2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Doctorate in Counseling

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The six universities on this list offer low-cost online doctorate degrees in counseling, with all schools having tuition rates of $16,000 or less per year. University of the Cumberlands ranks #1 for affordability, offering an EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision for just $7,500 annually. Northcentral University, #6, provides 12 options for online doctoral degrees in counseling. These include a PhD in psychology focusing on addictions and a doctorate of marriage and family therapy with one of seven offered concentrations.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online doctoral degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Liberty University Annual Tuition $5,500
#2 #2 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $7,500
#3 #3 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $10,000
#4 #4 Capella University Annual Tuition $11,535
#5 #5 Hampton University Annual Tuition $13,205
#6 #6 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $15,870
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma; Assessment Techniques in Counseling; Biological Aspects of Addiction and Recovery; Career Counseling; Instruction in Counselor Education; Issues in Integration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Theories & Skills; Counseling during Grief and Crisis; Ethical & Legal Issues in CES; Group Counseling; Leadership & Advocacy in Professional Counseling; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    After Therapy; Assessment: Methods and Measures; Crisis; Family Medicine and MFT; Group Counseling; Improvisation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,535
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Practice; Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations; Crisis Assessment and Intervention; Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling; Foundations of Advanced Social Science Research and Design; Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $13,205
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Community Mental Health and Welfare Services; Counseling with Diverse Populations; Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling; Identity, Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling; Life Span Development; Theories and Practice of Counseling Supervision
  • Annual Tuition: $15,870
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • 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
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