2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in School Counseling

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The following 24 schools are ranked for their affordable online master's in school counseling degrees, averaging a low annual cost of $9,464. Ranking #1, Fort Hays State University offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling at a low tuition of $4,604 per year. Chaminade University of Honolulu and University of the Cumberlands tie at 19, with a tuition of $11,340 per year.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $4,604
#2 #2 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $6,864
#3 #3 Touro University Nevada Annual Tuition $6,930
#4 #4 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $7,133
#5 #5 Lamar University Annual Tuition $7,425
#6 #6 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $7,472
#7 #7 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $8,081
#8 #8 Lubbock Christian University Annual Tuition $8,100
#9 #9 Salem College Annual Tuition $8,160
#10 #10 Kansas State University Annual Tuition $8,518
#11 #11 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $8,520
#12 #12 Liberty University Annual Tuition $9,960
#13 #13 Concordia University-Irvine Annual Tuition $9,990
#14 #14 Capella University Annual Tuition $10,064
#15 #15 Lehigh University Annual Tuition $10,170
#16 #16 Missouri Baptist University Annual Tuition $10,421
#17 #17 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $10,530
#18 #18 Prescott College Annual Tuition $10,764
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Chaminade University of Honolulu Annual Tuition $11,340
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $11,340
#21 #21 Angelo State University Annual Tuition $12,334
#22 #22 University of the Southwest Annual Tuition $12,579
#23 #23 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $12,792
#24 #24 Adams State University Annual Tuition $13,050
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,613
  • 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: $6,864
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,008
  • 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: $6,930
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,106
  • 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: $7,133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • 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: $7,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,693
  • Example Classes:
    Career Development in Schools; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Crisis Prevention and Intervention; Human Sexuality and Counseling Applications; Measurement and Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $7,472
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,484
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment Procedures for Counselors; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $8,081
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • 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: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 441
  • 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: $8,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 156
  • 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: $8,518
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,307
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment of Academic Advising; College Students with Special Needs; Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics; Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising; Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising
  • Annual Tuition: $8,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,341
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention; Counseling the College Student; Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling; Law in Postsecondary Higher Education; Student Affairs Practice and Administration; Study of the Individual in Higher Education
  • Annual Tuition: $9,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,706
  • 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: $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; Educational Research: Methods and Analysis; Psychopathology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,064
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,176
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues in School Counseling; Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations; Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management; Developmental School Counseling and Student Services; Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling; Theories of Counseling and Guidance for Children and Adolescents
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,979
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling and Therapeutic Approaches; Culture-Centered Career Intervention; Current Issues in Counseling and Therapy; Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs in K-12
  • Annual Tuition: $10,421
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,100
  • 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: $10,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 306
  • 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: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 347
  • 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: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 597
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Counseling: School; Family Systems Approach to Counseling; Health, Stress Management, and Counseling; Relationship Counseling; School Counseling; Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,611
  • 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: $12,334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,549
  • Example Classes:
    Career and Occupational Counseling; Dysfunctional Behavior; Lifespan Development; Social and Cultural Influences; Theories of Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,579
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 558
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis and Trauma Interventions; Human Sexuality; Introduction to Addictions Counseling; Professional and Ethical Issues in School Counseling; Program Development and Management; Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $12,792
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • 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: $13,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,356
  • Example Classes:
    Comprehensive School Counseling; Counseling Modalities School Setting; Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma; Group Counseling; Professional School Counseling Introduction; Professional School Counseling Issues
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