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People are seeking care for mental illness in record numbers. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults experiences a form of mental illness in any given year. Take your desire to offer assistance and meet the rising demand for counseling professionals with Capella’s Master’s in Mental Health Counseling program. Our flexible online format helps you develop the confidence, professional counseling skills, and critical-thinking skills needed to empower clients to overcome their greatest challenges.

The Building Blocks of Your Master's Program

This CACREP-accredited online program offers accessibility and flexibility through a relevant, rigorous curriculum of coursework, residencies, and field experiences designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility. Our curriculum comprises online coursework that incorporates a credit-bearing residency and a practicum/internship that allow you to apply your knowledge directly through practical application.

Integrated therapeutic and educational coursework includes:

  • High-quality learning with an emphasis on applying counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice
  • A credit-bearing residency and required direct-client contact and supervision
  • Clinical programs designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility
  • Highly educated faculty, with real-world experience

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, residencies, and field experiences all fit together.

Degree Outcomes

With your Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Capella, you'll learn to apply mental health counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice. You'll also learn how to think and write critically in the mental health counseling discipline and professional practice. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online program in mental health counseling include behavioral disorder counselor, counselor, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor, therapist or vocational counselor. Potential workplaces and fields include mental health, educational institutions, private sector, health care, criminal justice/corrections or management/administration.