Online Masters Degree Programs in Counseling That are the Cheapest

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The average tuition charged by schools around the country offering online masters degree in counseling programs is $11,940 yearly. Over the past few years, there has been a 17.2% increase in the average tuition. The annual average tuition at these online schools in 2007 was $10,189.

The tuition range for colleges offering online counseling programs at the masters level from highest to lowest cost is displayed in the following graph:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 15
Low cost 15
Average cost 16
Most expensive 16

The most expensive colleges that offer online masters degree in counseling programs require students to pay a yearly tuition of over $17,856. However, annual tuition charged by the cheapest schools ranges from $1,714 to $5,406. The accredited online counseling masters degree schools that are the least expensive are located in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Master of Science in Counseling – Marital and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Forensic and Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science in Counseling – Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy
  • Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling – Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science in Biblical Counseling
  • Master of Science in Dietetics – Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

In 2011, these low tuition programs graduated approximately 26% of counseling graduates with masters degrees from online colleges and universities in the nation. Therefore, of the 680,039 graduates from across the country, 179,347 are from the least costly colleges. Between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of counseling graduates with masters degrees from the lowest cost online schools has increased, while the number of graduates has also increased by 42,705 graduates per year.

Other somewhat more expensive cost online counseling masters degree colleges and universities charge students tuition ranging from $5,436 to $8,466 yearly. Of the 62 online colleges and universities that offer masters degrees in counseling programs in the nation, 15 charge students tuition in this range.

In 2011, 37.2% of the country’s counseling masters level graduates received their certificates from these cheap online programs. This represents 253,228 students. The number of students graduating from these colleges was only 181,535 students in 2006, which was only 5 years prior. Therefore, from these cheap online colleges and universities, the number of students graduating has increased by 40%.

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1. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
2. Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, Louisiana $3,002 $10,744
3. University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina $3,044 $14,091
4. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
5. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia $3,763 $14,155
6. Montana State University Billings, Montana $3,988 $9,888
7. Utah State University Logan, Utah $4,047 $13,031
8. Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Georgia $4,274 $15,888
9. University of Texas Tyler, Texas $4,920 $14,220
10. University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York $4,970 $13,380
11. Luther Rice University Lithonia, Georgia $5,016 $5,016
12. University of Tennessee Martin, Tennessee $5,132 $17,542
13. University of Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas $5,228 $14,175
14. University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas $5,235 $10,470
15. West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia $5,406 $17,002
16. University of Mississippi University, Mississippi $5,436 $13,890
17. University of West Alabama Livingston, Alabama $5,464 $10,928
18. California University of Pennsylvania California, Pennsylvania $5,804 $9,288
19. Saint Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minnesota $5,862 $13,796
20. University of Texas El Paso, Texas $6,076 $17,236

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