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

School of Counseling and Human Services

Help People Handle Their Challenges

Capella's online, CACREP-accredited master's in clinical mental health counseling program can help you make a positive impact on the lives of others. Learn the counseling theories and practices needed to empower clients to overcome their greatest challenges in institutional, public, or private practice settings.   

The coursework, residencies, and field experiences are also designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility when you graduate. The curriculum includes online coursework with a credit-bearing residency and a practicum and internship that allow you to apply your knowledge directly through practical application.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 10 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 2 Residencies 
  • Internship
  • 1 Practicum

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

Put Theories & Research to Use

Understand how to apply counseling theories and research to a contemporary clinical practice.

Champion Empathy & Sensitivity

Deliver culturally and ethnically sensitive counseling/therapy services to clients.

Embrace Professional Conduct

Demonstrate your ability to think and write critically in a mental health counseling discipline and practice.

Uphold Professional Ethics

Understand the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and apply it to your practice.

Embody Empathy

Communicate with sensitivity, understanding, and respect in all professional interactions.

Uphold Professional Standards

Align your clinical practice and professional development with state and national standards for mental health counselors.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

State Licensure Prep

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

All Core Faculty Hold Doctorates

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Convenient, Flexible Learning

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

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.

Student Success Story

“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

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. CACREP accreditation is the recognized professional benchmark in clinical mental health counseling education, aligning to most states’ licensure requirements and noticed by many potential employers.

We’ve formed strategic and academic partnerships with: The American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Chi Sigma Iota and Delta Kappa honor societies.

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

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

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.

Practicum / Internship

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

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.


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

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.

Relevant Blog Posts

6 Must-Knows When Preparing for Counseling Licensure

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

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master of science in clinical mental health counseling. 

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Behavioral health counselor
  • Counselor/vocational counselor
  • Licensed professional counselor
  • Licensed MHC
  • 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.

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