna Hultquist, Dean of Counseling/Human Behavior Programs in Capella’s Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

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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A Direct and Affordable Path

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.