MS – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
Capella University

Program Details

With the need for mental health practitioners growing, you can enhance your own career options earning an online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You’ll learn how to help others overcome hurdles that are blocking them from leading healthy, productive lives. At Capella, this program is CACREP-accredited, meaning, you’ll be well-prepared to sit for licensure exams. However, remember to check with your individual state's licensing requirements before enrolling in this, or any other online program. Integrating both theory and practices, along with on-campus residencies, the curriculum in this online CMHC program includes:
  • Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
  • Mental Health Counseling Approaches and Interventions
  • Applied Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

  • Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.7 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • Two 7-day in-person residencies are required.

Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, through March 31, 2020.