2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Counseling

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The 25 online colleges and universities on this list offer the most affordable master's degrees in counseling. Tuition for all of these schools is under $16,000 per year. Top-ranked Heritage Christian University offers a Master of Ministry in Ministerial Counseling for an annual tuition of $4,482. Fort Valley State University (#3) offers an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management with classes in Medical Case Management, Counseling Theories & Process and Group Theory & Process.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online counseling bachelor's degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Heritage Christian University Annual Tuition $4,482
#2 #2 Amberton University Annual Tuition $4,500
#3 #3 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $5,694
#4 #4 Bob Jones University Annual Tuition $6,290
#5 #5 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $6,300
#6 #6 Salem College Annual Tuition $7,680
#7 #7 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $7,742
#8 #8 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $7,791
#9 #9 Saint Cloud State University Annual Tuition $8,262
#10 #10 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $8,808
#11 #11 Missouri Baptist University Annual Tuition $8,820
#12 #12 Creighton University Annual Tuition $9,450
#13 #13 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $9,702
#14 #14 Emporia State University Annual Tuition $9,897
#15 #15 California Southern University Annual Tuition $9,975
#16 #16 Faith International University Annual Tuition $10,080
#17 #17 Adams State University Annual Tuition $10,320
#18 #18 Antioch University Connected Annual Tuition $10,400
#19 #19 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $10,500
#20 #20 Pentecostal Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,184
#21 #21 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $11,850
#22 #22 University of the Southwest Annual Tuition $12,579
#23 #23 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Annual Tuition $14,400
#24 #24 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $15,267
#25 #25 Colorado Christian University Annual Tuition $15,480
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,482
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Seminar in Conflict Resolution; Solution-Focused Counseling; Special Issues in Ministerial Counseling; The Ministry of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Christian Counseling; Counseling Ethics; Family Life Ministry; Family Studies; Life Span Development; Practical Experience in Christian Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $5,694
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Theories & Process; Group Theory & Process; Intro to Case Management; Medical Case Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,290
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Issues; Biblical Counseling Practicum II; Counseling Children & Adolescents; Counseling Issues; Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling in a School Setting; Group Counseling in a School Setting; Individual Counseling in a School Setting; Legal Issues in School Counseling; Multicultural Counseling in a School Setting; Organizations and Administration of School Counseling Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $7,680
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research & Writing for Publication for School Counseling; Culturally-Relevant Counseling: Exploring Educational Equity; Focus on Student Advocacy and the School Counselor; Group Counseling: Strategies and Techniques for School Counselors; Introduction to the School Setting: Practicum for School Counselors; Managing the Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Annual Tuition: $7,742
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling; Human Development for Helping Professionals; Psychopharmacology and the Counseling Profession
  • Annual Tuition: $7,791
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Treatment Planning in Counseling; Counseling Individuals Across the Lifespan; Family Counseling; Medical Aspects of Disability; Mental Health Ethics, Law and Practice; Psychocultural/Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Annual Tuition: $8,262
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Criminal Justice Systems Administration; Criminal Justice and the Media; Criminal Procedure; Crisis Intervention; Juvenile Justice System; Philosophy of Law and Punishment
  • Annual Tuition: $8,808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Development; Counseling: Theory and Process; Medical, Functional, and Environmental Aspects of Disability; Orientation to Rehabilitation Counseling; Research Methods in Education; Vocational Rehabilitation Case Management and Placement
  • Annual Tuition: $8,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Multicultural Counseling; Theories and Techniques of Counseling Students and Their Families; Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling; Transition/Career Development and Vocational Education
  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in School Counseling; Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling; Diagnosis and Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents; Individual Planning and Counseling Techniques for School Counselors; Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling; Social Justice and Diversity in School Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,702
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Methods; Dynamics of Addiction; Life-Span Development in Counseling; Methods of Research; Psychology of Women, Gender and Development; Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,897
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling and Development..; Counseling Theories; Employment Issues in Rehabilitation; Group Processes in Counseling .; Medical Aspects of Disability; Psychosocial Development and Disability

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,975
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Human Sexuality; Psychology of Aging; Psychology of Death and Dying; Psychology of Religion; Systems of Family Therapy
  • Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Marriage & Family Counseling; Cross-cultural Counseling; Domestic Violence & Anger Management; Group Counseling; Human Growth and Development; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Becoming Brain-Wise Counselors; Counseling Adolescents; Creativity in Counseling; Gestalt and Existential Therapy; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Treatment of Sexual Offending
  • Annual Tuition: $10,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Career & Lifestyle Counseling; Crisis & Trauma-Informed Interventions; Family Counseling Approaches to Addiction; Foundational Theories of Marriage & Family; Military Deployment Cycles; Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Development & Counseling; Counseling Theories; Marriage & Family Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Psychological Tests & Measurements; The Helping Relationship
  • Annual Tuition: $11,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: ---
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Skills; Marriage and Family Systems Theories; Spirituality, Religion, and Mental Health in Counseling; Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling; Crisis Counseling; Group Psychotherapy; Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development; Psychopathology of Individuals and Families; Research in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Traumatized Clients; Introduction to Play Therapy; Multicultural Counseling; Professional & Ethical Issues – Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment; Group Counseling; Micro Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Professional Development in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Treatment Planning and Case Management
  • Annual Tuition: $15,267
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in School Settings; Career Counseling in Schools; Multicultural Counseling in Schools; Planning and Organizing Comprehensive Guidance Programs; School Counseling Group Interventions

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes:

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