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The 37 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Counseling

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An online master’s in counseling can equal a rewarding career but can cost a small fortune—as much as $65,315! According to Payscale, the average salary of graduates just under $50,000. With 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

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Amberton University
(TX)
$9,125.00
All Students
2
Winston-Salem State University
(NC)
$11,371.40
$40,539.20
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$12,271.94
All Students
4
University of Oklahoma
(OK)
$12,594.44
$31,985.25
In-State
Out-of-State
5
Fort Valley State University
(GA)
$13,268.00
All Students
6
Clarks Summit University
(PA)
$14,550.00
All Students
7
University of South Dakota
(SD)
$14,587.65
All Students
8
Liberty University
(VA)
$17,050.00
$8,350.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
9
University of North Texas
(TX)
$17,181.60
$21,079.68
In-State
Out-of-State
10
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$18,096.00
All Students
11
Utah State University
(UT)
$18,287.46
$20,488.00
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$18,290.00
$14,890.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
13
Regent University
(VA)
$18,850.00
All Students
14
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
(TX)
$19,170.00
All Students
15
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$19,290.00
$15,690.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
16
Montana State University-Billings
(MT)
$19,491.00
$32,994.00
In-State
Out-of-State
17
Hampton University
(VA)
$21,545.00
All Students
18
University of Houston-Victoria
(TX)
$22,344.00
$46,824.00
In-State
Out-of-State
19
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$24,300.00
All Students
20
University of Kentucky
(KY)
$24,472.00
All Students
21
Indiana Wesleyan University
(IN)
$24,960.00
All Students
22
George Mason University
(VA)
$25,137.00
$32,970.00
In-State
Out-of-State
23
Bethel College-Indiana
(IN)
$26,100.00
All Students
24
Capella University
MS - Studies in Human Behavior
(MN)
$26,160.00
All Students
25
Capella University
(MN)
$26,264.00
All Students
26
University of Wisconsin-Stout
(WI)
$26,784.00
All Students
27
Adler Graduate School
(MN)
$26,900.00
All Students
28
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$26,980.00
All Students
29
West Virginia University
(WV)
$27,183.00
All Students
30
Touro University Worldwide
(CA)
$27,200.00
All Students
31
Liberty University
(VA)
$27,220.00
$13,300.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
32
Huntington University
(IN)
$27,440.00
All Students
33
Clarks Summit University
(PA)
$29,100.00
All Students
34
American International College
(MA)
$29,220.00
All Students
35
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$30,000.00
All Students
36
Crown College
(MN)
$30,450.00
All Students
37
University of Massachusetts-Boston
(MA)
$31,200.00
All Students
37
University of Massachusetts-Boston
(MA)
$31,200.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Bellevue University
(NE)
$32,700.00
All Students
Grand Canyon University
Master of Science in Professional Counseling
(AZ)
$33,145.00
$26,945.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$33,325.00
All Students
Liberty University
(VA)
$34,000.00
$16,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Grace College and Theological Seminary
(IN)
$36,580.00
All Students
Northwest University
(WA)
$36,600.00
All Students
Antioch University Online
(OH)
$37,500.00
All Students
Auburn University
(AL)
$37,888.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$38,610.00
All Students
The George Washington University
(DC)
$39,055.00
All Students
Grand Canyon University
Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Childhood & Adolescence Disorders
Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Marriage & Family Therapy
Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Trauma
(AZ)
$39,525.00
$32,125.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
LeTourneau University
(TX)
$40,740.00
All Students
Colorado Christian University
(CO)
$40,800.00
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$41,036.00
All Students
California Baptist University
(CA)
$42,160.00
All Students
Thomas University
(GA)
$42,240.00
All Students
Amridge University
(AL)
$43,895.00
All Students
Regent University
(VA)
$44,100.00
All Students
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$44,340.00
All Students
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$44,650.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$44,725.00
All Students
Palo Alto University
(CA)
$45,384.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$45,930.00
All Students
Capella University
MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (COAMFTE-accredited)
(MN)
$46,904.00
All Students
Union Institute & University
(OH)
$47,341.00
All Students
Prescott College
(AZ)
$50,040.00
All Students
Ottawa University
(KS)
$54,080.00
All Students
Medaille College
(NY)
$54,130.00
$48,832.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$65,315.00
All Students

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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.

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