Program Overview

Helping individuals overcome underlying issues that present as sexual dysfunction requires a discreet, caring professional. Capella’s Master’s in Sex Therapy specialization gives you the tools to provide compassionate assistance to individuals and couples experiencing sexual difficulties. Our curriculum builds on clinical counseling foundations, and expands training to include coursework in human sexuality and sex therapy. The Sex Therapy specialization includes coursework that is rooted in clinical psychology covering a wide range of issues for which individuals seek treatment. For graduates with prior counseling or therapy experience, this specialization provides the foundation for certification as a sex therapist as recommended by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, giving you a competitive advantage. The curriculum is designed to also prepare you for graduate work at the doctoral level.

Specialization topics include sexology; basic anatomy for mental health professionals; hormones; sexuality across the lifespan; gender; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns; sexuality and culture; low sexual desire; sexual compulsivity; recovery from sexual abuse; treatment of sex offenders; and issues and trends in sexual health treatment.

With a Master's in Sex Therapy from Capella, you’ll gain knowledge of how the human brain works and the skills necessary to assist people with uncovering root causes for issues that affect sexual function.

Common jobs with an online program in sex therapy include sex therapist/counselor, sexual health educator, adjunct or part-time faculty, instructor, consultant or researcher. Potential workplaces include land-based or online college/university, nonprofit organization, P-12 schools, community/social service organization, private/group practice, hospital - inpatient or outpatient, mental health clinic, research institute, faith/religious organization, health care system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
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    Requirements

    The completion of three 7-day in-person residencies are required.

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable

    Minimum level of education required:

    • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

    Respected programs that move you forward
    Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. 

    Online education. Two ways.
    Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.

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    Multiple ways to help you save

    • Employer and association discounts
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    • Transfer credit
    • Scholarships
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    • Credit for real-world learning

    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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