2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in School Counseling

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This list represents the 25 schools with the lowest tuition for their online master's degrees in school counseling. Ranked #1, Fort Hays State University offers a Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling for an annual tuition of $4,491. California Southern University is ranked #10 and offers an online Master in Education - Counseling in Education degree for $8,910. The average tuition on this list is $9,961 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,491
#2 #2 East Central University Annual Tuition $5,977
#3 #3 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $6,570
#4 #4 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $6,851
#5 #5 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $6,864
#6 #6 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $7,245
#7 #7 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $7,742
#8 #8 Salem College Annual Tuition $8,000
#9 #9 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $8,484
#10 #10 California Southern University Annual Tuition $8,910
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Concordia University-Irvine Annual Tuition $9,810
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) Creighton University Annual Tuition $9,810
#13 #13 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $9,984
#14 #14 Missouri Baptist University Annual Tuition $9,996
#15 #15 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $10,157
#16 #16 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $10,530
#17 #17 Prescott College Annual Tuition $10,764
#18 #18 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $10,884
#19 #19 Adams State University Annual Tuition $11,310
#20 #20 Angelo State University Annual Tuition $12,225
#21 #21 Liberty University Annual Tuition $13,560
#22 #22 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $14,143
#23 #23 The University of Tennessee - Martin Annual Tuition $14,736
#24 #24 University of St. Thomas - TX Annual Tuition $14,976
#25 #25 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $15,000
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,491
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,379
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Group Counseling; Family Counseling; Management of Agency/Community Counseling; Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling; Psychopathology & Diagnosis of Mental Disorders; Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $5,977
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 762
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Group Counseling; Affective Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy; Counseling Intervention Strategies; Introduction to Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,240
  • Example Classes:
    Essentials of Measurement - Research Projects; Group Counseling in a School Setting; Human Development and Learning in the Cultural Context; Individual Counseling in a School Setting; Legal Issues in School Counseling; Organizations and Administration of School Counseling Programs
  • Annual Tuition: $6,851
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Collaboration with Children and Families; Diversity Issues in School Mental Health; Mental Health in Schools Capstone Paper; Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth; Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health; School Mental Health: Policy, Law and Ethics
  • Annual Tuition: $6,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,117
  • Example Classes:
    Career Development and Counseling; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling Multicultural Populations; Diagnostic Techniques for School Counselors; Practicum in School Counseling; Strategies for Crisis Intervention
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,376
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Aspects of Grief and Loss; Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs; Group Counseling in Public Schools; Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling; Personality and Psychological Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $7,742
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 972
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Procedures for Counselors; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 149
  • Example Classes:
    Focus on Student Advocacy and the School Counselor; Group Counseling: Strategies and Techniques for School Counselors; Individual Counseling and Consultation: The Application of Theory and Practice for School Counselors; Managing the Comprehensive School Counseling Program; Professional Research Seminar for School Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,484
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 462
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families; Crisis Counseling; Group Psychotherapy; Individual and Family Lifespan Human Development; Psychopathology of Individuals and Families; Techniques of Individual and Family Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,910
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Academic and Career Advisement for Counselors; Assessment Techniques in Therapy; Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership; Counseling Theories and Strategies; Ethical and Legal Considerations in Counseling; Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,566
  • Example Classes:
    Career Counseling and Development; Counseling Diverse Populations; Counseling Exceptional Children; Crises Response, Interventions, and Management; Educational Research: Methods and Analysis; Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,272
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research in School Counseling; Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling; Diagnosis and Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents; Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors; Individual and Program Assessment in School Counseling; Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $9,984
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,543
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal of Individuals and Families; Child and Adolescent Development and Treatment; Integration of Christian Faith in Professional Counseling; Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues; Research and Evaluation of Methods and Practice; Theory and Techniques in Career Counseling

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,996
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,106
  • Example Classes:
    Child And Adolescent Counseling; Crisis, Trauma, And Disaster Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Research And Program Evaluation In Counseling Settings; School Counseling Program Implementation And Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $10,157
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,374
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Collaboration; Elementary School Counseling; Middle School Counseling; School-Based Family Counseling; Secondary School Counseling; Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 313
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention; Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Assessment; Introduction to Play Therapy; Personal Lifestyle and Career Development; Principles and Practices of Early Childhood Education; Studies in Classroom Management
  • Annual Tuition: $10,764
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 363
  • Example Classes:
    Research Practices for School Guidance Counselors; School Guidance Counseling: Program Development; Social and Ecological Perspectives; Supervised School Guidance Counseling Practicum; Vocational Counseling and Career Development
  • Annual Tuition: $10,884
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,806
  • Example Classes:
    Career Awareness, Exploration, and Development; Multicultural Issues in Counseling; Theory and Practice of Couple and Family Counseling; Trauma, Crisis, and Grief Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,294
  • Example Classes:
    Comprehensive School Counseling; Counseling Modalities School Setting; Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma; Group Counseling; Professional School Counseling Introduction; Professional School Counseling Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $12,225
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,306
  • Example Classes:
    Career and Occupational Counseling; Dysfunctional Behavior; Lifespan Development; Social and Cultural Influences; Theories of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $13,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Counseling in the Schools; Human Development Across the Lifespan; Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in School Counseling; School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation; Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling; Structured Groups
  • Annual Tuition: $14,143
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 431
  • Example Classes:
    Action Research Practicum; Counseling Students Impacted by Substance Abuse; Cultural Competency; Developmental Guidance for Elementary School Counselors; Developmental Guidance for Middle/High School Counselors; Students Victimized by Crisis and Abuse
  • Annual Tuition: $14,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 392
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Children/Adolescents with Psychological Dysfunction; Group Dynamics; Mental Health and Psychopathology; Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling; Organization and Administration of School Counseling Services/Programs; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $14,976
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,591
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal Techniques; Educational Research and Scholarly Writing; Educational Research Design and Data Analysis; Issues and Trends in Counseling; Professional Counseling Issues & Ethics; Research Seminar, Action Research-Study and Findings
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,322
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Techniques; Introduction to Counseling; Legal and Ethical Issues; Theories of Counseling
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