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Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Expand your counseling knowledge and skills in the areas of substance-related disorders and addictive behaviors in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization. You’ll explore developmental and multicultural considerations and ethical and legal issues associated with providing treatment or interventions for diverse populations.

You’ll also complete two foundational addiction courses and choose two out of three other courses specific to work with addiction and recovery.

As part of the 90-credit CACREP-accredited* program, this specialization is designed to help prepare students to pursue professional licensure as a clinical mental health counselor.**

*Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in Clinical Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2028.
**This specialization is not designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure in the addictions field. Capella University cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure, endorsement, other professional credentials or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. State licensing boards review each applicant’s completed education, exam scores, supervised experience, criminal history and application materials at the time of license application to determine eligibility. For more information, see the professional licensure disclosures for this program on
Capella’s website.


Real-world learning

Enhance your skills with residencypracticum and internship experiences that integrate your knowledge with practice.

Focused curriculum

Our curriculum is aligned with accreditation and professional standards and is designed to help serve today’s contemporary societal issues facing individuals, groups and families.

Expert faculty

Our counseling faculty are highly qualified educators whose robust clinical and professional experiences enrich the learning environment and course room experience.

Classes start June 3

Apply today with no application fee.

At a glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & in person
  • 13 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Resdencies
  • 1 Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • CACREP accredited

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2,500 Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Addiction Treatment and Recovery specialization.

Job titles to explore

  • Counselor
  • Peer support specialist

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.