2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Doctorate in Counseling

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The 7 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online doctoral degree in counseling. At #1, Liberty University offers an online Dr. of Ministry: Pastoral Counseling for only $5,500 per year. In the #2 spot is University of the Cumberlands, offering a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision for $8,800 per academic year. Classes include Advanced Counseling Theories & Skills, Leadership & Advocacy in Professional Counseling, and Multicultural Issues in Counseling & Education.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $5,500
# 2 #2 $8,800
# 3 #3 $12,000
# 4 #4 $12,150
# 5 #5 $12,975
# 6 #6 $14,966
# 7 #7 $21,300
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Example Classes: Career Counseling; Instruction in Counselor Education; Issues in Integration; Supervision and Consultation

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling
  • Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • PhD: Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Dr. of Ministry: Pastoral Counseling
  • Dr. of Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
  • Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
  • Annual Tuition: $8,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Counseling Theories & Skills; Ethical & Legal Issues in CES; Leadership & Advocacy in Professional Counseling; Multicultural Issues in Counseling & Education; The Change Process

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision - Addiction
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision - Advanced Counseling
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision - Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes: After Therapy; Family Medicine and MFT; Improvisation; Qualitative and Ethnographic Research; Social Ecology; The Art of Creative Transformation

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - Systemic Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling & Consultation; Advanced Practicum in Group Counseling; Advanced Practicum in Marriage And Family Counseling; Human Sexuality; Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking; Treating Ptsd, Compassion Fatigue, & Complex Trauma

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
  • Annual Tuition: $12,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes: Couples Therapy Theory and Practice; Diversity Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy; Holistic Approaches to Prevention and Enrichment in Family Systems; Human Development and Family Systems; Professional Standards and Ethics; Trauma and Family Systems

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Annual Tuition: $14,966
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes: Dynamics of Family Interaction; Early Childhood and Parenting Interventions; Families, Health, and Illness; Family Therapy with Adolescents; Loss and Bereavement; Systemic Sex Therapy

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - General Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
  • Annual Tuition: $21,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Advanced Counseling Practice; Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design; Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior