The 18 colleges that make up our 2018 list of best schools for a master's degree in counseling were selected based on reviews from current and past students. Our #1 choice is Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus which received a 100% student recommendation review and an overall student score of 99.23. In second place, Governors State University has a student score of 92.89 and an affordable in-state tuition of $10,372 .
One student from Indiana University of Pennsylvania commented, “IUP offers the best 'bang for your buck; when it comes to a graduate school education. The faculty is highly invested in the students' best interests, and will go above and beyond to ensure that everyone is receiving the best quality of education and support. Faculty is also very willing to go out of their way to offer research opportunities that are aimed at developing future work-related skills." Likewise, a student from Mississippi College said, "Mississippi College's graduate program is amazing. The department head is wonderful and the classes are small which helps to have a better relationship with the professor." Take a look through the list below and click on the college names to learn more about these programs.
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.