2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Master's in Counseling Degrees

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The 25 schools on this list offer the most affordable online master's degrees in counseling. With an annual tuition of only $3,285 for a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management, Fort Valley State University tops our list. Fourth-ranked University of West Alabama offers a variety of counseling degrees including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and family counseling, at an affordable tuition rate of $6,864 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in counseling degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $3,285
#2 (tie) #2 (tie) Clarks Summit University Annual Tuition $6,000
#2 (tie) #2 (tie) University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,000
#4 #4 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $6,864
#5 #5 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $7,005
#6 #6 Bethel College - IN Annual Tuition $8,010
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $8,421
#8 #8 Washburn University Annual Tuition $8,874
#9 #9 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $8,925
#10 #10 Liberty University Annual Tuition $9,040
#11 #11 Crown College Annual Tuition $9,540
#12 #12 New Mexico Highlands University Annual Tuition $9,913
#13 #13 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $10,157
#14 #14 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $10,539
#15 #15 Morehead State University Annual Tuition $10,602
#16 #16 Utah State University Annual Tuition $10,790
#17 #17 Clarion University Annual Tuition $10,800
#18 #18 Hampton University Annual Tuition $11,120
#19 #19 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $11,250
#20 #20 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $11,430
#21 #21 Pentecostal Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $11,664
#22 #22 Northwest University Annual Tuition $12,200
#23 #23 Huntington University Annual Tuition $12,320
#24 #24 Adams State University Annual Tuition $13,050
#25 #25 Winston-Salem State University Annual Tuition $13,713
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  • Annual Tuition: $3,285
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 427
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Theories & Process; Cultural Diversity in Counseling; Group Theory & Process; Medical Case Management; Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 229
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Behavior; Biblical Philosophy of Counseling; Career Counseling; Crisis Counseling; Dynamics of Discipleship; Ethnicity and Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling during Grief and Crisis; Group Counseling; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Psychological Assessment in Clinical Practice; Theories in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,008
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Techniques in Family Counseling; Career Development and Counseling; Counseling Children and Adolescent; Educational Statistics; Group Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Annual Tuition: $7,005
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,484
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Skills & Techniques; Counseling Children & Adolescents; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling; Human Development for Helping Professionals; Psychopharmacology & the Counseling Profession
  • Annual Tuition: $8,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 251
  • Example Classes:
    Delivery Systems in Mental Health; Group Counseling; Intake, Assessment & Treatment Planning; Marriage & Family Therapy; Practice Management & Consultation
  • Annual Tuition: $8,421
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions Counseling with Families; Advanced Learning and Motivation; Appraisal of Children; Behavior Therapy; Client Management Procedures; Ethics in Addictions Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,874
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 856
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Methods of Group Counseling; Advanced Pharmacology and Substance Use Disorders; Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders; Integrative Human Services; Professional Ethics and Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,809
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling & Consultation; Advanced Practicum in Group Counseling; Advanced Practicum in Marriage And Family Counseling; Concepts of Family Systems; Counseling & Christian Thought; Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • Annual Tuition: $9,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,706
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 269
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; Group Process and Treatment; Marriage and Family Therapy; Multicultural Counseling; Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,913
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,197
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal of the Individual, Group & Family; Medical Aspects of Disability; Multicultural Counseling; Psychocultural/Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Theory and Principles of Individual Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,157
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • 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: $10,539
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,904
  • Example Classes:
    Case Management & Rehabilitation Services; Disability Aspects; Group Work and the Rehabilitation Process; Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery; Rehabilitation Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $10,602
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 994
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Human Growth and Development; Group Counseling; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Philosophy and Practice of School Counseling; Practices and Techniques in Counseling; Psycho-Social and Multicultural Factors in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,790
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,280
  • Example Classes:
    Ethical Decision-Making in Counseling; Human Growth and Development in Rehabilitation; Job Analysis, Development, and Placement for Persons with Disabilities; Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Treatment Approaches for Addiction Disorders
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 894
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction and Dual Diagnosis; Crisis Intervention in Counseling; Human Growth Across the Lifespan; Intervention Strategies: Counseling Skills and Techniques; Issues in Rural Human Services; Rehabilitation of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Annual Tuition: $11,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 810
  • 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: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,100
  • Example Classes:
    Career Development; Counseling: Theory and Process; Medical, Functional, and Environmental Aspects of Disability; Multicultural Counseling; Orientation to Rehabilitation Counseling; Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 40
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning; Counseling Theories; Group Counseling and Dynamics; Group Counseling in Addiction; Human Growth and Development; Multi-Cultural Competencies in Addiction Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 273
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Skills; Human Growth and Transformation; Marriage and Family Systems Theories; Mental Health Diagnosis/Abnormal Psychology; Spirituality, Religion, and Mental Health in Counseling; Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 288
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Counseling and Abuse; Human Growth and Development; Human Sexuality and Relationships; Multicultural Issues in Counseling; Psychopathology and Diagnosis; Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 299
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Psychopathology and Diagnosis; Foundations of Addiction Counseling; Foundations of Child and Adolescent Counseling; Human Growth and Development; Intimacy, Sexuality and Gender; Psychopharmacology

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,356
  • Example Classes:
    Couple/Family/System Counseling; Crisis, Disaster and Trauma; Diagnosis and Psychopathology; Foundations of Addict Counseling; LIfe Span Development; Multicultural Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $13,713
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 392
  • Example Classes:
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