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Counseling Degrees & Certificates

Expand Your Impact & Empower Others

Turn your drive to help others into a career dedicated to creating meaningful change. Capella’s online counseling degrees and certificates help you build the knowledge and skills to empower others.


Impact Your Clients—and Career

Counselors guide individuals, couples, and even groups as they solve problems and navigate challenges. As a graduate counseling student at Capella, you can focus on gaining knowledge in topics such as addiction, mental health, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Our faculty are experts in the field. Capella offers both master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling, as well as counseling certificates.


PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

Get ready to pursue positions in higher education and social and behavioral settings with a program that emphasizes research and interdisciplinary leadership theory.


PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision

 Develop your clinical, teaching, research, and leadership skills with online coursework, residencies, and field experiences in this advanced program for counselor educators. 


MS in Addiction Studies

Gain graduate-level, evidence-based counseling skills in the growing field of substance abuse treatment to help individuals and their families struggling with addiction.


MS in School Counseling

Gain the skills and knowledge to help K-12 students succeed in school, explore career options, and develop socially while addressing issues facing children and teens.


MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

Gain knowledge and develop clinical skills to assist individuals, couples, and families to resolve difficulties and strengthen relationships.


MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Empower your clients to overcome challenges as you gain advanced professional skills by applying counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice.


Counseling Certificates

Enhance your ability to connect with clients and earn a marketable skills and master’s-level credits as you improve your capacity to help others. 

Individual Courses

Move closer towards your goals, one course at a time. Take an individual Capella course in subject areas including counseling, psychology, nursing, business, and more.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Why Choose Capella?

Capella is one of the few online universities offering both CACREP- and COAMFTE-accredited counseling programs, scholar-practitioner faculty, and a competency-based approach to online learning.

Meeting the Highest Standards

Capella’s many accreditations and professional recognitions show our commitment to the highest standards in education.

Programs that Fit Your Life

Tackle coursework on your schedule with 24/7 online access to your courseroom anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The Right Support

Reach your goals with the help of our support teams—including those dedicated to licensure and fieldwork requirements.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Each member of our counseling faculty members has a doctoral degree and real-world counseling experience.

Focused on What You Need to Know

Our counseling degrees and certificates deliver the skills you need to help find meaningful outcomes for your clients.

“I’d never done online learning, never done research in an online library. Capella helped me every step of the way. I couldn’t have imagined what a difference this education could make.”

Leslie Sullivan*
Master’s in Mental Health Counseling
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

Counseling Career Insights

Tips on How to Become a Counselor

Interested in a career in counseling, but not sure how to approach it? Here’s what you need to know.

Capella Faculty Member to Lead American Counseling Association

As president of the American Counseling Association, Simone Lambert, PhD, hopes to advocate for the profession.

How to Start a Counseling Private Practice

Learn what’s involved in starting your own counseling private practice from experts at Capella University.

Ready for the Next Step?

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