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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School of Counseling and Human Services


Total program credits needed for graduation: 90

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One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

22 Required Courses, 90 quarter credits

COUN5004 Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 quarter credits)
COUN5006 Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
COUN5106 Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 quarter credits)
COUN5107* Principles of Psychopathology and Diagnosis (4 quarter credits)
COUN5108* Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior (4 quarter credits)
COUN5217 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5223 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5225 Human Sexuality (4 quarter credits)
COUN5238 Crisis Assessment and Intervention (4 quarter credits)
COUN5239 Theories of Psychotherapy (4 quarter credits)
COUN5254 Child and Adolescent Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5271 Marriage and Family Systems (4 quarter credits)
COUN5279 Life Planning and Career Development (4 quarter credits)
COUN5830* Mental Health Counseling Approaches and Interventions (4 quarter credits)
COUN5832* Group Counseling and Applications in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN5336 Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 quarter credits)
COUN6965* Applied Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling (4 quarter credits)

All academic courses listed below include specific residency or clinical experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites and residency and clinical experience requirements to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

COUN-R5831* Advanced Mental Health Counseling Approaches and Interventions: Residency Track 1 (4 quarter credits)
COUN-R5833* Advanced Group Counseling and Clinical Applications in Mental Health Counseling: Residency Track 2 (4 quarter credits)
COUN6302* Mental Health Counseling Clinical Practicum (4 quarter credits) †
COUN6321* Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 1 (5 quarter credits) †
COUN6322* Mental Health Counseling Clinical Internship 2 (5 quarter credits) †

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

†This course includes required live web conferencing activities and/or learner audio/video recordings. Learners who require assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in these activities should contact Disability Services to request accommodations.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, 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. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two residencies (COUN-R5831 and COUN-R5833).

Online Masters in Mental Health Counseling Degree | Courses - Capella University

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 total practicum hours and 600 internship hours.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 20 credits into this specialization.

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