Master’s Degrees in Counseling & Therapy

Help others with compassion and empathy

Learn and apply the skills to respond effectively to people’s call for help. A Capella online master’s in a counseling or therapy degree program can set you up to help clients make positive changes.

Turn your desire to help others into your mission

Develop your professional counseling, therapy and critical thinking skills. Our master’s in counseling or therapy programs combine the opportunity to apply theory to real-world situations, with flexible online coursework. You’ll learn from faculty experienced in the field, and who discover ways to keep a finger on the pulse of the needs of diverse populations.


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 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.

The Capella difference

With curriculum focused on real-world application, Capella master’s in counseling programs help you learn—and apply—practical skills to offer support to families, groups, schools, and communities.

Focused on what you need to know
Our master’s in counseling programs are built around professional standards to help you prepare for state licensure eligibility.

Scholar-practitioner faculty
Among alumni of the counseling and therapy master’s programs, 95% agreed that their faculty were well qualified and did a good job.*
*Alumni Outcomes Survey 2021-2022.

A direct and affordable path
Explore time- and money-saving opportunities like 10% military discounts, scholarships, and credit transfers.

Take an individual course
Earn credits for licensure, or grow your knowledge on a specific topic with an individual counseling course.

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

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

Counseling career insights

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Online Master’s in Counseling: Virtual + Hands-On Preparation

Find out how students combine coursework and field experience in an online counseling program.

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