Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Advance your knowledge in a field that can bring immense personal satisfaction as well as excellent career opportunities.

This CACREP-accredited program is designed to prepare you for positions as a mental health counselor in institutional, community, and private practice settings. You'll receive academic preparation and clinical training intended to instill high standards for professional practice. Develop the ability to apply varied approaches, wellness theory, and research to mental health assessment and treatment.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2015-2016 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in Mental Health Counseling

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Apply mental health counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice.
Deliver culturally and ethnicity sensitive counseling and therapy services to clients in practical settings.
Think and write critically in the mental health counseling discipline or professional practice.
Apply the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics to professional behavior and practice.
Communicate with sensitivity, understanding, and respect in all professional interactions.
Align clinical practice and professional development with state and national standards for mental health counselors.

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q3 2015 - Q2 2016 capstone courses



Master of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling specialization

  • General Mental Health Counseling

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • 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. The 2015 Counseling Education Unit Annual Report is available.
  • Capella is the leader in online counseling education and offers a broad portfolio of counseling-related specializations.
  • All members of Capella's counseling faculty hold doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.
  • Mental Health Counseling Graduates have an 80% pass rate on the National Counseling Exam.1
  • 346 learners graduated from the Mental Health Counseling program between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
  • The current completion rate for learners from the Mental Health Counseling program that enrolled in 2010 and 2011, and graduated within 24 quarters, is 33%.2
  • Of those that reported actively seeking employment, 74% of Mental Health Counseling graduates surveyed reported job placement within 180 days of graduation.3

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is each learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for his or her state and professional associations.

1Exam pass rates are based on reports from the National Board of Certified Counselors on statistics for self-reported Capella alumni taking the NCE exam in Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Capella is notified of exam scores by the exam proctor only if the exam takers identify Capella as a recipient of their scores. Out of 110 MHC graduates that took the NCE exam, 89 passed.

2Completion rate is the percentage of those learners from the 2010 and 2011 cohorts (learners who register for a second course in the year specified and complete their degree) who finished their degree within 24 quarters. Within this group, out of 1530 Mental Health Counseling learners, 508 graduated within 24 quarters.

3Capella does not offer job placement. Data for job placement were gathered via an alumni survey distributed to alumni that graduated from Capella's CACREP-accredited programs in 2015. 42 Mental Health Counseling respondents to the Alumni Survey reported actively seeking employment. Of those seeking employment 31 reported being employed within 180 days of graduation.

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

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 Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

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 (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. 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 ED 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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