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

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Go Further Toward Your Goals in Psychology

Make the most of your undergraduate psychology program and set the stage for graduate work with Capella’s online bachelor’s in psychology pre-counseling program. Build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in psychology that are valued in a wide range of professions while also preparing to earn your accredited master’s degree in counseling from Capella.

Three graduate-level courses are built into this pre-counseling bachelor’s degree and can be applied toward an accredited master’s in counseling program at Capella—saving you up to $6,369 and six to nine months on your degree with Capella’s BS Psychology Pre-Counseling program.

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.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 10-13 General Education Courses
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 3 Master's Level Courses
  • 11-12 Elective Courses


This concentration provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate foundational counseling knowledge with a focus on marriage and family counseling/therapy. You will discover the knowledge needed to differentiate roles and practices in counseling and apply theory and skills to behavioral health topics for diverse populations. As part of your coursework, you’ll develop and demonstrate an understanding of systemic psychotherapeutic theories and assess individual, couple, and family cases through evidence-based practice. Students who successfully complete this concentration will be prepared to pursue a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy degree, other counseling- or psychology-related degrees, or entry-level careers in the field of psychology.


In this concentration, you’ll build the foundational skills to demonstrate counseling knowledge with a focus on mental health counseling. Your coursework will also include differentiating roles and practices in counseling, developing a personal philosophy of counseling, and demonstrating knowledge of foundational psychotherapeutic theories and evidence-based practice for culturally diverse populations. Students who successfully complete this concentration will be prepared to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, other counseling- or psychology-related degrees, or entry-level careers in the field of psychology.


Prepare to demonstrate foundational counseling knowledge in schools and other educational institutions with the school counseling concentration. You’ll find ways to differentiate roles and practices in counseling and apply theory and skills to behavioral health topics for diverse populations. In addition, your coursework will help you practice assessing cases and design ethically sound interventions for culturally diverse populations of children and adolescents in school settings. Students who successfully complete this concentration will be prepared to pursue a Master of Science in School Counseling degree, other counseling- or psychology-related degrees, or entry-level careers in the field of psychology.

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Learn Relevant Theory & Practice

Apply psychological theory and concepts to individual, organizational, and social issues.

Gain Professional Balance

Integrate your knowledge of psychology with personal values and personal, collaborative, and professional behavior.

Think Critically & Analytically

Solve problems in the field of psychology through critical and scientific analysis and innovative thinking.

Apply Methodology to Help People

Use scientific research methods and findings to address psychological phenomena.

Build Communication Skills

Communicate effectively with diverse recipients in a manner consistent with expectations for psychology professionals.

Gain Counseling Knowledge

Obtain graduate-level knowledge that you can use later towards an accredited master’s in counseling.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

A More Direct Path to Your Master’s

Accelerate your learning with three master’s-level counseling courses, potentially saving you time and money at the master’s level. 

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Our faculty is made up of active professionals with top academic credentials and real-world experience, exposing you to the latest theories and practice.

Flexible Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

This program is designed around American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major to ensure you’re learning the latest theories and practice for a deeper understanding of human learning, emotions, and behavior.

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. 

Low-Cost Gen Ed Courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, offers self-paced, online options for fulfilling bachelor’s requirements for only $329 per course.

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

Sample Courses

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

Some of the courses you will take:

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

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.

Relevant Blog Posts

Doing Research as an Online BS in Psychology Student

BS in Psychology students have a unique opportunity to develop creative and analytical skills through research. 

Collaborative Efforts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Social Work

An overview of the similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities between 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.

Move Forward in Your Career

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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