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General School Counseling Master of Science in School Counseling

School of Counseling and Human Services

Help Young People Realize Their Dreams

Today’s K-12 students are faced with complex challenges—cyber bullying, relationship and self-esteem issues, drug use, anger management, sexual orientation, and more. With the CACREP-accredited, online master's in school counseling program from Capella, you can learn to help these students transcend their difficulties and pursue their passions.

This program includes online coursework, residencies, and field experiences to help prepare you for a rewarding career with an expanding role in advocating for the personal, educational, and social needs of students.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project
  • 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

Apply Research and Theories

Apply brief counseling and child development theories and research to school practice.

Connect With Students

Deliver culturally, ethnically, and life-style sensitive counseling services to individuals or groups in a school setting.

Apply Critical Thinking

Think critically and write effectively in the school counseling discipline and professional practice.

Uphold Professional Ethics

Follow the codes of ethics from the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association.

Communicate with Compassion

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

Champion the Highest Standards

Design programs and services based on the ASCA National Model for Comprehensive School Counseling.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

State Licensure Prep

Our competency-based curriculum aligns with school counseling education standards and is designed to help prepare you for professional credentialing.

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, 72 total quarter credits, 12 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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Scholarships for New Students

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

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. CACREP and NCATE accreditation are the recognized professional benchmarks in school counseling education, aligning to national credentialing standards and noticed by many potential employers.

We’ve formed strategic and academic partnerships with: The American Counseling Association, The American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 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

The curriculum for our online master in school counseling program emphasizes assessment, intervention, and individual and group counseling. Gain knowledge of classroom guidance, consultation, and advocacy of systemic change in schools.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
COUN5280 Introduction to School Counseling
COUN5240 Theories of Counseling and Guidance for Children and Adolescents
COUN5241 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
COUN5246 Contemporary Issues in School Counseling
COUN5284 School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation

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.


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.

Dedicated Support

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

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

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Online Master’s in Counseling: Virtual + Hands-On Preparation

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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 school counseling.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • School counselor
  • School counseling coordinator
  • Academic advisor
  • Career counselor
  • College counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Advisor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Student life counselor
  • Counselor

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • P-12 public schools
  • P-12 private schools
  • Private boarding school
  • Non-profit educational organization
  • Educational corporation
  • Government- state and federal departments of education

*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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Ready for the Next Step?

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