2017 Top Graduate Schools for Online Counseling Degrees

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This is a list of the top nine universities offering online master's degrees in counseling, based on student reviews. Possibly the most well-known national university on our list is Wake Forest University, which offers several online counseling degree tracks including clinical mental health, school counseling, and human services. Several Christian universities including Regent University Online, Liberty University and Mid-America Christian University are also on the list. The cost of a graduate degree in counseling varies by institution; tuition at Wake Forest University is $36,846 per year while Liberty University has an annual tuition of $8,475.

Overall, graduates of Liberty University gave the school high marks for providing a supportive environment for adult online students. One student wrote, “The academic advisers assisted me in picking all of my classes. Financial aid walked me through the entire process and ensured that everything was complete in a timely fashion. The professors are very helpful and understanding of the needs of adult learners.” Click on the names of the schools listed below to learn more about all of out top online graduate counseling degrees.

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Rank College 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Lamar University 2017 Student Score 90.45
#2 #2 Liberty University 2017 Student Score 88.89
#3 #3 Nova Southeastern University 2017 Student Score 85.55
#4 #4 Regent University Online 2017 Student Score 85.00
#5 #5 University of the Southwest 2017 Student Score 84.90
#6 #6 Mid-America Christian University 2017 Student Score 83.48
#7 #7 LeTourneau University 2017 Student Score 83.06
#8 #8 Lock Haven University 2017 Student Score 80.64
#9 #9 Wake Forest University 2017 Student Score 80.14


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 2017 Top Online Programs List, at least five students from that particular major 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 your 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.