2018 Best Schools for a Master's in Counseling

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The eight colleges that make up our 2018 list of best schools for an online master's degree in counseling were selected based on reviews from current and past students. Our #1 choice is Liberty University which received a 100% student recommendation review and has a very affordable tuition rate which is currently set at $8,475. Many of the entries have similar annual tuitions with Lamar University's in-state tuition set at $7,898, Lock Haven University's set at $11,328, and the University of the Southwest's set at $12,528.

One student from Regent University commented, “Regent's online degree program provides the best value for the quality of education. You can expect to be held to national standards, and compete with peers and senior scholars alike. Despite the distance, the effective and efficient use of technology promotes a sense of closeness between cohort members." Likewise, a student from Wake Forest University said, "My graduate program has been rigorous and mentally stimulating. My professors are easy to talk to and get in touch with and are always willing to help." Take a look through the list below and click on the college names to learn more about these online programs.

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Rank College Campus Location 2018 Student Score
#1 #1 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Campus Location Indiana (and 2 others) 2018 Student Score 99.23
#2 #2 Governors State University Campus Location University Park (IL) 2018 Student Score 92.89
#3 #3 The College of New Rochelle Campus Location New Rochelle (NY) 2018 Student Score 92.33
#4 #4 Mississippi College Campus Location Clinton (MS) 2018 Student Score 88.00
#5 #5 University of Cincinnati Campus Location Cincinnati, Batavia (OH) 2018 Student Score 87.35
#6 #6 San Diego State University Campus Location San Diego (CA) 2018 Student Score 87.33
#7 #7 University of North Texas Campus Location Denton (TX) 2018 Student Score 87.29
#8 #8 The University of Texas at San Antonio Campus Location San Antonio (TX) 2018 Student Score 86.94
#9 #9 Nova Southeastern University Campus Location Fort Lauderdale (FL) 2018 Student Score 85.48
#10 #10 University of Wyoming Campus Location Laramie (WY) 2018 Student Score 85.25
#11 #11 New York University Campus Location New York (NY) 2018 Student Score 84.64
#12 #12 University of North Florida Campus Location Jacksonville (FL) 2018 Student Score 84.44
#13 #13 Hofstra University Campus Location Hempstead (NY) 2018 Student Score 83.95
#14 #14 Palm Beach Atlantic University Campus Location West Palm Beach, Orlando (FL) 2018 Student Score 83.67
#15 #15 Loyola University Maryland Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2018 Student Score 82.78
#16 #16 Southern Methodist University Campus Location Dallas (TX) 2018 Student Score 82.40
#17 #17 Saint Edward's University Campus Location Austin (TX) 2018 Student Score 81.32
#18 #18 Marymount University Campus Location Arlington (VA) 2018 Student Score 80.48
#19 #19 Fordham University Campus Location Bronx (NY) 2018 Student Score 80.00


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.