2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in School Counseling

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

With annual tuitions under $15,000, these 25 online colleges offer the most affordable master's in school counseling programs. At #1, University of the Cumberlands offers an online Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling P-12 for only $4,725 per year. Classes for this program include Counseling Aspects of Grief and Loss, Counseling Individuals with Diverse Needs, Group Counseling in Public Schools, Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling, and Personality and Psychological Assessment. Arkansas State University comes in second place, with an affordable tuition rate of $4,986 per year.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of the Cumberlands $4,725
# 2 #2 Arkansas State University $4,986
# 3 #3 Campbellsville University $5,382
# 4 #4 Albany State University $5,400
# 5 #5 West Texas A&M University $5,667
# 6 #6 University of Missouri $6,562
# 7 #7 Lamar University $6,600
# 8 #8 Touro University Nevada $7,020
# 9 #9 Southern Arkansas University $7,480
# 10 #10 University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 11 #11 Liberty University $8,300
# 12 #12 Salem College $8,400
# 13 #13 Lubbock Christian University $8,424
# 14 #14 Kansas State University $8,613
# 15 #15 Concordia University-Irvine $10,260
# 16 #16 Creighton University $10,386
# 17 #17 Prescott College $10,764
# 18 #18 Missouri Baptist University $10,829
# 19 #19 Southeastern Oklahoma State University $11,130
# 20 #20 University of North Dakota $11,136
# 21 #21 Adams State University $11,310
# 22 #22 University of the Southwest $13,125
# 23 #23 College of William and Mary $13,300
# 24 #24 Southwestern Assemblies of God University $14,280
# 25 #25 Capella University $14,610
#1
#1

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
Annual Tuition: $4,725
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 549-2200

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling P-12
#2
#2

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $4,986
Annual Tuition: $4,986
Annual Tuition: $4,986
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1196
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,259
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 972-2100

Example Classes: Crisis Counseling, Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling, Group Counseling, Psycho-Social Aspects of Development, Psychological Testing, Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in College Student Personnel Services
  • MS in Education - School Counseling
#3
#3

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $5,382
Annual Tuition: $5,382
Annual Tuition: $5,382
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1153
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 529
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (270) 789-5000 x5000

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. in Education in School Counseling (P-12)
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 19%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 750 -900
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,084
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 205
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 430-4600

Example Classes: Crisis Counseling And Intervention, Exceptional Child, Group Counseling and Dynamics, Prevention, Intervention & Consulation, Research and Program Evaluation for Counselors, School Counseling in P-12 Settings

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master in Counselor Education - School Counseling
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,667
Annual Tuition: $5,667
Annual Tuition: $5,667
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,315
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,067
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 651-0000

Example Classes: Counseling Interventions with Children and Adolescents, Cross-cultural Counseling, Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling, Essential Helping Skills of Counseling, Introduction to Play Therapy, Sexuality Across the Lifespan

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in School Counseling
#6
#6

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - Educational Psychology with a focus in Student Learning and Well-Being
  • Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - Mental Health Practices in Schools
  • Master of Education in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology - school counselor: elementary and secondary certification
#7
#7

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,069
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (409) 880-7011

Example Classes: Career Development in Schools, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Human Sexuality and Counseling Applications, Measurement and Assessment

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Counseling and Development - Professional School Counseling
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
#8
#8

Touro University Nevada

Henderson (NV)
Annual Tuition: $7,020
Annual Tuition: $7,020
Annual Tuition: $7,020
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 65
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 233
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (702) 777-8687

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - School Counseling
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $7,480
Annual Tuition: $7,480
Annual Tuition: $7,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 608
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 235-4000

Example Classes: Assessment Procedures for Counselors, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Counseling in a Diverse Society, Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Affairs
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 777
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

Example Classes: Advanced Techniques, Introduction to Counseling, Legal and Ethical Issues, Theories of Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling
#11
#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $8,300
Annual Tuition: $8,300
Annual Tuition: $8,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MED: School Counseling
#12
#12

Salem College

Winston Salem (NC)
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 66
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (336) 721-2600

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in School Counseling
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $8,424
Annual Tuition: $8,424
Annual Tuition: $8,424
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 955 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 14
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 796-8800

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in School Counseling
#14
#14

Kansas State University

Manhattan (KS)
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
Annual Tuition: $8,613
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Academic Advising
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
Annual Tuition: $10,260
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 91
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,865
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (949) 854-8002

Example Classes: Career Counseling and Development, Counseling Diverse Populations, Counseling Exceptional Children, Crises Response, Interventions, and Management, Educational Research: Methods and Analysis, Psychopathology

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $10,386
Annual Tuition: $10,386
Annual Tuition: $10,386
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1350
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 101
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,934
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 280-2700

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health
  • Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health - Elementary School Counceling
  • Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health - PK-12 Guidance Counseling
  • Master of Science in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health - Secondary School Counseling
#17
#17

Prescott College

Prescott (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $10,764
Annual Tuition: $10,764
Annual Tuition: $10,764
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 171
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 364
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 350-2100

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MEd in School Counseling
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $10,829
Annual Tuition: $10,829
Annual Tuition: $10,829
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 234
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 292
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 434-1115

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling (School)
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $11,130
Annual Tuition: $11,130
Annual Tuition: $11,130
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 830
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,284
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Counseling Children and Adolescents, Human Growth and Development in Counseling, Psychopathology and Treatment Planning in Counseling, School Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice, Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.Ed. School Counseling
#20
#20

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $11,136
Annual Tuition: $11,136
Annual Tuition: $11,136
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

Example Classes: Educational Collaboration, Elementary School Counseling, Middle School Counseling, School-Based Family Counseling, Secondary School Counseling, Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling: K-12 School Counseling Emphasis
#21
#21

Adams State University

Alamosa (CO)
Annual Tuition: $11,310
Annual Tuition: $11,310
Annual Tuition: $11,310
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 870 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 386
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,041
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (719) 587-7011

Example Classes: Comprehensive School Counseling, Counseling Modalities School Setting, Crisis, Disaster, and Trauma, Group Counseling, Professional School Counseling Introduction, Professional School Counseling Issues

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $13,125
Annual Tuition: $13,125
Annual Tuition: $13,125
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 18%
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 83
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 534
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 392-6561

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MSE School Counseling
#23
#23

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $13,300
Annual Tuition: $13,300
Annual Tuition: $13,300
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 57%
  • Graduation Rate: 91%
  • Acceptance Rate: 36%
  • Average SATs: 1310 -1490
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 221-4000

Example Classes: Advanced Issues in Professional School Counseling, Current Trends and Legal Issues in Educating Special Populations, Prevention and Intervention within Public Schools, Substance Abuse and Society, Theories & Strategies for Counseling School-Aged Children

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling - School Counseling
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
Annual Tuition: $14,280
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 727
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 371
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (888) 937-7248

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in School Counseling
#25
#25

Capella University

Minneapolis (MN)
Annual Tuition: $14,610
Annual Tuition: $14,610
Annual Tuition: $14,610
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,815
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 27,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 227-3552

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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)