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Master’s Degrees in Counseling

Impact Your Clients—and Career

Cultivate the confidence, professional counseling skills, and critical-thinking you need to help clients overcome their greatest challenges in Capella’s online master’s counseling programs.


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.

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?

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

Meet the Highest Standards

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

Focused on What You Need to Know

Our master’s counseling programs are built around professional standards to help you prepare for state licensure eligibility.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

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.

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.

4 Fast-Growing Counseling Careers

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

6 Must-Knows When Preparing for Counseling Licensure

Licensure requirements can be complex. Find out how to prepare for the process.

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.