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

School of Counseling and Human Services

Expertise to Improve Mental Health Treatment

You have a passion for helping people address and overcome their mental health challenges. Your drive to help others inspires us. That’s why Capella offers a flexible, online master’s in clinical mental health counseling degree. This CACREP-accredited program is designed to help you prepare to pursue state licensure eligibility when you graduate. You will learn to apply the counseling theories and practices needed to empower your clients.

The curriculum will cover such topics as foundations of addiction and addictive behavior, human sexuality, and ethical and legal issues in professional counseling.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 10 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 2 Residencies
  • Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • CACREP Accredited

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)

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Program Highlights

Blended, Flexible Learning

Build clinical mental health counseling expertise with a combination of online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging curriculum.

Preparation to Pursue Licensure

Our competency-based curriculum is designed around counseling education standards and can be used to help you prepare for state licensure eligibility.

All Core Faculty Hold Doctorates

All of our core faculty members hold doctorates and bring years of experience, as well as the latest theories and practices to students.


Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision.

Learn more about practicum/internship »


Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment.

Learn more about residency »

Professional Alignment

Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and ethical standards of national, regional, and state professional counseling associations and honor societies.

Meet Your Counseling Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. Our faculty include:

Amber Lange, PhD, LPC, CAAC, NCC

Faculty Chair, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Rosanne Nunnery, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, CUC Honor Society Lead

Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Doris Han Morrison, PhD, LPC

Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Get the Support You Need for Success

You’ll never go it alone at Capella. Our dedicated support teams are waiting to help 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.

Career Center

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

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
$487 per credit, 90 total quarter credits, 20 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. 

10% 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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

"The structure around Capella’s program has taught me the clinical language I need. I also think it’s taught me how to be a better human being."

Samantha Mangum
MS in Mental Health Counseling

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Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

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

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Sample Courses

Our online master in clinical mental health counseling program is built on CACREP counseling standards and includes both online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you gain clinical training needed for state licensure eligibility.

Course Number Course Title
COUN5223 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN5336 Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
COUN5830 Mental Health Counseling Approaches and Interventions
COUN6965 Applied Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling
COUN 5254 Child and Adolescent Counseling

What You’ll Learn

Take advantage of online education designed with your success in mind. Here are some of the real-world skills you can gain in your clinical mental health counseling program.

  • Employ current counseling theories and research in clinical practice.
  • Connect with clients using counseling/therapy services that support diversity.
  • Think critically, write effectively in a clinical mental health counseling environment.

  • Uphold American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association codes of ethics.
  • Communicate with compassion in all professional interactions.
  • Align your work as a counselor with state and national standards for clinical mental health counselors.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Career Insights

The First Thing to Look for in a Master’s Counseling Program

When selecting a master’s counseling program, you can’t place too much importance on accreditation.

Tips on How to Become a Counselor

Interested in a career in counseling, but not sure how to approach it? Here’s what you need to know.

Capella Faculty Member to Lead American Counseling Association

As president of the American Counseling Association, Simone Lambert, PhD, hopes to advocate for the profession.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Professional Paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Behavioral health counselor
  • Counselor/vocational counselor
  • Licensed professional counselor
  • Licensed mental health counselor
  • Licensed professional clinical counselor
  • Educational counselor
  • Lifestyle and development coach
  • Mental health counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist
  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Researcher

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Community mental health center
  • Employee assistance program
  • Mental health/Family/Social service agency
  • Hospital (day treatment and inpatient)
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Residential treatment center
  • Private/group practice
  • Halfway house
  • Prison
  • Group/Nursing home
  • Educational institution–K-12
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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.

Other Programs to Explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

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