The Complete List of CACREP Accredited Online Master’s in Counseling Programs 2018

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By Kirsten Hughes

April 2018

This list of online master’s counseling degree programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) will be a good resource for individuals wishing to advance their career in the field of counseling.

All the degrees listed here are CACREP accredited and available in an online or hybrid format. Most of the schools offer students the opportunity to attend 1-2 weeks of residency on campus in order to build relationships with peers and faculty and strengthen clinical skills.

Because these programs are all CACREP-accredited, graduates will be eligible to pursue licensure. Licensing requirements vary by state and applicants are encouraged to consult their home state licensing board for more information.

This list of the top 36 online master’s degrees in counseling offers students the ability to earn their degree from home and advance their professional career without disrupting their current work, family, and life commitments.

Read more about how we compiled this list by reading our methodology statement at the end of this article.

Ranking the CACREP-Accredited Online Master’s in Counseling by Affordability

#36 Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Online Master of Arts in Counseling

northwestern-university-evanston-il-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingA Master of Arts in Counseling is offered online at Northwestern University. This CACREP accredited program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Students will complete a comprehensive curriculum with the opportunity to complete a Child and Adolescent specialization. Students will travel to Chicago twice to complete a Group Dynamics Immersion to learn group counseling skills, and the Capstone Immersion Experience to highlight the students’ professional growth and development as a counselor. Graduates will be prepared to work towards professional licensure and certification.

Courses include: Counseling Methods: Skills for Counseling and Psychotherapy; Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy; Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling; Counseling Methods: Strategies for Counseling and Psychotherapy; Counseling Methods: Outreach, Prevention and Advocacy; Psychopathology in Counseling; Cultural Diversity in Counseling; Foundations of Family, Marital and Couples Counseling; and Career Development.

  • Cost: $4,353 / Credit Hour

#35 Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – School Counseling

wake-forest-university-winston-salem-nc-online-master-of-arts-in-counseling-clinical-mental-health-counseling-online-master-of-arts-in-counseling-school-counselingWake Forest University offers CACREP accredited online degrees with the Master of Arts in Counseling- Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Arts in Counseling-School Counseling. These degrees are offered online in a part-time format of study. Students will learn to work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Training is designed to prepare graduates to work in the setting of their choice from private practice to K-12 schools. Graduates will be prepared to work towards professional certification and licensure.

Unique Feature: The Counseling Department produces a podcast that highlights the counseling program and the research of faculty.

  • Cost: $1,380 / Credit Hour

#34 Adler University

Chicago, IL

Online Master’s in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

adler-university-chicago-il-online-masters-in-counseling-specialization-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingA Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered online at Alder University. Students can choose to complete this online program at a part-time or full-time pace. An emphasis is placed on training students to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic services and social justice advocacy to diverse populations. Electives are offered on topics such as Counseling and Human Sexuality; Technology Applications in Counseling; and Mind, Body, and Meditative Practices in Counseling. This CACREP accredited program will offer students the opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation and prepare graduates to pursue licensure as a licensed professional counselor.

Courses include: Adlerian Theory and Counseling; Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Counseling Theories; Counseling Skills; Counseling Multicultural Communities; Group Counseling; Treatment Planning and Intervention; Couple and Family Counseling; Human Growth and Development; and Career Development Theories and Interventions.

  • Cost: $1,265 / Credit Hour (Clinical) and $855 / Credit Hour (non-clinical)

#33 North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Online Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Education in School Counseling

Online Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development

north-carolina-state-university-raleigh-nc-online-master-of-educationNorth Carolina State University is able to offer several online CACREP accredited counseling degrees. Degrees available include Master of education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Master of Education in School Counseling; and a Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development. North Carolina State University works to offer flexible online programs to support the individual needs of working students. These degrees are offered to online students through a year-round, three-year, part-time cohort program. Students will develop relationships with their cohort to support their education and professional development.

Courses include: Career Counseling and Development; Cross Cultural Counseling; Theories and Techniques of Counseling; Group Counseling; Multicultural Lifespan Development in Educational Context; Clinical Assessment; Techniques of Counseling; Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Introduction to College Counseling and Student Development; and Introduction to School Counseling.

  • Cost: $1,132 / Credit Hour

#32 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Online

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

the-chicago-school-of-professional-psychology-online-new-smyrna-beach-fl-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingThe Chicago School of Professional Counseling offers an online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This CACREP accredited online counseling program can be completed in three years at a part-time pace. Along with the traditional settings that graduates work in such as private practice and community mental health centers, graduates will be prepared to utilize their skills in settings such as business; education; government; non-profit organizations; and integrated healthcare settings. Applicants interested in this program can check out the website to preview the online platform they would use to complete their graduate degree.

Courses content covers areas including: Ethics; Research; Program Evaluation; Diagnosis; Prevention; Counselor Identity; Assessment; Advocacy; and Multiculturalism.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $1,127 / Credit Hour

#31 University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

Online Master of Education in Counseling

university-of-alaska-fairbanks-fairbanks-ak-online-master-of-education-in-counselingA Master of Education in Counseling is offered online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. CACREP accredited specializations are offered in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. A distance education option is offered through a combination of audio conference, video conference, and online classes. Two courses need to be taken on campus in Fairbanks and are offered through a six-week summer session for students in the distance education program. During this time students learn valuable clinical skills through direct supervision from faculty to support the student’s professional development as a counselor.

Courses include: Research in Counseling and Educational Settings; Foundations of Counseling; Counseling Theories and Applications; Developmental Interventions; Child and Adolescent Development; Counseling Interventions for Adults; Career Development; School Counseling; Professional Ethics; Multicultural Psychopathology; Counseling for Addictions; and Family and Couples Therapy.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $979 / Credit Hour

#30 Antioch University New England

Keene, NH

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

antioch-university-new-england-keene-nh-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingAntioch University New England offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Antioch University offers this degree through a hybrid format and this program will be a good fit for students who live within a reasonable driving distance from the campus. Classes are offered online and one day a week in the classroom during the first and second years of the program with no on-campus classes during the third year. Students will engage in supervised fieldwork at a chosen location for internship and practicum requirements. This is a 60 credit CACREP accredited program that will prepare graduates for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor.

Courses include: Group Approaches to Counseling; Professional Orientation and Ethics; Assessment; Counseling Theories; Career and Lifestyle; Human Development; Social and Cultural Diversity; Family Counseling for Addiction; and Crisis and Trauma Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $949 / Credit Hour

#29 Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling

bradley-university-peoria-il-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingBradley University offers an online Master of Arts in Counseling with tracks of study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in Professional School Counseling. Students in this 60 credit online CACREP accredited graduate program will complete online coursework, internships and practicum experiences; and two one-week on-campus residencies. Students have the opportunity to choose their site supervisor, with the support of faculty, for practicum and internship clinical training. Students will work closely with their supervisor throughout their time in the program as they learn to provide therapeutic services for children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families.

Courses include: Research Methodology and Applications; Interpersonal Behavior and Organizational Leadership; Brain-Based Interventions; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Professional School Counseling; Special Education Law; Loss and Grief Counseling; Human Growth and Development; Neurocounseling: Bridging Brain and Behavior; Career and Life Planning Across the Life Span; Crisis Intervention Counseling; and Couples and Family Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $890 / Credit Hour

#28 North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

Online Master of Arts in Career Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

north-carolina-central-university-durham-nc-online-master-of-arts-in-career-counselingA Master of Arts in Career Counseling, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Master of Arts in School Counseling are all offered online at North Carolina Central University. Students can choose to focus their study in either mental health, school, or career counseling. The University emphasizes a commitment to social justice and serving diverse populations. Faculty mentor students throughout their time in the program as they develop into professional leaders in the field of counseling.

Program objectives include: The ability to counsel with cultural competence; attention to equity and social justice; understanding of a diverse world; effectively use diagnoses, diagnostic criteria, and diagnostic tools for mental and emotional disorders; the ability to evaluate the needs of K-12 students; promotion of safe schools; and apply legal and ethical standards to practice.

  • Credits Required: 48 – 60
  • Cost: $867 / Credit Hour

#27 Union Institute and University

Cincinnati, OH

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

union-institute-and-university-cincinnati-oh-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingUnion Institute and University offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This CACREP accredited program is offered through the hybrid format with a combination of online courses and face-to-face residencies offered twice a year. This is a 60 credit program that can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace with a number of start dates offered each year. Students will have the opportunity to engage and build supportive relationships with fellow students and faculty members as they work towards their graduate degree. A number of electives are offered for students to choose from such as Crisis Intervention, and Military Culture: Enhancing Clinical Competence.

Courses include: Counseling Theory and Practice; Helping Relationships; Professional Orientation and Ethics; Human Growth and Development; Group Work and Therapy; Appraisal and Diagnostic Techniques; Treatment Modalities; Social Basis of Behavior and Cultural Diversity; Career and Lifestyle Development; Research Methods and Program Evaluation; Clinical Consultation; and Tests and Measurements.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $810 / Credit Hour

#26 Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Online Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

lamar-university-beaumont-tx-online-master-of-education-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingLamar University offers a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This 60 credit CACREP accredited program trains students in the theory and practice of clinical mental health counseling. Students will learn to work effectively with diverse populations of individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of mental health challenges. Students will be prepared to pursue professional licensure and applicants should consult their home state licensing board to determine that state educational requirements are met. Graduates have gone on to be leaders in the field of mental health counseling in settings including community mental health clinics, private practice, hospitals, and school-based programs.

Courses include: Measurement and Assessment; Multicultural Counseling; Professionalism, Ethics and the Law; Human Growth and Development; Career Development; Crisis Prevention and Intervention; and Abnormal Human Behavior.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $758 / Credit Hour

#25 Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

lock-haven-university-lock-haven-pa-online-master-of-science-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingA Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered online at Lock Haven University. This 60 credit CACREP accredited program is available 100% online and offers both virtual synchronous and asynchronous courses. Students are supported throughout the program with mentoring and supervision as they work to develop their professional identity. Students will complete 51 credits of core coursework and 9 credits of a speciality track in one of the following: child and adolescent track; military/veteran track; and generalized clinical mental health counseling specialization. Graduates will be prepared to provide clinical interventions to diverse populations struggling with a range of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Courses include: Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a Profession; Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy; Assessment & Testing in Mental Health Counseling; Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling; Skills and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Career Development and Counseling; Addiction Counseling; Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis; Advanced Counseling Skills; Family and Couples Therapy; and Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $750 / Credit Hour

#24 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

Online Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Education in Professional School Counseling

university-of-north-carolina-at-pembroke-online-master-of-arts-in-educationThe University of North Carolina at Pembroke offers an online Master of Arts in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an online Master of Arts in Education in Professional School Counseling. These CACREP accredited graduate degrees require the completion of 60 credit hours. The program focuses on training culturally competent professional counselors and therapists to work in mental health and school settings with diverse populations. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional licensure as a school counselor or clinical mental health counselor.

Courses include: Professional and Ethical Issues; Counseling Skills and Techniques; Research and Program Evaluation; Theories of Counseling; Career Counseling and Development; Lifespan Development; Groups in Counseling; Assessment Practices in Counseling; Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling; the Professional School Counselor; Counseling Children and Adolescents; Crisis Intervention; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; and Gender and Sexuality Issues in Counseling.

  • Cost: $736 / Credit Hour

#23 St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

Online Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Science in Education School Counseling

st-bonaventure-university-st-bonaventure-ny-online-master-of-science-in-educationA Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Science in Education in School Counseling is offered online at St. Bonaventure University. These CACREP accredited degrees are designed to be affordable and accessible for all students. The program reports that 95% of students complete the program and 90% of graduates successfully become licensed and/or certified in their field of study.

Courses include: Introduction to the Profession of Counseling; Advanced Human Growth and Development; Theories and Techniques of Counseling; Abnormal Psychology; Professional Practice of Counseling; Group Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Internship in School Counseling; and Interventions for School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $733 / Credit Hour

#22 Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Therapy

regent-university-virginia-beach-va-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingRegent University offers several online counseling degrees including the CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in School Counseling; and Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy. The 60 credit online counseling degrees at Regent University integrate biblical principles throughout the curriculum and training. Students will learn how to work effectively with diverse populations of children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families experiencing a range mental health challenges and circumstances. Students can select the degree that matches their professional area of interest and will graduate ready to pursue the career of their choice in settings such as mental health clinics; private practice; hospitals; church counseling centers; and K-12 educational centers.

Courses include: Orientation to the Counseling Profession; Counseling Skills and Techniques; Theories of Counseling; Assessment Techniques in Counseling; Addiction Therapies for individuals and Families; Psychopathology and Diagnosis; Human Growth and Development; Ethics, Professional Orientation and Legal Issues in Counseling; Crisis, Trauma and Clinical Mental Health; Treatment Planning; Multicultural Counseling; and Counseling and Christian Thought.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $710 / Credit Hour

#21 Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO

Online Master of Arts in Counseling

colorado-christian-university-lakewood-co-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingA CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Counseling is offered online at Colorado Christian University. This is a 60 credit online program including residencies. The program is offered through a Christian framework that offers students the opportunity to develop the skills to effectively integrate faith with counseling theory in the professional clinical practice. Coursework is comprehensive and will prepare graduates for the National Counselor Examination and for professional licensure. Licensure requirements vary by state and applicants are encouraged to consult their home state licensing board. The Counseling Program is currently waiving their application fee.

Courses include: Theological Foundations for Counseling; Spiritual Formation for Counseling; Counseling Skills; Psychopharmacology; Human Growth and Development; Crisis and Trauma; Marriage and Family; Theories of Groups and Group Counseling; Lifestyle and Career; and Social and Cultural Foundations.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $681 / Credit Hour

#20 University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

Online Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

university-of-kentucky-lexington-ky-online-masters-in-clinical-rehabilitation-counselingThe University of Kentucky offers an online Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling designed to be accessible to all students. This is an accelerated distance-learning program offered through asynchronous web-based instruction. Students can complete the 60 credit program in as little as 16 months. Some scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Graduates of the program will be prepared to collaborate with, and provide advocacy for, individuals with disabilities while attending to equality and social justice.

Courses include: Principles of Rehabilitation Counseling; Rehabilitation Counseling and Practice; Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability; Cultural Diversity in Rehabilitation Counseling; Rehabilitation Research and Program Evaluation; Group and Family Counseling; Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; and Placement Services and Techniques in Rehabilitation Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $674 / Credit Hour

#19 Hodges University

Fort Myers, FL

Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

hodges-university-fort-myers-fl-online-master-of-science-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingA Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is available online at Hodges University. This 60 credit, CACREP accredited program can be completed entirely online. Students will learn to work effectively with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. Students will learn about the range of theories and practices within the field of clinical mental health counseling and how to choose the specific theoretical orientation and set of clinical practices that are the best fit for themselves as a practitioner. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional licensure.

Courses include: Counseling Theories and Practice; Human Growth and Development; Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology; Group Theories and Practice; Individual Evaluation and Assessment; Career and Lifestyle Assessment; Research and Program Evaluation; Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling Practice; Counseling in Community Settings; Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards of Counseling Practice; and Human Sexuality.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $670 / Credit Hour

#18 Gallaudet University

Washington DC

Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

gallaudet-university-washington-dc-online-master-of-arts-in-school-counselingGallaudet University offers a summer and online CACREP accredited Master of Arts in School Counseling. This program is focused on training professional school counselors to provide multiculturally competent services to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students K-12 schools. Students in the program will develop a strong ethical practice with a commitment to social justice, equity, and advocacy for all students. This is a hybrid program offering courses online throughout the year with on-campus courses in the summers. The program can be completed in three years.

Courses include: Play Therapy; Substance Prevention for Children and Youth; Orientation to the Profession of School Counseling; Family Therapy; Lifespan Development; Introduction to Research for Counselors; Foundations in Helping Skills; Social and Cultural Diversity Foundations and Multicultural Counseling; Lifestyles and Career Development; Organizations and Administration of School Programs; School Based Group Counseling; and Crisis and Trauma Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 63
  • Cost: $668 / Credit Hour

#17 College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Online Master of Education in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Education in Counseling – School Counseling

college-of-william-and-mary-williamsburg-va-online-master-of-education-in-counselingA Master of Education in Counseling is offered online at the College of William and Mary. CACREP accredited tracks of study are available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Multiple start dates are offered throughout the year for this 60 credit program. Central to the graduate counseling program at the College of William and Mary is a commitment to social justice and cultural responsiveness. Students will be trained to work in a range of settings with diverse populations through a robust curriculum and ongoing engagement with fellow students and faculty.

Courses include: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy; Techniques of Counseling; Group Theory and Techniques; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling; Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling; Substance Abuse and Society; Introduction to Professional School Counseling; Human Growth and Development; Career Development; The Counselor and Psychopathology; Marriage and Family Counseling; Couples Counseling and Sex Therapy; and Prevention and Intervention within Public Schools.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $665 / Credit Hour

#16 Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – School Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

messiah-college-mechanicsburg-pa-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingMessiah College offers a CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Counseling online with specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; School Counseling; and Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. Each track of study requires the completion of 60 credits. Students will complete core coursework online along with on-campus residencies and internships in their area of specialty. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional licensure and work in the setting of their choice.

Courses include: Professional Issues and Ethics for Counselors; Lifespan Development; Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals; Counseling Theories; Career Counseling Across the Lifespan; Group Counseling; Spiritual Formation and Faith-Based Counseling; Counseling Techniques; Assessment Techniques for Individuals, Couples and Families; Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Psychopathology and Diagnosis Across the Lifespan; Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Substance Abuse/Addiction and Families; Premarital and Marital Counseling; and Foundations of School Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $660 / Credit Hour

#15 Thomas University

Thomasville, GA

Online Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

thomas-university-thomasville-ga-online-master-of-science-in-clinical-rehabilitation-and-mental-health-counselingA Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is offered online at Thomas University. This is a 60 credit CACREP accredited program with the option to complete 12 additional credits for an Addictions Specialization. Students can complete this program fully online along with internship and practicum experiences in their hometown. Students will work closely with their academic advisor as they work their way through the program. The program will prepare graduates to successfully complete the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam as well as their state Licensed Professional Counselor Examination.

Courses include: Introduction to Counseling; Substance Abuse Counseling Methods; Medical Aspects of Disability; Crisis Counseling; Psychosocial and Multicultural Aspects of Disability; Theories and Techniques of Counseling; Case Management and Community Resources; Assessment and Evaluation; Psychopathology and Diagnosis; Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Issues in Counseling; Human Sexuality; Marriage and Family Counseling; and Human Growth and Development.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $655 / Credit Hour

#14 Malone University

Canton, OH

Online Master of Arts in Education in Counseling and Human Development

malone-university-canton-oh-online-master-of-arts-in-education-in-counseling-and-human-developmentMalone University offers a CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Education in Counseling and Human Development. Students interested in earning their degree online will be able to complete the 60 credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program track. Students can select from a hybrid format or a fully online track. Graduates will be prepared to pursue licensure as a professional counselor and work in settings such as private practice, mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, schools, and churches.

Courses include: Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy; Human Growth and Development; Group Dynamics, Process, and Counseling; Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling; Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling; Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Diagnosis of Mental Disorders; Addictions Counseling; Abnormal Psychology; Marriage and Family Counseling; and Counseling Children and Adolescents.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $655 / Credit Hour

#13 Asbury Seminary

Wilmore, KY

Online Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

asbury-seminary-wilmore-ky-online-master-of-arts-in-mental-health-counselingA Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling is offered online at Asbury College. This CACREP accredited, 75 credit program focuses on integrating a biblical and theological understanding with counseling theory and practice. A focus is placed on developing the student personally and professionally into an ethical and competent practitioner. Students entering the program with a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university will be able to apply some credits towards their master’s degree and, as a result, reduce the time and cost of the program.

Courses include: Missional Formation; Biblical Narrative; Counseling and Christian Beliefs; Counseling Theories and Techniques; Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling; Assessment Inventories in Counseling; Advanced Issues in Cross-cultural Counseling; Theories of Personality Development Across the Lifespan; and Recognizing and Treating Addictive Disorders.

  • Credits Required: 75
  • Cost: $635 / Credit Hour

#12 Grace College

Winona Lake, IN

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

grace-college-winona-lake-in-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingGrace College offers a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online. This 60 credit CACREP accredited degree is available online with an annual 7-10 day on-campus residency. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Grace College emphasizes a commitment to Scripture throughout the curriculum. This is a cohort model program giving students the opportunity to develop and build supportive relationships with peers throughout their graduate school experience. Graduates will be prepared to pursue state licensure as a professional counselor. As always, because licensing requirements vary by state, applicants are encouraged to consult their home state licensing board for details.

Courses include: Theological Foundations in Counseling; Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage and Family Counseling; Psychopathology; Counseling Skills; Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents; Addictions Counseling; Ethical and Legal Issues; Human Growth and Development; Social and Cultural Issues; Lifestyle/Career Counseling; and Spirituality in Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $630 / Credit Hour

#11 Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Online Master of Education in School Counseling

liberty-university-lynchburg-va-online-master-of-education-in-school-counselingA Master of Education in School Counseling is offered online at Liberty University. This 48 credit program is accredited by the CACREP and consists of online coursework and on-campus intensives. Training is centered on preparing students to work in K-12 settings as school counselors with the ability to advocate for students and families while collaborating with teachers, administrators, and community members. This online program is taught from a Biblical Perspective giving graduates the ability to integrate a faith and spirituality in their work. Graduates of this online school counseling program will be prepared to meet the needs of diverse populations in school settings. Liberty University offers tuition discounts to service members, veterans, military spouses, and Department of Defense employees.

Courses include: Understanding Educational Research and Assessment; Human Development Across the Lifespan; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling; Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling; Counseling Theories and Techniques; Career Development and Counseling; Child and Adolescent Counseling in the Schools; and School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Cost: $615 / Credit Hour

#10 Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Online Master of Science in Clinical Counseling

bellevue-university-bellevue-ne-online-master-of-science-in-clinical-counselingBellevue University offers a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling online. This 60 credit CACREP online counseling degree is designed for students who plan to pursue professional licensure as a counselor or therapist. Students will learn through online coursework and on-site practicum and internship experiences to work with diverse populations of individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan. Graduates will enter the workforce with a firm understanding of ethical issues and multicultural considerations necessary to be an effective practitioner and leader in the field of professional counseling and therapy.

Courses include: Helping Relationships and Orientation to the Counseling Profession; Introduction to Counseling Theories; Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation; Human Development throughout the Lifespan. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in the Practice of Counseling; Diagnosis of Mental and Behavioral Disorders; Social and Cultural Diversity; Career Development; Couples and Family Counseling; Applied Neuroscience and Pharmacology; and Human Sexuality.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $565 / Credit Hour

#9 Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN

Online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Arts in School Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

indiana-wesleyan-university-marion-in-online-master-of-arts-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingA Master of Arts in Counseling is available online with CACREP accredited specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy at Indiana Wesleyan University. The program focuses on supporting students in learning to integrate faith with professional counseling. Students can enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. An emphasis on clinical training is central to the counseling programs at Indiana Wesleyan University. Students will engage in internship and practicum experiences under the direct supervision of faculty and on-site supervisors to develop critical clinical skills.

Courses include: Human Growth and Development; Multicultural Counseling; Theory and Techniques in the Helping Relationship; Research and Evaluation of Methods and Practice; Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues; Integration of Christian Faith in Professional Counseling; Assessment and Intervention in Clinical Mental Health; Issues in Addiction Recovery; and Psychopathology.

  • Credits Required: 48 – 60
  • Cost: $533 / Credit Hour

#8 Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Online Master of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

oregon-state-university-corvallis-or-online-master-of-counseling-in-clinical-mental-health-counselingOregon State University offers a hybrid online CACREP Accredited Master of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This is a 90 credit program with requirements that focus on the professional and personal development of the therapist including an internship; attendance at professional conferences; successful completion of the national exam; and engagement in 10 sessions of personal counseling. This is a part-time program which works to provide flexible programming that can be completed within four years.

Courses include: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice; Social and Cultural Diversity; Human Growth and Development; Career Development; Counseling and Helping Relationships; Group Counseling and Group Work; Assessment and Testing; and Research and Program Evaluation.

  • Credits Required: 90
  • Cost: $528 / Credit Hour

#7 Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Online Master of Arts in Counseling – Marriage, Family and Child Emphasis

palo-alto-university-palo-alto-ca-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingA Master of Arts in Counseling with areas of Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling is offered online at Palo Alto University. This CACREP accredited degree is offered online with a one-week residency. Online courses are offered live through a video-conference platform giving students the opportunity to engage directly with peers and faculty. In this 93 credit program students will have the opportunity to not only complete coursework but to apply the theory and knowledge they learn in the virtual classroom to onsite supervised clinical work. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, or a School Counselor.

Courses include: Counseling Theory; Lifespan Development; Clinical Interviewing; Legal and Ethical Foundations; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; Community Mental Health with Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Therapy; Family Systems Theory; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Crisis and Trauma Counseling; Couples Counseling; Group Counseling; and Advanced Family Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 93
  • Cost: $523 / Credit Hour

#6 University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, LA

Online Master of Science in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling Focus

Online Master of Science in Counseling – School Counseling Focus

university-of-louisiana-at-monroe-monroe-la-online-master-of-science-in-counselingThe University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a CACREP accredited Master of Science in Counseling online with opportunities for focused study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling. Students are supported in using their degree to pursue the career of their choice and students find that they have numerous career opportunities following graduation. The University of Louisiana at Monroe makes every effort to support student success. Students are encouraged to speak up and reach out for support as needed throughout their time in the program.

Career Opportunities Include: Mental Health Counseling; Mental Health Administrator; Group Facilitator; Rehabilitation Counselor; Career Counselor; Vocational Counselor; Play Therapist; Art Therapist; Addictions Counselor; Life Coach; Consultant; Human Resources Specialist; School Counselor; School Administrator; and Consultant.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $500 / Credit Hour

#5 Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Science in School Counseling

Online Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

capella-university-minneapolis-mn-online-master-of-science-in-counselingCapella University is able to offer several CACREP accredited online degrees in counseling. CACREP accredited degrees available online include the: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Master of Science in School Counseling; and the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy. Students at Capella University will have the opportunity to engage in coursework independently online and at residencies with peers and faculty. Students will gain valuable clinical skills through internships and practicum placements in their hometown. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional licensure in their area of focus and be leaders in the field with their strong understanding of, and attention to, ethical practice.

Courses include: Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors; Principles of Psychopathology and Diagnosis; Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling; Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Crisis Assessment and Intervention; Life Planning and Career Development; Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations; Advanced Group Counseling and Clinical Applications in Mental Health; Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior; and Human Sexuality.

  • Credits Required: 72 – 97
  • Cost: $487 / Credit Hour

#4 Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, KY

Online Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development

lindsey-wilson-college-columbia-ky-online-master-of-education-in-counseling-human-developmentA Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development is offered online at Lindsey Wilson College. This online CACREP accredited program is focused preparing graduates to work professionally in a number of capacities such as training and supervising counselors and therapists; administrators; and as researchers. Students at Lindsey Wilson College who are interested in working in the field of addiction and recovery can choose to pursue a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.

Courses include: Personal Growth and Development; Lifecycle Development in Individuals and Families; Multicultural Issues, Human Diversity & Preventive Community Education; Counseling Theories & Techniques; Group Counseling Techniques; Professional Issues & Ethics; Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status; Substance Abuse Treatment; Counseling Procedures & Strategies, Legal Issues, & Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations; Relationship Counseling, Group Process, & Techniques with Addicted Populations; and Mental Health Administration, Supervision, & Consultation.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $470 / Credit Hour

#3 Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online Master of Science in School Counseling

Online Master of Science in Marriage Couple & Family Counseling

walden-university-minneapolis-mn-online-master-of-science-in-counselingWalden University offers several online master’s degrees in counseling and psychology including the CACREP accredited Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Master of Science in School Counseling; and the Master of Science in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Within these degrees, students can choose an area of concentration from options that include: Addiction Counseling; Career Counseling; Forensic Counseling; Military Families and Culture; and Trauma and Crisis Counseling. Graduates of Walden University will have the clinical skills to work professionally with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Courses include: Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling; Introduction to Mental Health Counseling; Techniques in Counseling; Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories; Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; Assessment in Counseling and Education; Lifespan Development; Couples and Family Counseling; Career Counseling; Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation; and Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response.

  • Credits Required: 75 – 96
  • Cost: $465 / Credit Hour

#2 Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

Online Master of Arts in Counseling

adams-state-university-alamosa-co-online-master-of-arts-in-counselingA Master of Arts in Counseling is offered online at Adams State University. The online counseling program at Adams State University offers the same coursework as the on-campus program to students who are not able to easily participate in on-campus courses. Students will complete the program through online courses and two one-week on-campus intensives offered each summer of the program. The CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Counseling program offers concentrations in School Counseling and in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Graduates will be prepared to pursue professional state licensure in their chosen area of study. As always, students should consult their home state licensure board to determine eligibility.

Courses include: Multicultural and Diversity Issues; Lifespan Development; Counseling Theories and Helping Relationships; Group Counseling; Career Development; Counseling the Couple, Family, and System; Parenting; Grief and Loss; Crisis Disaster and Trauma; Foundations of School Counseling; Diagnosis and Psychopathology; Foundations of Addictions Counseling; Ethics/Professional Issues; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; an Introduction to Play Therapy.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $435 / Credit Hour

#1 University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

Online Master of Arts in Professional Counseling – Addiction Counseling

Online Master of Arts in Professional Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

university-of-the-cumberlands-williamsburg-ky-online-master-of-arts-in-professional-counselingThe University of the Cumberlands offers an online Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Students in this 60 credit program can choose from a specialization in either Addiction Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both specializations are CACREP accredited and available 100% online. The University reviews applications as they come in and, with their focus on flexible and accessible programming, they are able to offer students several start dates throughout the year. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue licensure at the state level as a professional counselor and/or a licensed/certified addiction counselor.

Courses include: Introduction to Professional Counseling; Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling; Lifestyle & Career Development; Psychological Assessment in Clinical Practice; Human Growth & Development; Etiology & Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior; Counseling During Grief & Crisis; Theory & Practice of Multicultural Counseling; Theories & Techniques for the Treatment of Process Addictions & Substance Abuse; Process and Techniques of Counseling; Psychopharmacology & Addictions; and Spirituality & Values in Counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Cost: $400 / Credit Hour

 

See more: The Top CACREP Accredited Online Doctoral Programs in Counseling

 

Methodology: A list of schools offering counseling programs online was compiled from the CACREP website. Each school’s website was searched for tuition information (per credit hour). Schools were then sorted for Master’s (M.A., M.Ed. or M.S.) degrees and Doctoral (Ed.D, Ph. D.) degrees and ranked on tuition, lowest to highest.

Source: Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)