List of Accredited Online Degrees

Online Counseling Degrees Prepare Graduates for Great Careers
Some people are just easier to talk to than others; they listen and they give good advice. Are you one of those people? Perhaps you should consider a profession in therapy or counseling. Online counseling degrees, in particular, offer the most flexibility to pursue your education while you still work.

Counseling isn’t just listening to someone complain while they lay on a sofa. Counselors are found in many settings—schools, police departments, mental health clinics, and even large corporations.  

These professionals help people figure out what they want to do with their lives, get along with others, cope with mental health issues, and fight addiction.

THE CAREER PATH

You probably want to help people, right? That is one of the main things that those who pursue an online counseling degree have in common. But, depending on what your goals are you may want to narrow your counseling major to substance abuse counseling, family therapy, organizational psychology, etc. This allows you to specialize in an area that interests you and allow you to make the most difference in people’s lives.

These are some of the most common counseling careers with statistics taken from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Mental Health Counseling
    These professionals sometimes work in clinical settings with psychiatrists, social workers, or other mental health professionals. Many help people who have been diagnosed with illnesses such as bipolar disorder or anxiety find ways to cope and find balance in their lives.
    Salary: $41.880 annually
    Career Outlook: 20% growth from 2014 -2024
     
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
    Often in a rehabilitation facility or as a community social worker, counselors who focus on substance abuse help people who struggle with addiction.
    Salary: $42,030 annually
    Career Outlook: 22% growth from 2014 – 2024
     
  • Career Counseling
    Many people – perhaps even like you – struggle with what career they want to pursue. There are so many to choose from! These counselors work with their clients to pin down their skill-set and goals, so they can find the profession that is right for them.
    Salary: $42,030 annually
    Career Outlook: 12% growth from 2014 – 2024
     
  • School Counseling
    Depending on where you work and what you specialize in, you may be helping older students figure out what college to go or talking with elementary students about topics like bullying.
    Salary: $53,660 annually
    Career Outlook: 8% growth from 2014 – 2024
     
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
    These professionals help families and couples communicate better with each other. Sometimes, they even save people’s marriages or improve parent’s relationships with their children. 
    Salary: $48,600 annually
    Career Outlook: 19% growth from 2014 -2024

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

As a counselor you may come across situations that are emotionally challenging. Because of this, it is important that you consider how well you can function in that type of environment. Can you distance yourself?  Other necessary attributes for this career include a desire to communicate with others and being concerned for other people’s welfare.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

If you do decide that an online counseling degree is the right for you, there are many different schools and programs you can choose from.

Depending on what you would like to specialize in and whether you have another degree, you can either get an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or even doctorate degree in counseling or mental health. If you’re a career changer with a previous bachleor’s degree in a different subject area consider a master’s degree or a graduate certificate.

All counseling degree programs will include coursework on:

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Counseling and Ethical Practice
  • Human Growth and Development

As you do your research to find the right school, keep in mind that some accreditations make it easier to pass national certification exams. For instance, some online counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) which ensures that schools have the necessary courses needed to be prepared for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

COST

Another important thing to consider is the cost of online counseling degrees. While it is important to get the right education to pursue the career of your dreams, we all have to think of our pocketbooks.

GetEducated’s 2017 rankings reveal the average cost of a bachelor's level online psychology degree to be around $51,500. An online master’s in counseling costs just under $31,500, on average. Keep these figures in mind as you look at the tuition at different colleges and remember to also consider the cost per credit hour and how many credit hours are required to graduate.


     Browse 84 online counseling degrees below.
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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science / Trauma

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Trauma degree program provides students with the foundation to enter the field as behavioral health technicians or speciali...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science / Childhood & Adolescence Disorders

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree program prepares students with the skills and training to work in various settin...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Mental Health & Wellness

At Grand Canyon University, the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness gives students the opportunity to develop expertise in biological, social, cultural and spiritual factors that impac...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    34
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Childhood & Adolescence Disorders

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders program is designed for students interested in becoming professional counselors. The progra...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    74
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Trauma

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma program is designed for students interested in becoming professional counselors. It prepares students to understand, ass...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    74
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Bachelor of Science in Psychology / Life-Coaching

Liberty University offers an online Bachelor of Science degree program with an emphasis in Life Coaching.  The flexible online format allows for professional students to earn a valuable degre...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling / Business

Liberty University offers an online Master of Arts in Human Services degree with a concentration in Business.  The online format allows busy professional students to earn a valuable degree wh...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling / Christian Ministries

Liberty University offers an online Master of Arts in Human Services degree with a concentration in Christian Ministry.  The online format allows busy professional students to earn a valuable...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling / Family Advocacy, Public Policy & the Future

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future program prepares you to positively impact families in your community. You wil...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)

Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree program is designed to help strengthen the knowledge and expertise required for state licensure and national certificati...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)

Fuel your desire to make a difference to individuals and groups, while expanding your therapeutic reach. The Capella Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy master's degree program will prepare...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    92
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)

Mental health counseling is projected to grow 29 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Capella online Master&rsqu...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Clinical Counseling

The Capella Master’s in Clinical Counseling program lays the foundation for you to make a difference for clients with emotional or mental health difficulties. Our curriculum provides an educ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    75
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)

Capella University's online PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program prepares you to lead in the counseling profession. This program includes online coursework, residencies, ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter

Master of Science Mental Health Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science Rehabilitation Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    45
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Community Counselor License

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    45
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / Trauma and Disaster Relief

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Associate of Arts in Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan Holiness

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Arts in Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Wesleyan Holiness

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    129
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Certificate in Bereavement Studies

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    United Brethren Church

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    48
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Professional Preparation Program in Counseling & Development

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    16
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Counseling

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Interdenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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