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

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These 25 schools represent the most affordable online schools for students seeking master’s degrees in school counseling. The average tuition of this list of schools is $13,841, and eight of these schools have annual tuition rates of less than $10,000. Touro University Nevada, the top-ranked school, offers a Master of Education with a concentration in school counseling at an affordable rate of $6,300. University of Missouri, another very affordable option, comes in second place with an annual tuition rate of $6,703.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $6,300
#2 #2 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,703
#3 #3 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,965
#4 #4 Salem College Annual Tuition $8,000
#5 #5 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $8,484
#6 #6 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $8,640
#7 #7 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $9,702
#8 #8 Creighton University Annual Tuition $9,810
#9 #9 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $10,296
#10 #10 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $10,530
#11 #11 University of the Southwest Annual Tuition $12,579
#12 #12 Adams State University Annual Tuition $12,900
#13 #13 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $13,560
#14 #14 Capella University Annual Tuition $13,636
#15 #15 Missouri Baptist University Annual Tuition $14,112
#16 #16 The University of Tennessee - Martin Annual Tuition $14,736
#17 #17 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $15,018
#18 #18 The University of Texas at Tyler Annual Tuition $16,728
#19 #19 Seton Hall University Annual Tuition $17,736
#20 #20 Messiah College Annual Tuition $19,350
#21 #21 Mercy College Annual Tuition $20,208
#22 #22 LeTourneau University Annual Tuition $20,295
#23 #23 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $21,300
#24 #24 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $21,336
#25 #25 Bradley University Annual Tuition $26,100
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Essentials of Measurement - Research Projects; Group Counseling in a School Setting; Human Development and Learning in the Cultural Context; Individual Counseling in a School Setting; Legal Issues in School Counseling; Organizations and Administration of School Counseling Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $6,703
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Collaboration with Children and Families; Diversity Issues in School Mental Health; Mental Health in Schools Capstone Paper; Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth; Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health; School Mental Health: Policy, Law and Ethics
  • Annual Tuition: $7,965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention; Counseling the College Student; Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling; Law in Postsecondary Higher Education; Student Affairs Practice and Administration; Study of the Individual in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Example Classes:
    21st Century Career and Educational Counseling Development; Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation for School Counseling; Focus on Student Advocacy and the School Counselor; Group Counseling: Strategies and Techniques for School Counselors; Individual Counseling and Consultation: The Application of Theory and Practice for School Counselors; Managing the Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Annual Tuition: $8,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families; Crisis Counseling; Group Psychotherapy; Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development; Psychopathology of Individuals and Families; Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Designing and Leading CCBP; Group Counseling & Dynamics; Life Planning & Career Development in School Counseling; Professional and Ethical Issues of School Counselors; Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling; Theories of Trauma, Grief, and Loss
  • Annual Tuition: $9,702
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Collaboration; Elementary School Counseling; Middle School Counseling; School-Based Family Counseling; Secondary School Counseling; Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • 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 and Program Assessment in School Counseling; Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,296
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Procedures for Counselors; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Development and Administration of School Counseling Programs; Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling; Human Development for Helping Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention; Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Assessment; Introduction to Play Therapy; Personal Lifestyle and Career Development; Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education; Studies in Classroom Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis and Trauma Interventions; Human Sexuality; Introduction to Addictions Counseling; Professional and Ethical Issues in School Counseling; Program Development and Management; Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Example Classes:
    Comprehensive School Counseling; Counseling Modalities School Setting; Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma; Group Counseling; Professional School Counseling Introduction; Professional School Counseling Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, TRACS, and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Counseling in the Schools; Human Development Across the Lifespan; Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Counseling; School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation; Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling; Structured Groups
  • Annual Tuition: $13,636
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues in School Counseling; Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations; Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management; Developmental School Counseling and Student Services; Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling; Theories of Counseling and Guidance for Children and Adolescents
  • Annual Tuition: $14,112
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Therapy; Classroom and Behavior Management; Multicultural Counseling; Professional, Ethical & Philosophical Development in Counseling; Psychological Tests and Measures; Theories and Techniques of Counseling Students and Their Families
  • Annual Tuition: $14,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Children/Adolescents with Psychological Dysfunction; Group Dynamics; Mental Health and Psychopathology; Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling; Organization and Administration of School Counseling Services/Programs; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $15,018
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in School Settings; Consultation in Special Education; Issues in Child and Adolescent Development; Planning and Organizing Comprehensive Guidance Programs; School Counseling Group Interventions; School Counseling Theories & Techniques

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Advanced Human Growth and Development; Behavior Modification; Cultural Diversity and Advocacy; Research and Program Evaluation; Tests & Measurement
  • Annual Tuition: $17,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling; Career Development and Counseling; Counseling and Community Agencies; Multicultural Counseling and Psychology; Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Effective Practices for Every Learner; Effective Practices of School Counselors; Elementary School Counseling Internship; Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs; Secondary School Counseling Internship; Spiritual Formation & Faith-Based Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $20,208
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    College Planning and Preparation Counseling; Multicultural Perspectives and the Teacher Learning Proces; Research Methodology; Supervised Internship I: Bilingual School Setting; Supervised Internship II: Bilingual School Setting; Theory and Practice in Bilingual Education
  • Annual Tuition: $20,295
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 41%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development; Diversity in Schools; Group Counseling Methods; Research and Program Evaluation; Teaching Children and Adolescents; Theory and Practice in Classroom Management
  • Annual Tuition: $21,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Techniques In Counseling; Concepts Of Family Systems; Counseling & Christian Thought; Ethics, Professional Orientation & Legal Issues In Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Psychopathology & Diagnosis
  • Annual Tuition: $21,336
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Awareness, Exploration, and Development; Ethical Issues in School and Professional Counseling; Group Dynamics in Counseling and Therapy; Manifestations of Mental Disorder: Problems, Causes & Processes; Multicultural Issues in Counseling; Vocational and Aptitude Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $26,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
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