Master of Science in Career Counseling

Advance your knowledge of career counseling and career development, including career counseling both face-to-face and at a distance.

Designed around leading counseling standards, Capella's Masters of Science in Career Counseling is one of very few online master's programs in the field. The program includes online course work, residencies, and clinical experiences. The curriculum offers a theoretical and practical foundation in the field of career counseling, including administering and interpreting career assessments; developing life, career, and employment plans for clients; working with diverse populations; and planning and managing comprehensive career counseling and development programs.

This graduate degree program has been retired.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's MS in Career Counseling program is designed around national counseling accreditation standards.
  • Capella is one of the few universities to offer an online master's program in Career Counseling.
  • Program leverages Capella's strong expertise in mental health education, including more than two dozen graduate specializations in counseling, psychology, and related fields.
  • Capella also offers three CACREP-accredited master's programs in counseling: Mental Health Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy; and School Counseling.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Career Counseling - Apply professional knowledge, skills, and best practices to help clients develop life, career, and employment plans.
  2. Assessment - Select, administer, and interpret career assessment tests and measures.
  3. Communication - Communicate professionally with others in all interactions to promote career development and employment.
  4. Diversity - Apply career counseling and development strategies that address multicultural issues that may impact the career development process.
  5. Ethical and Legal Standards - Apply ethical and legal standards in career counseling.
  6. Management and Supervision - Plan, organize, and manage a comprehensive career counseling and development program.

1North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report satisfaction with responsibilities and career growth potential. About 40% of graduates are employed in government/public sector or mental health industries. An additional third are employed in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, or social/community service settings.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Approximately half the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences master's graduates report advancing in their careers or receiving salary increases. They also say assumed a leadership role or changed careers.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Social and Behavioral Sciences masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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