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Master’s Degrees in Counseling

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


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 Masters Programs Online - Capella University

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.

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 human services master’s program, 96% agreed that their faculty were well-qualified and did a good job. Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey 2018.

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.

Meet the highest standards
Capella is one of the few online universities offering both CACREP- and COAMFTE-accredited degree programs in counseling.

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

Meet the highest standards

Capella is one of the few online universities offering both CACREP- and COAMFTE-accredited degree programs in counseling.

Counseling career insights

The First Thing to Look for in a Master's Counseling Program

Interested in a career in counseling? Here are four options to consider.

How to Choose a Career in the Helping Profession

You care about helping others, but how do you turn your passion into a career?

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

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

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.