2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Doctorate in Counseling

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

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.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Liberty University $5,500
# 2 #2 University of the Cumberlands $8,800
# 3 #3 University of Louisiana-Monroe $12,000
# 4 #4 Regent University Online $12,150
# 5 #5 Eastern University $12,975
# 6 #6 Northcentral University $14,966
# 7 #7 Capella University $21,300
#1
#1

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
Annual Tuition: $5,500
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

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
  • Doctor of Ministry: Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
  • Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
#2
#2

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $8,800
Annual Tuition: $8,800
Annual Tuition: $8,800
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,640
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,852
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

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
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

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
#4
#4

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $12,150
Annual Tuition: $12,150
Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,146
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

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
#5
#5

Eastern University

Saint Davids (PA)
Annual Tuition: $12,975
Annual Tuition: $12,975
Annual Tuition: $12,975
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 238
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 707
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (610) 341-5800

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
#6
#6

Northcentral University

Prescott Valley (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $14,966
Annual Tuition: $14,966
Annual Tuition: $14,966
  • Online Degrees: 27
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 165
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 11,058
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 327-2877

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
#7
#7

Capella University

Minneapolis (MN)
Annual Tuition: $21,300
Annual Tuition: $21,300
Annual Tuition: $21,300
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,503
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 27,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 227-3552

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