Capella University

MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Fuel your desire to make a difference to individuals and groups, while expanding your therapeutic reach. The Capella Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy master's degree program will prepare you for increased career opportunities in the counseling field. This program includes online coursework that incorporates a credit-bearing residency and a practicum/internship to allow you to apply your knowledge directly through practical application.

In compliance with COAMFTE's policy on public disclosure, Capella University reports publicly expected program length, maximum time to complete the degree, and student achievement data — including graduation rates, national exam pass rates, and licensure rates. This information may be found on the COAMFTE website. Capella University's program has been COAMFTE-accredited since May 2013.

This COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited program features a rigorous combination of online education and face-to-face experiences that prepare you for state licensure eligibility. Capella offers comprehensive resources that assist you in securing an internship, a practicum or fieldwork opportunities. The curriculum incorporates integrated therapeutic and educational coursework including:
• High-quality learning with an emphasis on applying marriage and family counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice
• A credit-bearing residency and required direct-client contact and supervision
• Clinical programs designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility
• Highly educated faculty with real-world experience

With your Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella, you'll integrate and apply research and theories in the practice of marriage and family therapy, including relational/systemic theories, theories of individual and family development across the life span, and other foundational theories in marriage and family therapy to clinical practice. You'll also learn to think critically and write effectively in the discipline by analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating the theoretical and practice issues relevant to family dynamics and systems theory in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Common jobs with an online program in general marriage and family counseling/therapy include marriage and family therapist, marriage and family counselor, child and adolescent counselor, counselor, educational counselor, couples therapist, couples counselor, substance abuse counselor, and therapist. Potential workplaces and fields include mental health, educational institutions, private sector, health care or child welfare/children's services.

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Eligibility Requirements:

Master's students 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.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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