Doctoral Degrees in Counseling

Lead others in counseling

Whether you want to lead in clinical, academic, or research settings, you can make an even bigger difference with a flexible online counseling or human behavior doctoral program from Capella.


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 Counselor Education and Supervision

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

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

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?

Prepare to confidently step into a variety of teaching, research, or leadership opportunities with a counseling or human behavior doctoral program focused on building the knowledge, tools, and confidence to guide and inspire others.

Meet the highest standards

Capella’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program is CACREP-accredited.

Support to reach the finish line

Support from faculty, research methodologists, and advisors helps you stay on track toward completing your degree.

Focus on what you need to know

Our programs are competency-based, helping to ensure your education is aligned with the standards of the counseling profession. 

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Each member of our experienced counseling faculty has a doctoral degree and is actively engaged in the field.

Blended format

Our model of online coursework and in-person experiences provides a high-quality and easily accessible education.

The CES program at Capella was perfect for me! As a working mom, I needed a program that was flexible. At the same time, I didn’t want to sacrifice quality. Capella allowed me to complete my PhD in a high-quality program with supportive faculty in a way that fit with my hectic life.

Karen Decker*
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

*Actual Capella learner who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella

Relevant blog posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Counseling Honor Societies: Valuable Recognition of Excellence

Honor society membership recognizes excellence—often academic excellence—in a variety of ways. It’s designed to be more than just an honor.

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Social Work

An overview of similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities in these related fields.

Ready for the next step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.