2018 Best Schools for an Online Master's in Counseling

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This year we have eight programs on our best schools for an online master's in counseling list. These schools distinguished themselves from their competitors through reviews submitted to us by former and current students. There are a number of affordable colleges on this list, including Lamar University, which costs $7,898 for in-state tuition, Liberty University, which charges $8,475, and Lock Haven University which has an in-state tuition is $11,328. Students who can afford a slightly larger bill can take a look at Wake Forest University which has a current tuition is $36,846 or LeTourneau University which charges $19,575 per year.

About our #1 school, Liberty University, one student remarked, "I love the quality of the relationships built with the staff, even though I am an online student! Everyone is so helpful and always so available!" Another student agreed with this assessment, stating,“Liberty University's graduate program for online students is convenient for busy adults who cannot attend school on campus. The professors are always willing to answer my questions and pray for me when I'm faced with personal difficulties. My fellow classmates are from diverse backgrounds and their views help to broaden mine on certain issues." To read more about these exceptional schools, click on the university names below.

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Rank College 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Liberty University 2018 Student Score 90.10
#2 #2 Lamar University 2018 Student Score 89.49
#3 #3 Mid-America Christian University 2018 Student Score 87.14
#4 #4 Regent University Online 2018 Student Score 85.79
#5 #5 LeTourneau University 2018 Student Score 85.59
#6 #6 University of the Southwest 2018 Student Score 82.38
#7 #7 Wake Forest University 2018 Student Score 81.18
#8 #8 Lock Haven University 2018 Student Score 79.81


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.