The 37 Best Affordable Online Master's in Counseling
An online master’s in counseling can equal a rewarding career but can cost a small fortune—as much as $65,315! With the average salary of graduates just under $50,000 and student loan debt soaring, it pays to do your research before choosing an online counseling degree.
GetEducated compared 93 master’s programs in counseling from 54 regionally accredited online schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 37 Best Buys for an affordable online master’s in counseling. All degrees cost less than of $32,000.
Average Cost (In-state): $31,374.51
Least Expensive: Amberton University ~$9,125.00
Most Expensive: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ~$65,315.00
Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online bachelor’s in sociology. The online counseling degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.
Most Affordable Online Master’s in Counseling
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Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.
1 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
2 Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) & Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
3 Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
4 Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
6 National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
14 Program is no longer offered online.
Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2016 review of regionally accredited online master’s in counseling programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.
The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.
Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master's degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion. Each ranking list is calculated every two years. The next survey to identify the cheapest online counseling graduate degree will be undertaken in Fall 2018.
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