2019 Most Affordable Master's in Counseling Online

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All schools on this list offer affordable online master's in counseling programs. At the top of the list is University of West Alabama, which costs $6,864 per year to attend. It is followed by Southern Arkansas University, which offers one degree option for a modest $7,005 annually. Hampton University ranks #13, at $11,120. Distance students enrolled in its Master of Arts in Counseling - General Counseling will take a variety of courses, including counseling with diverse populations and life span development.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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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  • 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: 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: $7,800
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,081
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 441
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling; Crisis Counseling; Group Psychotherapy; Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development; Psychopathology of Individuals and Families; Research in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Counseling; Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Counseling and Consultation Theories; Crisis and Addictions Counseling; Multicultural Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,594
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction Programs and Professional Development; Appraisal of Individuals and Families; Counseling Addicted and Dysfunctional Family Systems; Issues in Addiction Recovery; Minority Group Relations; Multicultural Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,688
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment; Group Counseling; Micro Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Professional Development in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Treatment Planning and Case Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,374
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling and Development; Counseling Diverse Populations; Counseling Exceptional Children; Crises Response, Interventions, and Management; Legal and Ethical Issues; Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,064
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,176
  • 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: $10,260
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,710
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 736
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of the Helping Relationship; Counseling in the Community; Group Counseling; Integrations of Theology and Counseling; Substance Abuse Counseling; Suicide Intervention and Counseling
  • 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: $11,140
  • 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: $11,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 269
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment, Testing and Measurement in Counseling; Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; Group Process and Treatment; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy

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  • 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: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 303
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Adult Development; Assessment of Individuals and Families; Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships; Consultation with Larger Systems; Counseling for Abusive Relationships; Counseling for Change
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $12,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 118
  • Example Classes:
    Career & Lifestyle Counseling; Counseling Approaches to Trauma, Grief, and Loss; Family Counseling Approaches to Addictions; Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy; Special Issues with Military Families; Trauma and Resiliency: Body, Mind, and Brain
  • Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $13,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 251
  • Example Classes:
    Delivery Systems in Mental Health; Group Counseling; Intake, Assessment & Treatment Planning; Marriage & Family Therapy; Practice Management & Consultation

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 298
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Approaches to Counseling and Therapy Skills; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Family and Couples Therapy; Group Psychotherapy & Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Psychodynamics of Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,260
  • Example Classes:
    After Therapy; Assessment: Methods and Measures; Crisis; Family Medicine and MFT; Group Counseling; Improvisation
  • Annual Tuition: $15,240
  • 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
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