2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Counseling Degrees

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This list of the most affordable online colleges and universities offering counseling degrees includes 20 schools with options at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. All schools on the list offer degrees with annual tuitions under $16,000. The most affordable school on this list, Virginia Commonwealth University, offers a Master of Science in Patient Counseling for only $2,273 per year. Students at University of West Alabama can earn a master's of science in one of three counseling specializations for an affordable annual tuition of $7,293. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online counseling degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Counseling Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Virginia Commonwealth University Annual Tuition $2,273 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#3 #3 Hobe Sound Bible College Annual Tuition $5,760 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,272 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#5 #5 Montana State University-Billings Annual Tuition $6,554 Counseling Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Annual Tuition $7,200 Counseling Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $7,293 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 University of Valley Forge Annual Tuition $7,800 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,965 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $8,316 Counseling Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Post University Annual Tuition $8,436 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#12 #12 Ecclesia College Annual Tuition $8,522 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $8,808 Counseling Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $8,925 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#15 #15 Toccoa Falls College Annual Tuition $9,150 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Martin Methodist College Annual Tuition $9,750 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Clarks Summit University Annual Tuition $10,075 Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Capella University Annual Tuition $10,113 Counseling Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#19 #19 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $10,539 Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#20 #20 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Counseling Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,273
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Basic Patient Counseling; Care of the Dying; Clinical Ethics; Religious and Social Factors in Patient Counseling; Spirituality and Aging; Theory and Practice of Patient Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Procedures in Addiction Counseling; Child Development; Multicultural Counseling Theories; Pharmacology; Psychology of Addiction Counseling; Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $5,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Family Therapy; Intervention in Addictions; Issues in Counseling; Marriage Therapy

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions Counseling; Appraisal in Counseling; Appraisal of Children; Group Counseling: Theories and Procedures; Observation in School Psych; Practicum in School Psychology; Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,554
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Group Counseling; Multicultural/Gender Issues in Counseling; Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselors; Theories of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment from a Rehabilitation Perspective; Case Management; Diversity Along the Lifespan; Group Counseling Theory and Practice; Micro Counseling Skills Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,293
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Techniques in Family Counseling; Career Development and Counseling; Counseling Children and Adolescent; Educational Statistics; Group Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy; Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Grief, Death and Dying; Lifespan Human Development; Marriage/Family Therapy; Pastoral Counseling; Psychometrics; Spirituality and Social Work
  • Annual Tuition: $7,965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Counseling; Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Counseling and Consultation Theories; Crisis and Addictions Counseling; Multicultural Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,316
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Vocational Evaluation Techniques; Counseling Practicum; Disability Across the Lifespan; Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Client Services; Vocational Evaluation Systems and Techniques
  • Annual Tuition: $8,436
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Biology of Addiction; Group and Family Treatment in Addictions; Psychopathology of Addiction; Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,522
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 31%
  • Example Classes:
    Biblical Principles of Counseling; Crisis Counseling; Cross-Cultural Counseling; Human Sexuality; Marriage and Family Counseling; Urban Social Issues: People, Problems and Policy

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions and Dysfunctions in Money Management; Career Development; Counseling Skills; Counseling: Theory and Process; Developing the Leader Within; Medical, Functional, and Environmental Aspects of Disability; Orientation to Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling & Christian Thought; Counseling Children & Adolescents; Crisis, Trauma & Clinical Counseling; Marital & Couple Therapy; Principles of School Counseling; Theories of Human Sexuality
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Child & Adolescent Therapy; Counseling Skills; Crisis & Trauma Therapy; Group Counseling; Premarital & Marital Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling; Human Services Administration; Intervention Methods; Principles of Sociology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Counseling; Dynamics of Discipleship; Examining Worldviews; Historical and Contemporary Theories in Counseling; Pastoral Counseling; Physiological Psychology; Social Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,539
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Case Management & Rehabilitation Services; Disability Aspects; Group Work and the Rehabilitation Process; Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Principles of Leadership; Rehabilitation Assessment; Rehabilitation Counseling Application
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Modification; Christian Counseling for Children; Christian Counseling for Marriage & Family; Christian Counseling for Women; Issues of Christian Counseling; Multicultural Counseling & Research Issues; Physiological Psychology

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (4)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

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