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Psychology Pre-Counseling Bachelor of Science in Psychology Pre-Counseling

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Build the Skills to Help Others

Fuel your passion for helping others while also setting the stage for graduate-level work with the online bachelor’s in psychology, pre-counseling from Capella University. In this program you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare you to pursue a wide range of professions. With three graduate-level courses built into the program, you can make progress toward your master’s degree in counseling from Capella during your undergraduate studies. You’ll also be able to choose a focus to start building skills in the areas that most interest you.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 10-13 General Education Courses
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 3 Master's Level Courses
  • 11-12 Elective Courses
  • 180 Total Credits (135 Max Transfer)

Select a Concentration That Fits Your Goals

This program offers you a chance to concentrate on a specific area in the field of counseling. Choose one of these concentrations.

Marriage & Family Counseling

Discover the knowledge needed to differentiate roles and practices in counseling, and apply theory and skills to behavioral health topics for diverse populations.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Explore foundational psychotherapeutic theories and evidence-based practice for culturally diverse populations.

School Counseling

Learn to assess cases and design ethically sound interventions for culturally diverse populations of children and adolescents in school settings.

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

Bachelor’s in Psychology, Pre-Counseling Program Highlights

Make Progress Toward a Master’s Degree

Build a foundation of psychology skills while choosing from three leading areas to prepare you for future studies in the field of counseling.

Save up to $6,369 and six to nine months on your degree with Capella's BS Psychology, Pre-Counseling program.

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn credit for knowledge you’ve gained through professional experiences, training, and industry certifications with our Prior Learning Assessment.

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Low-Cost General-Ed Courses

Sophia Learning, Capella’s learning partner, offers low-cost, self-paced general-education courses designed to be completed in 60 days for $329 per course.

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Expertly Designed

Professionally aligned curriculum that is designed around APA guidelines to ensure you’re learning the latest theories and practices.

Study With Scholar-Practitioners

Learn with faculty who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

15% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Accredited & Respected

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

BS in Psychology, Pre-Counseling Sample Courses

Capella’s online bachelor’s in psychology, pre-counseling curriculum focuses on psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and current trends. It also provides master’s-level courses that can prepare you for graduate work in counseling.

Course Number Course Title
PSYC2320 Intro to Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSYC2900 Intro to Psychology of Personality
PSYC3110 Abnormal Psychology
COUN5004 Survey Research in Human Development for Professional Counseling
COUN5336 Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations

What You’ll Learn

By learning to apply psychological theory and concepts to individual, organizational, and social issues, our BS in Psychology, Pre-Counseling can help you build skills as a psychology professional.

  • Apply psychological theory and concepts.
  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse populations.

  • Integrate your knowledge with your desire to help others.
  • Understand psychological approaches.
  • Obtain graduate-level counseling knowledge.

See more of what you’ll learn »

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Perspectives in Psychology

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Social Work

An overview of the similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities among counseling, clinical psychology, and social work.

What Can You Do with a Bachelor's in Psychology?

A BS in Psychology can help prepare graduates for jobs in business, nonprofits, government, and more.

Diving into Psychology Research as an Undergraduate

Capella offers BS in Psychology students a unique opportunity to develop creativity and analytical skills through research projects.

Pre-Counseling Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online bachelor's in psychology pre-counseling degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Human resources manager
  • Mental health technician
  • Case manager
  • Human resources generalist
  • Mental health specialist
  • Residential counselor
  • Academic advisor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Individual and family services
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Insurance carrier
  • Nursing care facility

*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.

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