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I feel like this master’s program led me to living my life with a purpose.

Synthia Smith,MS in Mental Health Counseling

Master's Programs That Make a Difference

Make a positive difference with a program designed around professional standards. Capella’s counseling and human behavior programs help you build skills to help others. With curriculum focused on real-world application, you’ll gain knowledge designed to be used immediately.

Regardless of your area of focus, you can develop the confidence, professional counseling skills, and critical-thinking capacity to empower your clients and help them overcome their greatest challenges.

Professionally Aligned to Ensure Strong Outcomes

Capella counseling programs are aligned with professional standards, competency-based to deliver immediately applicable skills and knowledge, and targeted to deliver the skills you need to create meaningful outcomes for your clients.


Gain skills to help clients overcome addiction.


Prepare to help K-12 students meet personal, academic, and social challenges.


Empower clients to overcome their mental health challenges.


Guide individuals, couples, and families to strengthen relationships.


Gain expertise in human behavior and leadership.

A Direct and Affordable Path

Capella counseling programs are targeted to deliver the skills you need to create meaningful outcomes for your clients. A number of our degrees include a credit-bearing residency, making them eligible for financial aid. Residencies allow a closer link between classroom theory and practical application and take you a step closer towards your professional goals.

At Capella, you may be able to reach your goals faster and more affordably thanks to time- and money-saving opportunities, including:


Why is Accreditation Important?

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808,

Capella currently offers four CACREP-accredited programs: PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, and MS in School Counseling.

Accreditation assures you that Capella meets or exceeds quality standards for faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. It ensures your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations and other institutions of higher education.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

Distinguished Faculty

Capella's counseling faculty members have doctoral degrees, and many work as licensed practitioners. They have expertise in child and adolescent development, and family and geriatric issues. They are also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and consult with privately held businesses, focusing on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.

Honor Societies

  • Chi Sigma Iota: Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International
  • Delta Kappa: The International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society

Keep Moving Forward with Individual Courses

Earn additional credits toward licensure, grow your knowledge of a specific topic through continuing education, or expand your professional options with an individual counseling course from Capella. You may be able to transfer the credits from a single course at Capella to your full-time school in order to help fulfill certain industry requirements.

The Right Support When You Need It

Capella counseling programs are academically rigorous, but you’ll have the help of our responsive support teams—academic advisors, faculty advisors and those dedicated to licensure and fieldwork requirements.

Capella’s licensure team is up-to-date on the unique licensing requirements in all 50 states, and will support you through the license application process – during your program, after graduation, and throughout your career.

Thanks to Capella’s high quality fieldwork management system, you’ll be able to apply, track, and maintain your fieldwork-related records and provide documentation of your client work.