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Best Value: Most Affordable Accredited Master’s in Counseling Programs by State

A master’s degree in counseling is a must-have on your path to becoming licensed or certified as a counselor in most states. Although the profession is enormously diverse and open to different practitioners, in most cases the doors to professional, independent practice are only open if you hold a master’s - and there are many to choose from.

If you’re aiming for a career in counseling, you’re probably looking at those programs, weighing the benefits of your online options, and wondering how you’re going to decide which one is right for you. Whether or not the kind of position you’re trying to get into requires a license, a master’s offers a big-time brain dump of the most up-to-date tools and techniques in the field.

But you’re not made of money, and counseling isn’t a field you go into to get rich. You need to find a master’s program that isn’t going to pile on a mountain of debt that you’ll end up spending your entire career working off.

And we’re here to help you find it.

The Biggest Bang for Your Buck in A Counseling Master’s Program Starts with Specialty Accreditation

Just because you need to find an affordable program doesn’t mean you want a cheap one, though. The key is to get the best education you can at a price you can afford. This might mean taking a look at more affordable online options at schools based in other states… and it definitely means taking a careful look at academic standards no matter how the program is delivered or where it’s located.

It’s important to note that we’re looking at value here, not just cost. The difference is crucial: the cheapest counseling program in the state may save you a bundle of money, but if you get laughed out of the office everywhere you apply when they see it on your resume, those dollars saved won’t amount to much.

Value comes with combining real results with a reasonable price.

We calculated that equation for you here; every school on our list is a screaming deal with a big bang for every one of your hard-earned bucks. The schools you’ll find here offer fully accredited master’s programs at a lower price than any other accredited program in the state.

Specialty Accreditation for Counseling Programs

We didn’t even bother to look at schools that weren’t fully accredited, and neither should you. Our baseline standard for even giving a program a second look is that it had to be accredited by either CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) or MPCAC (Master in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council), the two most prominent accreditation agencies for master’s-level counseling programs in the country.

Naturally, all these schools also hold a baseline accreditation from the relevant regional higher education accreditation agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The Highest Academic Standards

But a specialty accreditation goes further. These organization take care of the legwork of determining whether or not a program rises to the basic standards that the modern counseling community expects in a master’s education. Factors they look at include:

  • Incorporation of scientific, evidence-based practices in the curriculum.
  • Standards for supervised fieldwork experience.
  • Use of current scholarly and research literature.
  • Demonstration of student comprehension and competence in legal and ethical standards.

Ongoing Adherence to those Standards

They aren’t just taking anyone’s word for it, either. Schools have to submit enough paperwork to overload a forklift and submit to on-site visits where all this information is validated. And it’s not just a one-and-done process, either; schools have to re-up their accreditation periodically, ensuring they continue to uphold those standards and practices over time.

How we Evaluated Price to Show You the Most Affordable Options

In the end, our list shows only the lowest-priced fully-accredited accounting master’s programs in each state. It isn’t any more complicated than that.

Still, there are a few things worth knowing about how we made the evaluations and how we organize the information we’re giving you.

We made sure to evaluate schools inside their own context—you’ll only find us comparing public schools to other public schools, and the same for private institutions.

The reason for this is simple. State schools offer a cut-rate price to state residents that often make them hard for a private school to beat on price alone. On the other hand, state schools often charge such a premium to non-residents that they’re sometimes cost prohibitive to international students and students from other states, making private institutions more attractive.

We found the average cost of programs offered at public and private schools separately. This allowed us to clearly show how much lower the best-priced programs are than the state average for each category.

Beyond Academics: The Little Things That Make for Great Value in a Master’s Program

So now you’ve got a list of the best priced fully-accredited counseling programs in every state to review, but we know there’s a lot more to consider than accreditation and cost when making your final selection about where you’re going to commit your hard-earned money.

A good master’s program offers way more than just getting your ticket punched on the licensing ride, after all. It’s a resource for building your professional network, beginning your portfolio of pre-professional experience, and gaining the kind of insights that will contribute not only to your skill as a counselor but to your success in life. After all, a master’s program will essentially be the next two-to-four years of your life, so you’ll want to make it count.

The little things also can have a tremendous impact on your experience as a student and play significantly into what kind of program is going to work for you. That’s why you’ll find a lot more information here than just the price of the program. We cover all the basics you’ll need to filter for the exact kind of program you’re looking for…

  • Whether it’s offered online, on-campus, or through a combination of online courses and campus visits
  • Entrance exam requirements, exemptions and provisions for waivers
  • Concentration options that align with different specialty areas of practice

Even if these practical elements largely form the basis for the choice you make, it’s the things that are more difficult to quantify that will ultimately seal the deal when it comes to making your final selection. That’s why we also give plenty of space to things like…

  • Schools that have rock-star faculty, the kind that win awards and take extra time out to give students individualized attention
  • Details on how the online program is structured, whether it’s an extra-flexible asynchronous delivery model, or a cohort model that more closely mimics the on-campus experience and allows for more interaction with classmates and instructors
  • Opportunities for international travel
  • Recent grants to benefit the program (and the students!)

Most Affordable Fully-Accredited Counseling Master’s Programs in Each State

Different people will place different values on each of those elements, but you can be sure you are getting the absolute top options at an exceptional value with any of the programs that appear on this list.


Alabama

 
University of North Alabama (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Florence, Alabama

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in Education in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $19,560 (in-state), $39,120 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,515 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program boasts a 100% job placement rate
  • Outstanding opportunities for hands-on training and research through the school’s Human Performance Lab, the Kilby Laboratory School, and the Education Research and Inservice Center
  • Outstanding history of academic excellence dates back nearly 150 years

The University of North Alabama’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is more than $6,000 less than the state average among CACREP-accredited programs, so returning to school to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor has never been more affordable! Choose this comprehensive course of graduate education and you’ll be on the road to earning state licensure and national certification as a licensed counselor and enjoying a dynamic career in social services, mental health, and private practice settings. And with a history dating back nearly 150 years, the University of North Alabama’s College of Education and Human Sciences understands the preparation that’s required to produce high-quality practitioners and researchers. Choose this program and you’ll study alongside an esteemed faculty that works to provide students with outstanding experiential opportunities and a relevant and robust curriculum. You’ll also enjoy superb, hands-on experiences through the school’s Human Performance Lab, the Kilby Laboratory School, and the Education Research and Inservice Center.

Alaska

 
University of Alaska at Fairbanks (PU)

School of Education

Fairbanks, Alaska

Website

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus, online)

Other Degrees:

M.Ed. in School Counseling (on-campus, online)

Estimated Program Cost: $20,468 (in-state), $40,664 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features small class sizes, an on-campus counselor training clinic, and a dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners
  • Online program is completed through asynchronous/synchronous formats

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is where you’ll find an affordable path to a career as an effective clinical mental health counselor through a comprehensive and relevant curriculum and internship experiences that are grounded in current research. This highly engaging program features small class sizes, a dedicated faculty of highly experienced practitioners, and a counselor training clinic. The UAF Counseling Program is available as both an on-campus and online program, with classes offered in the evening at the Fairbanks campus or by distance delivery through a variety of innovative learning platforms, including audio and video conferencing. Choose the online program and you’ll be required to take just two classes on-campus during the course of the program.

Arizona

 
Northern Arizona University (PU)

Department of Educational Psychology

Flagstaff, Arizona

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

*Also available at the following locations:

  • NAU – North Valley
  • Pima Community College

Estimated Program Cost: $18,480 (in-state), $43,176 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $2,624 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features an emphasis on rural and ethnocultural areas
  • Flexible program is available at the Flagstaff campus and other offsite locations
  • Exciting opportunities for participation in advocacy outreach

At more than $2,600 less than other CACREP-accredited state programs, Northern Arizona University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers the best in affordable graduate tuition. But this program offers much, much more, including a robust curriculum that features an emphasis on rural and ethnocultural areas and is supplemented with exciting fieldwork experiences and internships that prepare you to become an Arizona Licensed Associate Counselor capable of working in social, mental health, and human resource agency settings. Available at the main Flagstaff campus and other offsite locations, Northern Arizona’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is both flexible and convenient. Choose this program and you’ll have access to a wide array of exciting advocacy outreach projects, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAU Chapter, political advocacy awareness sessions regarding ACA/CACREP advocacy, and issues regarding revisions to the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners’ rules governing the activities of licensed associate counselors and licensed professional counselors.

 
University of Phoenix - Arizona (PR)

College of Humanities and Sciences

Phoenix, Arizona

Website

MS in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $43,974

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Dynamic online learning environment features learning team activities that encourage peer-to-peer collaboration and communication
  • Online classes are taken one at a time for the best in flexible, distance learning

The University of Phoenix – Arizona’s MS in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling is robust, convenient, and affordable! In addition to offering a value in private education, this program is available in a fully online format to accommodate busy, adult learners like you. Plus, classes here are taken one at a time, so it’s never been easier to earn your grad degree while you continue to meet your professional and personal obligations. Through a comprehensive curriculum and exciting field experiences, you’ll gain the knowledge and expertise needed to work toward your state mental health counselor license. Choose this program and you’ll enjoy outstanding support from an experienced faculty and a dynamic, online learning platform featuring learning team activities that encourage peer-to-peer collaboration and communication.

Arkansas

 
Henderson State University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus, hybrid)

Other Degrees:

MS in School Counseling (on-campus, hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $16,947 (in-state), $21,168 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,824 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding record of student success: 100% graduate employment rate and 95% NCE exam first-time pass rate
  • Program available in both a part- and full-time format, with both on-campus and online courses

Henderson State University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is committed to value and excellence! At nearly $2,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s programs, this program is an affordable path to the educational requirements needed to become a State Licensed Associate Counselor in Arkansas. And thanks to a robust curriculum and outstanding opportunities for experiential learning, you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference in research, practice, advocacy, and more. Available in both a full- and part-time format, with both on-campus courses and a variety of online courses, this program ensures a convenient and flexible path to a master’s degree. Want more reasons to consider Henderson State for your mental health counseling master’s degree? This program enjoys a 95% first-time pass rate on the NCE examination and a 100% graduate employment rate.

 
Harding University (PR)

Searcy, Arkansas

Cannon-Clary College of Education

Website

MS/EDS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*, hybrid)

*program also available at the Rogers, AR, and Memphis, TN campuses, with some classes offered at the North Little Rock, AR campus

Other Degrees:

MS in Professional School Counseling (on-campus, hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $38,148

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Flexible program features a number of online and hybrid courses and availability at the university’s offsite campuses
  • Outstanding opportunities to work with students in other healthcare fields for exciting interprofessional experiences
  • Dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners

Harding University’s MS/EDS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable path to becoming a clinical mental health therapist in a variety of areas, including group counseling, family counseling, adult counseling and more! Choose this robust course of study and you’ll have the opportunity to: gain practical tools and techniques…study alongside an esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners…and work with students in other healthcare fields for fantastic interprofessional experiences. Just some of this program’s emphases include DSM IV-TR, psychopharmacology, and family counseling. You’ll also enjoy a flexible and convenient curriculum here that features a variety of online and hybrid courses and is available at the Searcy campus and a number of offsite campuses.

California

 
Sonoma State University (PU)

Department of Counseling

Rohnert Park, California

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $18,316 (in-state), $42,076 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $9,089 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program can be completed on a part-time and full-time basis
  • Sonoma State ranked among the top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in their list of top ‘Regional Universities in the West’
  • Program features ample opportunities for early observation in actual counseling settings

Ranked in the among the top public schools by U.S. News & World Report in their list of top ‘Regional Universities in the West,’ Sonoma State University has a reputation for excellence, and it’s MA in Counseling degree is no exception. Choose this degree and you’ll be able to focus your graduate studies on mental health counseling and prepare to become a Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. With a strong focus on interpersonal skills training and field experiences, you’ll enjoy a seamless integration of theory, research, and practical application, thereby preparing you to become a competent mental health counselor. Sonoma State’s MA in Counseling has the unique distinction of allowing students to observe actual counseling settings early into the program, and its faculty, long considered one of the department’s strengths, consists of practitioners and researchers who bring years of experience to the classroom. And at more than $9,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling programs, choose Sonoma State’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and you’ll be able to earn your master’s degree without breaking the bank.

 
Palo Alto University (PR)

Graduate Programs

Palo Alto, California

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus, online)

  • Clinical Mental Health

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus, online)

  • Marriage, Family and Child

Estimated Program Cost: $48,639

$19,874 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none; applicants who have taken the GRE may submit them as an additional consideration with their application
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program can be completed either on-campus or online in a part-time or full-time format
  • All classes are scheduled on weekday evenings for the best in flexibility and convenience for working professionals

Palo Alto University’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Health fulfills the educational requirements you need to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in California—at a cost of nearly $20,000 less than the state average for private clinical mental health counseling programs! But this program has lots more to offer aspiring counselors like you, including: your choice of a campus-based or online delivery…a dedicated faculty with rich research and practical backgrounds…full- and part-time formats…and culturally relevant clinical experiences designed to prepare you for real-world practice. Choose the online program and you’ll take just two classes per quarter, with all classes completed through an interactive, online, synchronous classroom that features evening courses for the best in flexibility and convenience. You’ll visit the campus just once to attend a one-week residency, and you’ll complete all practicum placements in your community. Choose the campus program and you’ll complete the majority of your classes in a face-to-face classroom format, with some courses also offered online. All courses are offered on weekday evenings to best accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

Colorado

 
Adams State University (PU)

Department of Counselor’s Education

Alamosa, Colorado

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus, online)

  • Clinical Mental Health

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus, online)

  • School Counseling

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $15,300 (in-state), $23,820 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,657 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program can be completed either online or on-campus
  • Outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1
  • Fantastic opportunities for student engagement through Chi Sigma Lota, an international honor society for counseling

Adams State University’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health doesn’t just fulfill the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, it provides aspiring mental health counselors like you with a truly affordable path for doing so! At nearly $8,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling master’s degree programs, this program features the best in affordability. But it also features an outstanding course of graduate education that can be completed either on-campus or online. If geographical limitations or professional obligations prevent you from attending an on-campus program, the online program allows you to study from the comfort of your home. You’ll visit the campus just twice during the course of the program to complete two, one-week summer residency intensives. For the full-time student, the Alamosa on-campus program features an intimate learning environment and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

 
Denver Seminary (PR)

Counseling Division

Littleton, Colorado

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

*Also available at the Washington D.C. and Amarillo campuses

Estimated Program Cost: $35,400

$8,340 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Unique program emphasizes biblical training that prepares you to integrate your faith into the counseling field
  • Outstanding practical experiences through Shepherd’s Gate Counseling Center and through Denver Seminary’s impressive network of off-campus internships
  • Exceptional Professional Development Program offers students unique opportunities to learn from a network of professional and mentors regarding the transition from theory to practice

Denver Seminary’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an outstanding private graduate education that comes in more than $8,000 less than the state average. Choose this degree and you’ll enjoy a comprehensive course of study that emphasizes sound biblical training and is led by a dedicated faculty of experienced instructors who provide superb guidance on how to practically integrate your faith into the counseling field. As a student here, you’ll also benefit from the on-site practicum experiences through Shepherd’s Gate Counseling Center and through Denver Seminary’s impressive network of off-campus internships. You’ll also take part in the school’s Professional Development Program, a unique opportunity to learn from a network of professionals and mentors who will provide you with the guidance you need to transition theory to practice.

Connecticut

 
Southern Connecticut State University (PU)

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

New Haven, Connecticut

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $14,056 (in-state), $36,204 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,185 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features a student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1
  • Outstanding faculty of professionals, practitioners, and scholars
  • Program boasts a superb record of graduate success, including a pass rate of 95% on the National Counselor Examination and a 95.5% employment rate

Southern Connecticut State University’s MS in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers an outstanding value in graduate education for aspiring mental health counselors like you! At more than $8,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling programs, Southern Connecticut State is a clear winner in terms of affordability. But this program is also tops when it comes to academic excellence and student success. Choose this program and you’ll study under an outstanding faculty of professionals, practitioners, and scholars while you complete a comprehensive and robust program that fulfills the educational requirements to become a Connecticut Licensed Professional Counselor capable of working in community counseling agencies, hospitals, private practice settings, and more. This small, highly selective program boasts an excellent history of student success, including a pass rate of 95% on the National Counselor Examination and a 95.5% employment rate among graduates.

 
University of Saint Joseph (PR)

School of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies

West Hartford, Connecticut

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $45,960

$270 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among the top 10 ‘Best Colleges & Universities in Connecticut’ by College Consensus
  • U.S. News & World Report named Saint Joseph among the Top Regional Universities in the North in 2019
  • Money Magazine named the University among the top 10 ‘Colleges That Add the Most Value’
  • Program features an intimate, cohort-style learning environment for the best in collaboration and communication

The University of Saint Joseph’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a competitive tuition, a long record of academic excellence, and a robust curriculum that’s focused on a holistic approach to counseling. In addition to satisfying the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut, this program will provide you with the relevant and robust course of education you need to succeed in the mental health counseling field. In fact, it has been consistently recognized for its academic rigor by organizations like College Consensus, which ranked it among the top 10 ‘Best Colleges & Universities in Connecticut’ and U.S. News & World Report, which named it among the Top Regional Universities in the North in 2019. Saint Joseph’s has also been long recognized for its value, coming in among Money Magazine’s top 10 ‘Colleges That Add the Most Value.’ Choose the MA in Clinical Mental Health and you’ll learn in a small, cohort format that ensures maximum collaboration and communication.

District of Columbia - Washington, D.C.

 
Gallaudet University (PR)

Department of Counseling

Washington, D.C.

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $36,360

$16,240 less than the district average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Gallaudet offers the only graduate counselor training programs in the world with specializations in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals
  • Program boasts a faculty of nationally and internationally recognized in fields of counseling and deafness
  • Program open to deaf, hard of hearing, physically disabled, and physically able students
  • All courses are taught in American Sign Language

Since 1971, Gallaudet University’s Department of Counseling has prepared students to become capable and effective professional counselors through their affordable and robust MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to its outstanding value (priced at more than $16,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees), Gallaudet enjoys the unique distinction of offering the only graduate counselor training programs in the world with specializations in working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to include both theory and extensive supervised practicum and internship experiences. Just a few of the noteworthy courses of this program include: American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences. All of the school’s counseling programs are open to deaf, hard of hearing, physically disabled, and physically able students. All classes here are taught in American Sign Language. Practicum sites include public and private mental health agencies serving deaf people, along with community-based counseling centers and mental health agencies.

Florida

 
Florida International University (PU)

Department of Psychology

Miami, Florida

Website

MS in Professional Counseling Psychology (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $16,404 (in-state), $36,060 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,369 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE (quantitative and verbal scores)
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among the top 100 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program is offered in a hybrid, two-year, lock-step format that allows for convenient class schedules, outstanding opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration, and great opportunities for hands-on learning through select practicum and internship sites
  • Program specialization in the field of counseling psychology through independent study and research with individual faculty members

Florida International University prepares students like you to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors through its robust and affordable Professional Counseling Psychology master’s program. The MS in Professional Counseling Psychology is designed to train both practitioners and researchers to assume a variety of jobs in mental health settings. Offered as a two-year, lock-step, cohort program that features both on-campus and online courses, the MS in Psychology is designed to prepare you to become a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor through an affordable and convenient approach. The unique program model ensures convenient class schedules, outstanding opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration, and great opportunities for hands-on learning through select practicum and internship sites. In addition to the program’s core, you’ll specialize your program in the field of counseling psychology through independent study and research with individual faculty members.

 
Rollins College (PR)

Hamilton Holt School

Winter Park, Florida

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $40,887

$3,649 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features a lock-step cohort curriculum that fosters close collaboration with your peers
  • A 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures outstanding student support and an intimate learning environment
  • Program features a unique capstone experience that includes participation in a Master Therapist Series—three, all-day learning seminars taught by nationally recognized experts in their field
  • Optional certificates certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy and/or College and University Counseling can be earned concurrently with your degree

Rollins College’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at nearly $4,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degree programs, is a true value. But this program is also known for its academic excellence and focus on social justice, advocacy, diversity, ethical practice, and leadership. This comprehensive graduate course of education, in addition to providing aspiring mental health counselors like you with the clinical skills and practical experiences you’ll need to assume a variety of jobs in the public and private sector, features: a lock-step cohort curriculum that fosters close collaboration with your peers…personalized attention and support through an impressive 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio… late afternoon and evening classes, with most classes offered just one night a week…additional non-clinical service activities that include 100 hours in a mental health agency and 100 hours of social justice advocacy…and a unique capstone experience that includes participation in a Master Therapist Series, consisting of three, all-day learning seminars taught by nationally recognized experts in their field. Choose this program and you’ll also be able to earn an optional certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy and/or College and University Counseling, both of which can be completed concurrently with your degree.

Georgia

 
Fort Valley State University (PU)

Mental Health Counseling Department

Fort Valley, Georgia

Website

MS in Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $8,664 (in-state), $32,224 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,788 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Fort Valley State it is the top-ranked public historically black university in Georgia, and 18th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Historically black university boasts a 128-year history of research, outreach and scholarship

Fort Valley State University’s MS in Mental Health Counseling is affordable—at nearly $4,000 less than the state average among similar master’s programs in mental health counseling, and robust—with educational experiences complemented with practical experiences and applied knowledge. If you want to become a licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, this program meets all educational requirements toward this goal. With a long history of research, outreach, and scholarship in Georgia, Fort Valley State is Georgia’s only land-grant institution and has been as esteemed, historically black institution since 1890. In fact, it is the top-ranked public historically black university in Georgia, and 18th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

 
South University - Savannah (PR)

Counseling and Psychology

Savannah, Georgia

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

*program also available at the following South University campuses:

  • Austin
  • Cleveland
  • Columbia
  • High Point
  • Novi
  • Virginia Beach
  • West Palm Beach

Estimated Program Cost: $41,760

$8,592 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding student resources include job search skill workshops and seminars, resume and cover letter assistance, industry networking opportunities, career seminars and job fairs, and employer recruiting events
  • Students have access to Vault.com through South University Career Services, which includes an internship database, job board, and outstanding career guides

With a focus on exceptional experiential learning and value, South University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a comprehensive and rigorous course of education designed to prepare you to become a competent and caring counseling professional. As a student here, you’ll also have access to outstanding student resources that include job search skills workshops and seminars, resume and cover letter assistance, industry networking opportunities, career seminars and job fairs, and employer recruiting events, just to name a few. You’ll also have access to Vault.com through South University Career Services, which includes an internship database, job board, and outstanding career guides.

 
Thomas University (PR)

Counseling and Psychology Division

Thomasville, Georgia

Website

MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $41,265

$9,087 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Optional Addictions Specialization (12 credits) can be earned concurrently
  • Excellent one-on-one academic advising
  • Fully online curriculum has no residency requirements
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available in places like Nicaragua, China, and Honduras

Thomas University’s MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is both affordable and convenient, featuring a program cost that’s more than $9,000 less than the state average and a curriculum that’s delivered through a fully online format! This program also comes with its share of perks, including: an esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners…a curriculum that includes a focus on ethical practice, case management, group work, crisis counseling, and cultural awareness…the option of sitting for the national CRC exam through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification after completing just 75% of the program…and excellent, one-on-one academic advising with an assigned academic advisor. You’ll also have the option of including an Addictions specialization to your master’s, if desired. Choose this program and you’ll have the opportunity to complete an exciting study abroad experience to places like Nicaragua, China, Honduras, and more.

Hawaii

 
University of Hawaii at Hilo (PU)

College of Arts and Sciences

Hilo, Hawaii

Website

MA in Counseling Psychology (on-campus, online)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $23,472 (in-state), $53,136 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,864 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • New online program (Fall 2018) is available to students of neighboring islands that cannot physically attend classes at the UH Hilo campus
  • Program prepares students for practice or research
  • Outstanding student support and guidance offered through the University Concierge

If you’re looking for an affordable path to becoming a Hawaii Licensed Mental Health Counselor, then look no further than the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, which features a total program cost that’s nearly $4,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees. As of Fall 2018, this program is also available in an online format for students of neighboring islands who are unable to physically attend classes at the UH Hilo campus (program only available to Hawaii residents). Through this program, students are able to attend courses via video conferencing technology through the UH System’s Hawaii Interactive Television System. The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is ideal for students who also want to explore careers in research, as it features opportunities for ongoing or new research and the addition of advanced statistics and research methodology in the curriculum for future doctoral work in psychology. Choose this program and you’ll enjoy outstanding support and guidance through the University Concierge.

 
Hawaii Pacific University (PR)

Department of Psychology

Honolulu, Hawaii

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $37,800

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE (quantitative and verbal scores)
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • Small, seminar-style classes ensure outstanding communication and collaboration with instructors and peers
  • Evening classes accommodate your busy, professional schedule
  • Program designed to accommodate your career aspirations in either practice or research

Hawaii Pacific University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers an excellent value in private graduate education for aspiring mental health counselors like you. In addition to providing you with the educational requirements needed to become a Hawaii Licensed Mental Health Counselor, this comprehensive program is also ideally designed to prepare you for future doctoral work, if desired. This program features small, seminar-style classes that are engaging and academically rigorous and a dedicated faculty who serve as student mentors. You’ll also enjoy the program’s convenient scheduling options that include evening courses designed to accommodate your busy, professional schedule. Choose Hawaii Pacific University for your mental health counseling master’s degree and you’ll be part of a culturally diverse university that includes students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

Idaho

 
Idaho State University (PU)

Department of Counseling

Pocatello, Idaho

Website

Master of Counseling (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

*part-time program available at the Meridian campus

Other Degrees:

Master of Counseling (on-campus)

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Student Affairs Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $18,704 (in-state), $57,352 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $126 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding opportunities for student and instructor engagement through an attractive student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities to locations like Malaysia and China

The University of Idaho’s Master of Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has everything you need in a solid counseling master’s degree: a competitive tuition…a comprehensive curriculum that meets the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho…and an attractive student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1 for the best in personalized learning and faculty interaction. And if you’re interested in adding a global element to your master’s degree, the University of Idaho offers fantastic study abroad opportunities to locations like Malaysia and China. The latest trip to China involved working, researching, and hosting a workshop training program for Chinese counselors at Sichuan University in Beijing.

 
Northwest Nazarene University (PR)

Counselor Education Department

Nampa, Idaho

Website

MS in Counseling – Clinical Counseling (on-campus*)

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling – School Counseling (on-campus*)

MS in Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling (on-campus)

*Twin Falls cohort to be offered again in 2019

Estimated Program Cost: $29,100

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program includes opportunities to choose a degree emphasis in Addictions Counseling; Grief, Trauma, and Crisis; Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy; and Play Therapy
  • University recognized as a best value by U.S. News & World Report and as a top university in the West by the Princeton Review

Whether you have aspirations of direct clinical work or doctoral-level study, Northwest Nazarene University’s MS in Counseling – Clinical Counseling will get you where you need to be—all at an impressive value! In addition to a comprehensive course of education that’s designed to prepare you for state licensure and national certification, Northwest Nazarene’s MS in Counseling programs can be complemented with a degree emphasis (6 credits) in Addictions Counseling (leads to eligibility for the Advanced Certificated Alcohol/Drug Counselor credential in Iowa)…in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis…in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy (leads to eligibility for the Academic Associate credential from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy)…or in Play Therapy (provides part of the coursework necessary to become a credentialed Play Therapist). Want another reason to put Northwest Nazarene at the top of your list? This university has been recognized as a best value by U.S. News & World Report and as a top university in the West by the Princeton Review.

Illinois

 
Northeastern Illinois University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Chicago, Illinois

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (hybrid)

Other Degrees

MA in Family Counseling (hybrid)

MA in School Counseling (hybrid)

MA in Rehabilitation Counseling (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $14,546 (in-state), $29,092 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,061 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE may be submitted to support credentials among applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Hybrid program features online and hybrid courses that are supplemented with once-weekly evening lectures
  • Program features a strong emphasis on applied work
  • Esteemed faculty boasts years of experience as professional counselors and psychologists

Northeastern Illinois University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at more than $4,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degree programs, is a true value in graduate education. But for more than 40 years, it’s also been a leading program in outstanding counselor education. Choose this program and you’ll satisfy the educational requirements needed for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. This terminal degree features scholarly activities and a strong emphasis on applied work, and the esteemed faculty, with years of experience as professional counselors and psychologists, lend their expertise to the practice-focused classroom. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an evening format that meets just one a week. The weekly lectures are supplemented with hybrid and online courses for the best in convenience and flexibility.

 
Quincy University (PR)

Midwest College

Quincy, Illinois

Website

MS in Education Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in Education Counseling – School Counseling (on-campus)

MS in Education Counseling – College Student Personnel (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $27,000

$32,248 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program focused on experiential learning, service to the community, and the development of counseling practitioners committed to social justice
  • Convenient evening program meets just once a week for the best in convenience for working professionals
  • The MS in Education Counseling is the winner of the 2017 Leo G. Bent Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Program in Illinois by the Illinois Counseling Association

Quincy University’s MS in Education Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a true value in Illinois private graduate education. At more than $30,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s programs among private schools, this program has a lot to offer aspiring counselors like you. But there’s more. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an academically rigorous curriculum that’s focused on experiential learning, service to the community, and the development of counselors who serve as ethical, reflective practitioners committed to social justice. For working professionals, this program can’t be beat, as it features classes that meet just once evening per week. Want another reason you’ll love Quincy University for your counseling master’s program? The MS in Education Counseling is the winner of the 2017 Leo G. Bent Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Program in Illinois by the Illinois Counseling Association.

Indiana

 
Indiana University South Bend (PU)

Department of Counseling and Human Services

South Bend, Indiana

Website

MS in Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in Education – School Counseling (on-campus)

MS in Education – Addiction Counseling (on-campus)

MS in Education – Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $17,100 (in-state), $40,320 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,300 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with undergraduate GPAs of 2.5-2.99
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Reutersranked Indiana University 27th among the world’s most innovative universities in 2017
  • University boasts 114,000 students and nearly 700,000 living graduates
  • Optional Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program can be added to your degree
  • Program features a cohort model for outstanding collaboration and communication

Indiana University South Bend’s MS in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at more than $4,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degree programs, is a model of affordability. But it’s also a frontrunner in comprehensive degree programs for aspiring counselors like you, thanks to its innovative curriculum that follows a cohort model that allows you to study and collaborate with a set group of like-minded peers throughout the program. Choose the MS in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Indiana University and you’ll satisfy the requirements for state licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana. You’ll also have the option of adding an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate program to your degree and participating in the university’s Annual Counseling and Human Services Conference.

 
Purdue University Northwest (PU)

School of Education and Counseling

Hammond, Indiana

Website

MS in Education – Concentration in Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in Education – Concentration in School Counseling (on-campus)

MS in Education – Concentration in Special Education (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $17,520 (in-state), $26,280 (new domestic non-resident students seeking their first PNW grad degree), $38,700 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,880 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program boasts an outstanding record of graduate success: Latest figures reveal a 100% employment rate
  • Optional Addictions Certificate available
  • Outstanding student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1
  • Exceptional alumni network of more than 51,000

Purdue University Northwest’s MS in Education – Concentration in Mental Health Counseling is affordable and comprehensive, preparing you to work in a variety of mental health settings, including social agencies, vocational/employment programs, hospital/mental health facilities, and more. This program features an innovative and relevant curriculum that focuses on ethics and values, counselor competence, and personal integrity, and its history of student success speaks to this program’s rigor and value. As of 2017, the program boasted a job placement rate of 100%. As a student here, you’ll also have the opportunity to add an Addictions Certificate to your master’s degree—an 18-credit certificate that prepares you for entry-level positions in substance abuse treatment settings. Choose Purdue University Northwest for your mental health counseling master’s degree and you’ll enjoy an attractive, 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio and access to an outstanding alumni network of more than 51,000.

 
Indiana Wesleyan University (PR)

Division of Graduate Counseling

Marion, Indiana

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

Other Degrees:

MA in Clinical Addictions Counseling (on-campus*, online)

MA in Community Counseling (on-campus*, online, hybrid)

MA in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (on-campus*)

MA in School Counseling (on-campus, online)

MA in Student Development Administration (on-campus*, online)

*Courses and practicum experiences may also be completed at the university’s Indianapolis site.

Estimated Program Cost: $32,760

$2,240 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Optional Clinical Addictions Counseling Certificate may be earned concurrently
  • Outstanding clinical experiences include work at the university’s Graduate Counseling Clinics
  • Program available on a full- or part-time format

Both affordable (its more than $2,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling master’s degrees) and convenient (it’s available in a full- and part-time format), Indiana Wesleyan University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is an attractive option for aspiring mental health counselors like you! Add to that an option to complete a Certificate in Clinical Addictions Counseling alongside your degree and it’s easy to see why this program hits all the marks as a top contender among counseling master’s degree programs! Clinical experiences are also emphasized here, ensuring a smooth transition from the classroom to real-world settings. From on-site practicums to community-based internships to work at the university’s Graduate Counseling Clinics, your experiential opportunities will be tailored to address your specific needs and strengths and closely mentored by a dedicated faculty.

Iowa

 
University of Northern Iowa (PU)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $18,318 (in-state), $39,266 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,799 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program was awarded the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master’s Degree Program Award in 1999
  • Experiential opportunities include a site-based practicum at the UNI Counseling Center, Wartburg College, or Hawkeye Community College
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available

The University of Northern Iowa’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is innovative, cutting-edge, and affordable, providing you with a cost-effective path to satisfying the educational requirements you need to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa. In addition to standing out from the competition for its price (it’s nearly $2,000 less than the state average), the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has long received recognition for its academic excellence. In fact, it was awarded the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master’s Degree Program Award in 1999. Choose this program and you’ll be prepared to practice in a variety of mental health and community agencies. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a variety of experiential opportunities, including a site-based practicum at the UNI Counseling Center, Wartburg College, or Hawkeye Community College. You’ll also have ample opportunities to explore international studies through study abroad experiences in Greece, Brazil, London, Guatemala, and more!

 
Drake University (PR)

School of Education

Des Moines, Iowa

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $29,700

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT/Drake Writing Test
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Part-time program features evening and weekend classes to suit the busy schedules of working professionals
  • A variety of programs aimed responsible global citizenship are offered to graduate students
  • Opportunities to study abroad and participate in research projects with Drake faculty

Drake University’s MS in Counseling with an endorsement in mental health counseling program is ideally designed for working professionals like you! This part-time program features evening and weekend classes, an affordable tuition, and opportunities to participate in research projects with Drake faculty and attend state and national conferences. The small class sizes of this program encourage peer-to-peer collaboration and provide ample opportunities for engagement between students and faculty. The 48-credit core of this program is supplemented with 12 credits in clinical mental health, which feature courses aimed at theory and technique, ethics, and medical aspects. Once you’ve completed this course of study, you’ll have satisfied the educational requirements to become a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa. Drake is committed to preparing students like you for responsible global citizenship, and they have no less than three, distinctive programs that support this mission: the Global Ambassador Program (brings internationally recognized speakers to campus), the World Languages and Cultures program (provides opportunities to work with professors who hold PhDs in the language they teach and take part in conversational practice groups with native speakers), and the Study Abroad Program (provides opportunities to study abroad during the summer, a semester, or yearlong to places like Beijing, Buenos Aires, and New Zealand).

Kansas

 
University of Kansas (PU)

Department of Educational Psychology

Lawrence, Kansas

Website

MS in Counseling Psychology (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

E.Ds. in School Psychology (on-campus)

MSEd in Educational Psychology and Research (on-campus)

PhD in Counseling Psychology (on-campus)

PhD in School Psychology (on-campus)

PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $27,960 (in-state), $61,440 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,646 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • University is ranked 8th among the ‘Best Public Education Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ideal program for direct clinical work or further doctoral work
  • Educational Psychology Department is home to the Achievement and Assessment Institute and the Center for Psychoeducational Services—acclaimed research and training centers for students and faculty

Whether you have aspirations of entering clinical work or pursuing future doctoral study, the University of Kansas’ MS in Counseling Psychology is the perfect fit—at an incredible value! At more than $5,000 less than the state average among public mental health counseling master’s degrees, this program is a model of affordability. But it’s also a robust course of study that features a curriculum of relevant psychology theory, research, and clinical practice designed to satisfy the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas. As a student here, you’ll also have access to the Achievement and Assessment Institute and the Center for Psychoeducational Services—the outstanding research and training centers within the Educational Psychology Department.

 
MidAmerica Nazarene University (PR)

Professional and Graduate Programs

Olathe, Kansas

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • School Counseling
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $36,540

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding record of student success: graduates of the program enjoy a 95% pass rate on the NCE exam
  • On-site clinical facility and strong partnerships with more than 44 private practices and agencies throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area ensure outstanding, hands-on experiences
  • MidAmerica Nazarene is the only private university in Kansas to offer a CACREP-accredited graduate program in counseling

With a competitive private tuition and the option of attending courses either in the day or evening, MidAmerica Nazarene University’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you with both affordability and convenience! This robust and comprehensive program—the only CACREP-accredited graduate program in counseling through a private university in Kansas—boasts an esteemed, practicing faculty…an on-site clinical facility…strong partnerships with more than 44 private practices and agencies throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area for outstanding internship experiences…and an impressive 95% pass rate on the NCE.

Kentucky

 
University of Louisville (PU)

College of Education and Human Development

Louisville, Kentucky

Website

MEd in Counseling & Personnel Services (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Mental health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MEd in Counseling & Personnel Services (on-campus*)

  • Art Therapy
  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Guidance Counseling

PhD in Counseling & Personnel Services (on-campus)

  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation

Estimated Program Cost: $25,368 (in-state), $52,908 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $6,357 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Outstanding opportunities to participate in faculty-lead research projects
  • Convenient weekend format designed to accommodate working professionals
  • Award-winning faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of counseling
  • Exciting opportunities to participate in the Signature Partnership Initiative, a university-wide effort to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for residents in West Louisville

The University of Louisville’s Master of Counseling & Personnel Services with a specialization in mental health counseling boasts an outstanding value, at more than $6,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling master’s programs. With a focus on direct application for aspiring mental health counselors like you, this program features a convenient, weekend format designed to accommodate the schedules of busy working professionals. Complete Louisville’s Master of Counseling & Personnel Services with a specialization in mental health counseling and you’ll satisfy the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Kentucky. In addition to a 30-credit core, you’ll complete another 30 credits in courses focused on topics in clinical mental health like differential diagnosis and treatment, empirical and theoretical foundations of counseling and psychotherapy, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. Choose the University of Louisville and you’ll have the opportunity to conduct faculty-led research projects with the university’s award-winning faculty.

 
Lindsey Wilson College (PR)

School of Professional Counseling

Columbia, Kentucky

Website

MEd in Counseling and Human Development (on-campus*, online)

  • Mental Health Counseling

*Offered at sites throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia

Other Degrees:

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $28,440

$10,155 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Online program available in a fully asynchronous format
  • Weekend, on-campus program available at a number of off-site locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia
  • Optional Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling can be earned concurrently
  • Outstanding career services and student support offered through the Career Services Center

Lindsey Wilson College’s Master of Education in Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling, at more than $10,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, is the model of affordability. It’s also conveniently designed for working professionals like you as it features weekend-only courses that won’t interfere with your professional responsibilities. A fully online program, featuring an asynchronous format for convenient learning, is also available. Choose this program and you’ll enjoy the same curriculum as your campus-based counterparts while you complete manageable, eight-week courses. Regardless of which program you choose, you’ll have the option of adding a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling to your master’s degree. As a Lindsey Wilson student, you’ll also have access to outstanding career services through the Career Services Center. Here you’ll enjoy a host of programs and services, including resume development, career advising, and more.

Louisiana

 
Louisiana Tech University (PU)

Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Ruston, Louisiana

Website

MA in Counseling and Guidance (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling and Guidance (on-campus)

  • School Counseling
  • Human Services
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Estimated Program Cost: $7,788 (in-state), $22,520 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,763 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Optional online Dynamics of Domestic Violence Graduate Certificate can be earned concurrently
  • University is ranked fifth in the nation of the ‘Best Public Universities for Return on Investment’ by the Wall Street Journal
  • Culturally diverse university includes students from 47 states and 64 countries

Louisiana Tech University’s MA in Counseling and Guidance with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at more than $7,000 less than the state average among clinical mental health master’s programs, is a robust and comprehensive program that won’t break your budget. This graduate course of study, which features preparation in research, counseling skills, multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity, is designed to satisfy the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana. Plus, Louisiana Tech also offers the option of adding the Dynamics of Domestic Violence Graduate Certificate to your master’s. This online certificate program features the development of skills related to domestic violence issues. Choose Louisiana Tech for your clinical mental health counseling master’s degree and you’ll study among a culturally diverse group of peers (students here come from 47 states and 64 countries) at a university that’s been ranked fifth in the nation among the ‘Best Public Universities for Return on Investment’ by the Wall Street Journal.

 
University of Holy Cross (PR)

Graduate Programs

New Orleans, Louisiana

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family
  • Schools

Estimated Program Cost: $39,900

$4,590 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features small class sizes, a faith-based atmosphere, and an esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners
  • Outstanding career services

If you’re looking for a private Christian university that offers a master’s degree in mental health counseling that’s both affordable and academically rigorous, look no further than the University of Holy Cross, which offers the MA in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health that comes in at nearly $5,000 less than the state average among private master’s counseling degrees. This program features a comprehensive curriculum that satisfies the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana, along with small class sizes, a faith-based atmosphere, and an outstanding faculty of experienced practitioners for a truly elevated learning experience. As a student here, you’ll also have access to the university’s progressive career services to help you prepare for you and navigate the job search process.

Maine

 
University of Southern Maine (PU)

School of Education and Human Development

Portland, Maine

Website

MS in Counseling (hybrid)

  • Clinical Mental Health

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (hybrid)

  • Clinical and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $25,641 (in-state), $69,300 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Fully flexible hybrid course delivery includes on-campus, online, and hybrid courses
  • Program features group discussions, supervised case reviews, cooperative learning experiences, service learning, guided practice, and more
  • The online Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C) Certification, the Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development Certification, the Expertise Certificate Area in Family Systems, the Expertise Certificate Area in Substance Abuse Counseling or a self-directed Certificate of Advanced Study may supplement the master’s program
  • University boasts outstanding community partnerships with more than 125 agency sites

The University of Southern Maine’s MS in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health is an affordable graduate course of study that features a comprehensive curriculum and a flexible course of study that includes both online and on-campus courses. Simply select the option that best fits with your learning style and schedule! Want to add another dimension to your counseling master’s program? Choose the online Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C) Certification, the Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development Certification, the Expertise Certificate Area in Family Systems, the Expertise Certificate Area in Substance Abuse Counseling, or a self-directed Certificate of Advanced Study if you’re interested in pursuing advanced graduate study. Thanks to the university’s strong community partnerships, students of this program have worked at more than 125 agency sites for their practicum and internship experiences.

 
Husson University (PR)

School of Education

Bangor, Maine

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (hybrid)

Other Degrees:

MS in Human Relations (hybrid)

MS in School Counseling (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $37,611

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features a variety of rich practical experiences
  • Offered as both a full-time and part-time program
  • Flexible curriculum includes late afternoon, evening, weekend, summer and online courses

Husson University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an affordable program cost, a curriculum that meets the educational requirements to become a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Maine, and a variety of rich practical experiences that prepares aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you to work in a variety of mental health settings. Offered as both a full-time and part-time program, Husson’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling boasts a flexible curriculum that includes late afternoon, evening, weekend, summer, and online courses. Whatever your professional responsibilities, Husson has the schedule for you!

Maryland

 
Frostburg State University (PU)

Office of Graduate Studies

Frostburg, Maryland

Website

MS in Counseling Psychology (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $25,980 (in-state), $33,420 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,442 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • Exciting research opportunities include independent research project with a faculty sponsor or working with exciting faculty research programs
  • Program was the first counseling psychology master’s program in Maryland and the 6th in the nation to receive accreditation from the MPCAC
  • Program features a small, cohort-style learning format and the option of completing a graduate emphasis on Addictions Counseling Psychology or Child and Family Counseling Psychology

Frostburg State University’s MS in Counseling Psychology is affordable (it’s priced more than $5,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s programs), comprehensive (it satisfies the educational requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland), and respected (it was the first counseling psychology master’s program in Maryland and the 6th in the nation to receive accreditation from the MPCAC). With a curriculum committed to science-based training, Frostburg’s MS in Counseling Psychology is designed to fully prepare you to take on practitioner-based jobs in counseling centers, mental health clinics, addiction clinics, and human services agencies. As a student here, you’ll enjoy a small, cohort-style learning format that promotes group interaction and collaboration…you’ll complete a personal growth experience that includes individual therapy as to gain a broader perspective of the counseling relationship…and you’ll have the option of completing a graduate emphasis in Addictions Counseling Psychology or Child and Family Counseling Psychology.

 
Johns Hopkins University (PR)

School of Education

Baltimore, Maryland

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $46,440

$780 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • The John Hopkins School of Education is consistently ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Outstanding opportunities for research
  • Program features innovative didactic experiences and small group experiences for the best in personalized learning

John Hopkins University enjoys an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, and its MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling is no exception. Along with a competitive tuition, you’ll enjoy a comprehensive curriculum based on social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, ethical practice, and more. You’ll learn through innovative didactic experiences and small group experiences while gaining valuable, hands-on experience at clinical mental health sites. Plus, you’ll satisfy the educational requirements necessary to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland. Just a few of the reasons John Hopkins MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling stands out from the competition include: The John Hopkins School of Education is consistently ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and the university’s research centers, institutes, and initiatives work to improve education around the world.

Massachusetts

 
Bridgewater State University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Website

MEd in Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,056 (in-state, out-of-state)

$6,846 less than state average for counseling master’s degree programs at public CACREP/MPCAC-accredited schools

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE (quantitative and verbal)
  • Accreditation: CACREP, MPCAC
  • Program features a supportive, personalized learning experience, thanks to close interaction with academic advisors, small class sizes, and an esteemed faculty of diverse practitioners
  • Opportunities for experiential learning through the university’s state-of-the-art counselor education lab

Bridgewater State University’s Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling features everything you’d want in a mental health counseling master’s degree – and more! In addition to offering an outstanding value in graduate education (it’s nearly $7,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degrees), this program offers a supportive, personalized learning experience, thanks to an esteemed faculty of diverse practitioners, a low student-to-faculty ratio, and superb academic advisors who are there to help you throughout your educational journey. A state-of-the-art counselor education lab serves as the ideal location for honing the skills acquired in the classroom. Complete this program and you’ll have satisfied the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, thereby preparing you to become a competent practitioner in a variety of mental health settings, such as clinics, hospitals, healthcare centers, governmental institutions, and more.

 
Assumption College (PR)

Graduate Studies

Worcester, Massachusetts

Website

MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $46,160

$33,113 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Assumption is the only MA in the country to offer a fully integrated curriculum based on cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • The school’s Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies attracts CBT practitioners from around the world, who often present and attend workshops and lectures on campus
  • Flexible curriculum includes your choice of four electives and the option of adding a graduate certificate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies or Child and Family Interventions

Assumption College’s MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology is a model of affordability, priced more than $30,000 less than other private counseling master’s degrees in the state. But it’s also a model of innovation, thanks to the integration of cognitive-behavioral therapy into the curriculum. In fact, it is the only MA in the country to offer a fully integrated curriculum based on cognitive-behavioral therapy! The school’s Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies attracts CBT practitioners from around the world, who often present and attend workshops and lectures on campus. As a student of this program, you’ll learn under a faculty team of highly skilled psychologists and researchers and complete a flexible curriculum that includes your choice of four electives. You’ll also satisfy the educational requirements to become a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. Plus, you can complement your graduate study with your choice of optional concentrations in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies or Child and Family Interventions. Want yet another reason to consider Assumption College for your counseling master’s degree? This institution was ranked in the top tier of ‘2017 Best Colleges’ by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as one of the ‘Best 380 Colleges’ by the Princeton Review.

Michigan

 
Eastern Michigan University (PU)

College of Education

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in College Counseling (on-campus)

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $17,688 (in-state), $31,488 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $12,034 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE required if undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University recognized for its commitment to campus diversity by U.S. News & World Report
  • University’s Counseling Training Clinic allows graduate studies to provide counseling services to the community under the supervision of the program’s esteemed faculty
  • Outstanding worldwide alumni network of more than 169,000

Eastern Michigan University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable program you’ve been searching for! Priced at more than $12,000 less than the average for public counseling master’s degrees in Michigan, this program is value epitomized. But its robust and comprehensive curriculum adds even more value to this already-affordable program. In addition to satisfying the educational requirements to become a licensed mental health counselor in Michigan, Eastern Michigan’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers an outstanding Counseling Training Clinic that allows graduate students like you to provide counseling services to the community under the supervision of the program’s esteemed faculty. Choose Eastern Michigan University for your graduate degree in mental health counseling and you’ll be part of a university that’s been recognized for its commitment to campus diversity by U.S. News & World Report.

 
Spring Arbor University (PR)

School of Human Services

Spring Arbor, Michigan

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees

MA in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • School Counseling

*Program also offered at the following extension sites in Michigan:

  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Kalamazoo
  • Lansing
  • Metro Detroit
  • Metro Toledo

Estimated Program Cost: $35,220

$18,260 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among ‘America’s Best Colleges’ in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, among the best colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Time Higher Educationin 2017, and among the ’50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017’ by Christian Universities Online
  • Optional dual track includes the completion of internships in both a clinical mental health and school setting
  • Program features a cohort model for the best in flexibility and convenience

Spring Arbor University’s MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a true value in graduate education. Priced more than $18,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, this comprehensive program, taught from a Christian perspective, helps prepare you to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan—without breaking your budget. Spring Arbor’s MA in Counseling is designed as a cohort, so you’ll enjoy working with the same group of peers throughout the program. This type of format ensures outstanding collaboration and communication between students and between students and faculty. For the best in flexibility and convenience, the clinical mental health counseling master’s degree can be completed at several extension sites throughout Michigan. Want to take your MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling to the next level? Spring Arbor offers a Dual Track that allows you to complete internships at both a school and clinical mental health setting. Choose Spring Arbor University and you’ll be part of a university that’s been ranked among ‘America’s Best Colleges’ in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report,among the best colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Time Higher Educationin 2017, and among the ’50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017’ by Christian Universities Online.

Minnesota

 
St. Cloud State University (PU)

Department of Community Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis (on-campus)

MS in College Counseling & Student Development (on-campus)

MS in Marriage & Family Therapy (on-campus)

MS in Rehabilitation and Addiction Counseling (on-campus)

MS in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $16,440 (in-state), $23,880 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,760 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Superb clinical skills training opportunities through the university’s supportive network of community partnerships
  • Program emphasizes evidence-based therapies, including holistic wellness and prevention models and trauma-informed/trauma-focused therapy
  • Opportunities to conduct, present, and publish faculty-led research
  • Optional graduate certificates in Addictions or Marriage & Family Therapy can be added to the master’s degree

St. Cloud State University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers a superb value in graduate education. But affordability isn’t the only thing this program offers aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you. Choose the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here and you’ll benefit from: outstanding clinical skills training through the university’s supportive network of community partnerships…a flexible curriculum that includes a variety of applied learning and instructional methods…opportunities to conduct, present, and publish faculty-led research…and a dedicated faculty with expertise in clinical practice. St. Cloud State’s program emphasizes evidence-based therapies, including holistic wellness and prevention models and trauma-informed/trauma-focused therapy. Interested in adding another element to your master’s counseling degree? Choose the university’s Addictions or Marriage & Family Therapy graduate certificates.

Mississippi

 
Delta State University (PU)

Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

Cleveland, Mississippi

Website

MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $14,152 (in-state, out-of-state)

$1,648 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: MAT/GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program boasts an employment rate of 97% six months after graduation
  • Available as both a part-time and full-time program
  • Excellent student-to-teach ration of just 11:1
  • Exciting short-term study abroad opportunities available

There are many reasons why Delta State University’s MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling stands out from the competition: a total program cost of about $1,600 less than the state average among master’s mental health counseling degrees…a 97% employment rate six months after graduation…part-time and full-time program options…and zero out-of-state tuition costs! Choose Delta State for your master’s in counseling degree and you’ll not only satisfy the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi, but you’ll also benefit from the university’s outstanding student-to-teacher ratio of just 11:1, short-term study abroad opportunities, and long history of excellence in teacher education.

Missouri

 
Missouri State University (PU)

Counseling, Leadership and Special Education Department

Springfield, Missouri

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus, select hybrid/online course options)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling

  • School Counseling (on-campus, select hybrid/online options)

Estimated Program Cost: $12,076 (in-state), $22,228 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,557 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: MAT/GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Outstanding hands-on learning through the university’s City Center Counseling Clinic, which includes workshops and training through the Play Therapy Institute
  • Hybrid and online course options offer flexibility and convenience

Missouri State University’s MS in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling boasts an outstanding value, at nearly $8,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees. This program also features a comprehensive curriculum that prepares aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you with the education you need to quality for licensure as a Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor, along with outstanding clinical experiences that include more than a dozen student activities, service-learning practicums, and cross-cultural experiences. Students here enjoy exciting, hands-on learning opportunities through the university’s City Center Counseling Clinic, which includes workshops and training through the Play Therapy Institute. Just some of the learning options available through the Institute include Theories in Play Therapy, Group Counseling, Family Counseling, and General Mental Health Counseling. Missouri State also offers a variety of online and hybrid graduate counseling course options for the best in flexibility and convenience.

 
Central Methodist University (PR)

College of Graduate and Extended Studies

Fayette, Missouri

Website

MS in Clinical Counseling (hybrid*)

*Program also available at the following regional locations:

  • Columbia-Parkade
  • Park Hills
  • Sedalia
  • Louis

Estimated Program Cost: $22,800

$5,508 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Flexible learning format features twice-weekly evening classes supplemented with online study
  • Program is also offered at four regional learning centers
  • More than 90% of graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation

Central Methodist University’s MS in Clinical Counseling is flexible, convenient, and affordable! Priced at nearly $6,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degree programs, this program is a model of value for aspiring mental health counselors like you. And because the program is offered at a variety of regional learning centers, you’re sure to find a location that’s conveniently located near you. The flexible curriculum includes evening courses once or twice a week, supplemented with online study, so going back to school while working full-time is a manageable endeavor. And because this program enjoys an impressive graduate employment rate (more than 90% of graduates here are employed within 6 months of graduation), you can be sure this program is designed for success!

Montana

 
University of Montana (PU)

College of Education and Human Sciences

Missoula, Montana

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

EdD in Counselor Education (on-campus)

EdS in Counselor Education (on-campus)

PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $12,576 (in-state), $38,372 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $496 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none; GRE may be submitted to strengthen an applicant’s application
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding record of student success: 100% pass rate on the NCE and a 100% job placement rate, as of 2017/18
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities through three different UM sponsored programs

The University of Montana’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling boasts a competitive tuition, a comprehensive curriculum that meets the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana, and impressive student success rates that include a 100% pass rate on the NCE and a 100% job placement rate, as of 2017/18. As a student here, you’ll have opportunities to study abroad in one of over 50 countries through three different UM sponsored programs, including Partner Universities, International Student Exchange programs, and Faculty-Directed Study Abroad Programs. Plus, you’ll have access to the university’s Career Services, designed to help students with everything from engaging in experiential opportunities to setting career goals.

Nebraska

 
University of Nebraska at Kearney (PU)

Department of Counseling & School Psychology

Kearney, Nebraska

Website

MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (hybrid)

Other Degrees:

MSEd in School Counseling (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $14,700 (in-state), $32,280 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,620 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among the top 10 ‘Best Midwest Public Universities’ by U.S. News & World Report

  • Optional Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Certificate can be added to the master’s program
  • Program features a flexible blend on online, hybrid, and on-campus (evening) courses
  • Extensive community and state partnerships include the Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program, which places graduate-level counselors-in-training into rural Nebraska healthcare settings to provide services

The University of Nebraska at Kearny’s MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a competitive program cost and a comprehensive curriculum designed in a field-based scientist/practitioner model. This means that if you’re looking for a robust course of graduate education to prepare you for licensure as a mental health practitioner in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska at Kearny will get you where you want to be – at an impressive value! This program also offers the flexibility aspiring mental health counselors like you demand, including a blend of online, hybrid, and on-campus evening courses. Extensive community and state partnerships ensure an impressive number of opportunities for experiential learning, including the Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program, which places graduate-level counselors-in-training into rural Nebraska healthcare settings to provide services. And if you want to add another element to your master’s program, the university also offers a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

 
Bellevue University (PR)

Bellevue, Nebraska

Website

MS in Clinical Counseling (on-campus, online)

Estimated Program Cost: $34,500

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Bellevue boasts more than 50 years of academic excellence and more than 50,000 graduates worldwide
  • University’s Real Mastery approach ensures a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace

Bellevue University’s MS in Clinical Counseling is an affordable and comprehensive course of study that features a licensure-track and a fully online or on-campus course of study. With more than 50 years of academic success and more than 50,000 graduates worldwide, Bellevue University has become a recognized leader in higher education. Thanks to the university’s Real Mastery approach, aspiring students like you will gain the practical skills you need to seamlessly transition from the classroom to the workplace. Bellevue is also recognized as a top military-friendly institution, offering a Military Veteran Services Center dedicated to services and support.

Nevada

 
University of Nevada Reno (PU)

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

Reno, Nevada

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Marital, Family, and Couples Counseling
  • School Counseling

PhD in Education – Counselor Education and Supervision

Estimated Program Cost: $16,440 (in-state), $45,384 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $649 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Offered in both a part- and full-time format
  • Late afternoon and evening courses accommodate working professionals
  • University recognized as a National Tier 1 University by U.S. News & World Report

Are you looking for a clinical mental health master’s program that really does have it all? Look no further than the University of Nevada Reno! Their MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a full- and part-time program format…late-afternoon/evening courses that accommodate working professionals…status as a National Tier 1 University by U.S. News & World Report…and a competitively priced program cost that comes in less than the state average among master’s mental health counseling programs. As a student here, you’ll enjoy outstanding, campus-based learning experiences through the Downing Counseling Clinic, a community counseling clinic and training facility that offers family counseling, couples counseling, individual counseling, and play therapy.

New Hampshire

 
Plymouth State University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education & School Psychology

Plymouth, New Hampshire

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $31,500 (in-state), $36,300 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program offers optional concentrations in Addictions Counseling, Couples and Family Therapy, Eating Disorders Institute, Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing, Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing, and Play Therapy
  • In 2017, Plymouth Sate was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a Behavioral Health and Workforce Education Training Program that encourages the expansion of the behavioral health workforce in rural and medically underserved areas

Plymouth State University’s offers aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you with an affordable path to state licensure through the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Choose this program and you’ll also have the option of complementing your graduate degree with a concentration in Addictions Counseling, Couples and Family Therapy, Eating Disorders Institute, Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing, Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing, or Play Therapy. Want another reason to choose Plymouth State for your counseling master’s degree? Plymouth State was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a Behavioral Health and Workforce Education Training Program that encourages the expansion of the behavioral health workforce in rural and medically underserved areas.

New Jersey

 
Kean University (PU)

Nathan Weiss Graduate School

Union, New Jersey

Website

MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees (on-campus):

MA in Counseling – Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

MA in Counseling – College Counseling and Student Services

MA in Counseling – School Counseling

MA in Counseling – School Counseling (LPC Qualification)

PhD in Counseling and Supervision

Estimated Program Cost: $30,048 (in-state), $39,780 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $9,937 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features a flexible curriculum that includes courses offered on weeknights and select Saturdays and Sundays
  • Exciting international study experiences available through the university’s China-based campus

Kean University’s MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers a true value in graduate education – it’s priced nearly $10,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degree programs! Designed to prepare you to become a Licensed Associate Counselor (and eventually a Licensed Professional Counselor) in New Jersey, the MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a dedicated faculty recognized for scholarship and services, a flexible curriculum with courses offered on weeknights and select Saturdays and Sundays, and outstanding experiential opportunities through the Community Counseling and Wellness Center. Considering international learning experiences? Kean University is the only public university in the U.S. to have a campus in China!

 
Caldwell University (PR)

Graduate Studies

Caldwell, New Jersey

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $35,100

$17,038 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features an emphasis on cognitive-behavior theory
  • Optional specialization in art therapy available
  • A dedicated faculty, small class sizes and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensure a personalized learning experience

Satisfy the educational requirements to become a licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey—all at more than $17,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degree programs—through Caldwell University’s MA in Counseling with a Mental Health Counseling specialization! With an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral theory, this program features a qualified faculty, small class sizes, and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio that ensure a personalized learning approach.

New Mexico

 
New Mexico Highlands University (PU)

School of Education

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus, hybrid*)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling

  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (on-campus, hybrid*)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (online)
  • School Counseling (on-campus, hybrid*)

*Hybrid delivery is available for the Las Vegas campus and the Farmington and Santa Fe Centers, while Rio Rancho/Albuquerque students must take all courses in-person

Estimated Program Cost: $13,296 (in-state), $21,504 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,026 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP, MPCAC
  • Program also offered in Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, and Farmington with the cooperation of the Educational Outreach Services Program
  • Outstanding opportunities for experiential learning through university resources like the Center for the Education & Study of Diverse Populations, which studies diverse populations whose needs are unmet and their related barriers and develops strategies for removing those barriers

New Mexico Highlands University’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an on-campus and/or hybrid program for aspiring mental health counselors like you seeking a solid graduate program, a convenient delivery method, and an affordable tuition. Competitively priced at more than $1,000 less than the state average for master’s degrees in counseling, the MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling satisfies the requirements to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico capable of working in a variety of settings, including behavioral health institutions, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, community clinics, and more. As a student of New Mexico Highlands University, you’ll also have access to the fantastic resources of the Teacher Education Center, including the Counselor Training Center, MESA-Northern New Mexico, and the Center for the Education & Study of Diverse Populations, which studies diverse populations whose needs are unmet and their related barriers and develops strategies for removing those barriers.

 
New Mexico State University (PU)

Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Estimated Program Cost: $12,984 (in-state), $45,256 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,388 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University recognized as a Top Tier University by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program promotes social justice advocacy and a global perspective
  • Outstanding record of student success: 100% NCE pass rate

New Mexico State University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at more than $1,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling master’s programs, is an affordable path to state licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Mexico. Plus, you’ll feel confident choosing this program because of its solid history of students success, including a 100% NCE pass rate. Choose New Mexico State’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and you’ll complete a program that promotes social justice advocacy and a global perspective. Many faculty members conduct multicultural research that supports this focus and the university’s reputation as a comprehensive research institution.

New York

 
Brooklyn College CUNY (PU)

Department of Psychology

Brooklyn, New York

Website

MA in Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MSEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,540 (in-state), $49,800 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,093 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none; however, applicants are encouraged to submit their GRE/MAT scores
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program focused primarily on clinical work with adults and families
  • Outstanding experiential learning opportunities available through the college’s Personal Counseling program
  • Esteemed faculty of active clinicians and researchers

Brooklyn College’s MA in Mental Health Counseling offers a value in graduate education, thanks to a total program cost that’s more than $1,000 less than the state average. Focused on psychodynamic, experiential/humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to counseling, with an emphasis on clinical work with adults and families, this program consists of a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum and experiential opportunities, including work at the college’s Personal Counseling program. Choose Brooklyn College for your master’s in mental health counseling and you’ll study under an esteemed faculty of active clinicians and researchers while you enjoy opportunities to participate in research projects.

 
College of Staten Island CUNY (PU)

Department of Psychology

Staten Island, New York

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,540 (in-state), $49,800 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $1,093 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • Exciting on-campus research opportunities available
  • College named among ‘America’s Top Colleges 2018’ by Forbes
  • Ranked among the nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by Money magazine

The College of Staten Island’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a comprehensive curriculum, a dynamic cohort learning format, and a value in graduate education. This program is delivered at the main Willowbrook campus and the new St. George location, which enjoys a convenient location at Staten Island’s transportation hub. Other reasons to consider the College of Staten Island for your master’s in clinical mental health counseling include: a spot among ‘America’s Top Colleges 2018’ by Forbes and among the nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by Money magazine.

 
St. Bonaventure University (PR)

Graduate Counseling Programs

St. Bonaventure, New York

Website

MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus, online)

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus, online)

Other Degrees:

MSEd in School Counseling (on-campus, online)

Estimated Program Cost: $45,300

$30,756 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Offered as both a clinically focused and research-focused program
  • Online program features an asynchronous design and manageable, seven-week courses
  • Outstanding record of student success includes a 95% completion rate and 90% job placement rate

St. Bonaventure University offers both an MSED and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at a truly affordable rate—more than $30,000 less than the state average among private counseling master’s degrees. Interested in a clinically focused degree? Choose the MSEd. Looking for a research-focused program that includes the completion of a thesis? Choose the MS. Either way you’ll satisfy the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. Choose St. Bonaventure and you’ll have the option of earning your degree at the Olean campus in a late afternoon/evening format or through an asynchronous online format. St. Bonaventure boasts a record of student excellence for its clinical mental health counseling master’s degree, including a 95% completion rate, a 98% mental health license exam pass rate, and a 90% placement rate. It’s no wonder this university is ranked second in the nation among ‘Best Value Schools’ and 22nd among the top ‘Regional Universities North’ by U.S. News & World Report.

North Carolina

 
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (PU)

Department of Counseling

Pembroke, North Carolina

Website

MA Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

Other Degrees:

MA Ed. in Professional School Counseling (on-campus*)

*Program also offered at Cape Fear Community College through the Wilmington Initiative

Estimated Program Cost: $8,000 (in-state), $30,548 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $5,715 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program boasts small class sizes and a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1
  • UNC at Pembroke features one of the most diverse campuses in the nation
  • Program now offered through the Wilmington Initiative, with classes offered at Cape Fear Community College

At nearly $6,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degree, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s MA in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a sure bet for an affordable education. But this comprehensive course of study is also where you’ll satisfy the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Just a few of the other highlights of this innovative program include small class sizes, a low, student-to-faculty ratio of just 16:1, and one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. UNC also offers the Wilmington Initiative which, as of August 2017, allows students of the MA in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to take courses at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, either part-time or full-time. Students in this program take courses just one evening a week for the best in convenient scheduling.

 
Montreat College (PR)

School of Adult and Graduate Studies

Montreat, North Carolina

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

*program offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and Morgantown

Estimated Program Cost: $26,100

$5,864 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among America’s ‘Best Colleges For Your Money’ by Money magazine in 2017
  • Ranked among the top schools by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities based on factors like educational quality, affordability, and alumni success
  • Program offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and Morgantown

Montreat College’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable (nearly $6,000 less than the state average for clinical mental health master’s degrees) graduate program you’ve been looking for! In fact, this program was recognized as one of America’s ‘Best Colleges For Your Money’ by Money magazine in 2017. But that’s not all. This college has also been ranked among the top schools by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities based on factors like educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. This flexible program is offered in Asheville, Charlotte, and Morgantown, so completing your master’s degree in counseling is easier – and closer - than ever!

North Dakota

 
North Dakota State University (PU)

Counselor Education Department

Fargo, North Dakota

Website

MEd in Clinical Mental Health

MS in Clinical Mental Health

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

MS in School Counseling (on-campus)

PhD in Counselor Education (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,600 (in-state), $27,420 (MN resident), $32,400 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program boasts a 100% NCE pass rate and a 100% job placement rate
  • Choose from a practice-focused (MEd) or research-oriented (MS) master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling
  • Exciting opportunities to conduct research and study abroad

North Dakota State University offers an MEd and MS in Clinical Mental Health that’s both affordable and comprehensive, featuring a robust curriculum that emphasizes relevant areas like psychopathology, advanced clinical assessment, and the social and cultural foundations of counseling. Choose the MEd program and you’ll complete 100 practicum hours and 900 internship hours. Or choose the MS option and you’ll complete 100 practicum hours, 600 internship hours, and a master’s thesis if you have aspirations of future doctoral study and research. As a student here, you’ll enjoy opportunities to: participate in events sponsored by Chi Sigma lota, the international society for counseling; collaborate on master’s and doctoral-level research with other students and faculty; and participate in international service learning projects to places like Jamaica. More reasons to love this program include a 100% job placement rate and a 100% pass rate on the NCE.

Ohio

 
Ohio University (PU)

Patton College of Education

Athens, Ohio

Website

MEd in Counselor Education (on-campus)

MEd in Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MEd in Counselor Education (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

PhD in Counselor Education

Estimated Program Cost: $16,376 (in-state), $32,360 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $4,643 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of below a 2.9
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available to places like Italy and South Africa
  • Opportunities for research and clinical training through the university’s George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research
  • University is ranked among the top public university and college ‘Best Buys’ by Fiske Guide to Colleges

Ohio University’s MEd in Counselor Education with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MEd in Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling programs are everything you’d want in a master’s counseling degree – and more! Priced at nearly $5,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, these programs are an affordable path to a master’s degree in counseling. But they’re also a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a program that not only provides you with the education you need to qualify for the Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio, but also offers up plenty of perks, including options for summer study abroad experiences to places like Italy and South Africa and opportunities for research and clinical training through the George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research. Choose Ohio University for your master’s counseling degree and you’ll be part of an esteemed university that’s rated among the top 3 percent of higher education institutions in the world by the Center for World University Rankings…that’s ranked among the top public ‘Best Buys’ by Fiske Guide to Colleges…and is designated a ‘Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity’ by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education for its annual research expenditures.

 
Ashland University (PR)

Ashland Theological Seminary

Ashland, Ohio

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

*Program also offered at the Columbus Center in Columbus

Estimated Program Cost: $28,600

$11,537 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features an intimate, cohort learning environment that meets just once a week
  • Robust program is taught from a Christian viewpoint
  • Program features an esteemed faculty who serve in a variety of institutional, agency, and private practice settings

Ashland University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to satisfy the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, without breaking your budget! Priced nearly $12,000 less than the state average for private master’s counseling programs, Ashland University offers a true value in graduate education and a program that’s grounded in Christian values. In addition to this program’s robust curriculum, as a student here you’ll enjoy learning in an intimate, cohort environment and under an esteemed faculty who serve in a variety of institutional, agency, and private practice settings. A new cohort of students begins in the fall semester each year, meeting on Thursdays in Ashland in odd-numbered years and on Tuesdays in Columbus in even-numbered years. Choose Ashland and you’ll enjoy support from this university’s outstanding alumni network of more than 4,500!

Oklahoma

 
Oklahoma State University (PU)

College of Education, Health, and Aviation

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • School Counseling

*program also offered at the Tulsa campus

Estimated Program Cost: $13,800 (in-state), $52,560 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $675 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University has been consistently ranked among the top ‘Best Education Schools’ in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program features a flexible curriculum that includes the option of taking courses at either the Tulsa or Stillwater campus
  • Outstanding record of student success includes a 100% pass rate on the NCE

Oklahoma State University offers a competitive tuition and a flexible curriculum that’s offered at both the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses! This program offers everything aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you demand, including a diverse faculty with years of clinical experiences…a variety of counselor training opportunities and experiences…and an impressive history of student success, including an NCE pass rate of 100%. This program, which includes a strong focus on social justice and helping underserved populations, is truly flexible, allowing students to take courses at the Stillwater or Tulsa campus. Choose Oklahoma State University and you’ll be part of a university that’s been consistently ranked among the top ‘Best Education Schools’ in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

 
Northeastern State University (PU)

Department of Psychology and Counseling

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus*)

  • Addiction Counseling
  • School Counseling

*program also offered at the Broken Arrow campus

Estimated Program Cost: $14,100 (in-state), $31,680 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $375 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program available at both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses
  • Outstanding opportunities for both clinical training and faculty-led research
  • University part of the state’s esteemed Regional University System

Whether you’re looking for a path to clinical practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma or further graduate study, Northeastern State University’s MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling has you covered – at a truly affordable rate! In addition to opportunities for exciting clinical training, Northeastern State also enjoys rich research collaboration between faculty and students. For the best in flexibility and convenience, this program is offered at both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. Choose Northeastern for your master’s degree in counseling and you’ll be part of the state’s esteemed Regional University System and the fourth-largest public four-year institution that serves more than 9,000 students annually.

Oregon

 
Portland State University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Portland, Oregon

Website

MA/MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA/MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (on-campus)

MA/MS in Clinical Rehabilitation (on-campus)

MA/MS in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $20,472 (in-state), $31,564 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $11,092 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Great opportunities for on-campus experiential learning through the Community Counseling Clinic
  • Program designed in a cohort format for the best in peer collaboration and communication
  • University ranked among the nation’s ‘Most Innovative’ colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Portland State University’s MA/MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is affordable, comprehensive, and packed with perks! Choose this program and you’ll not only enjoy a truly affordable graduate course of education that’s priced more than $11,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degrees, you’ll also be part of a program that’s focused on social justice, diversity and equity. This program is designed in an intimate, cohort format, which ensures outstanding opportunities for communication and collaboration with your peers and instructors. It also features a variety of contemporary courses in areas like crisis assessment and intervention, advanced therapeutic strategies, and systemic perspectives on human sexuality. Known as Oregon’s most affordable public research university, Portland State features 27,000 students, a world-class faculty known for their groundbreaking research, an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of just 18:1, and a spot among the nation’s ‘Most Innovative’ colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

 
Corban University (PR)

Graduate Programs

Salem, Oregon

Website

MA in Counseling (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $31,200

$11,262 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program designed as a cohort format for excellent peer communication and collaboration
  • Hybrid program features once-weekly evening classes supplemented with online study
  • Superb opportunities for global engagement and learning in a Christian context through the Corban University Center for Global Engagement

Corban University’s MA in Counseling, at more than $11,000 less than the average among private counseling master’s degrees in Oregon, is a true value for aspiring mental health counselors like you looking to satisfy the educational requirements necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Corban’s outstanding faculty and robust curriculum, which add to this program’s value, include a cohort learning format for the best in peer collaboration and communication and an esteemed faculty who bring years of clinical experience to the classroom. Choose Corban and you’ll complete the program through a hybrid model that includes evening and online classes. You’ll meet with your instructors and peers just one evening per week at the Salem campus and then complete the remainder of your studies through an innovative online learning format. You’ll then round out this program with a variety of internship and practicum experiences aimed at clinical mental health counseling. You’ll also have opportunities to work with others to discuss and address global issues affecting Christian education and the church through the Corban University Center for Global Engagement. Just a few of the opportunities offered here include Global Partnerships, the Global Scholars Program, study abroad experiences, and the Corban Language Institute.

Pennsylvania

 
California University of Pennsylvania (PU)

Graduate Programs

California, Pennsylvania

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $30,960 (in-state), $46,440 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,560 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: MAT/GRE required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.9
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • Flexible curriculum includes multiple start dates and convenient evening classes
  • Program boasts an impressive 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio for the best in personalized learning

An affordable path to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania is yours through California University of Pennsylvania’s flexible and convenient MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! Just a few of the perks of choosing this program include: flexible start dates…evening classes…a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio…an on-campus counseling lab that provides exciting, on-campus training experiences…and a dedicated faculty of Licensed Professional Counselors who bring their years of experience to the classroom. Choose California University of PA for your counseling master’s degree and you’ll not only enjoy one of the most competitive tuition rates in the state, but you’ll also be part of a program that’s been ranked second in PA for its value by TopCounselingSchools.org.

 
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PU)

School of Graduate Studies and Research

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling

  • Art Therapy (online)
  • College Counseling (online)
  • School Counseling (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $30,960 (in-state), $46,440 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,560 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • Post-master’s certificate in Art Therapy may be earned concurrently
  • Outstanding career services offered through the Center for Career Development include individualized counseling, career planning, and job search services
  • Exciting research opportunities available

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s MA in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health is tops when it comes to affordability, but it’s also quite impressive in terms of academic quality and rigor. This program, guided by an esteemed faculty, features fantastic opportunities for research, a comprehensive curriculum that satisfies the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA, and exciting experiential opportunities through practicums and internships. As a student here, you’ll also have access to the university’s Center for Career Development, which offers a great variety of services and resources, such as individualized counseling, career planning, and job search services. Interested in adding another dimension to your master’s degree in counseling? Complete the university’s post-master’s certificate in Art Therapy program alongside your program!

 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PU)

Department of Counseling

Indiana, Pennsylvania

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

Other Degrees:

MEd School Counseling (on-campus*)

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

*program also offered at IUP Pittsburgh East

Estimated Program Cost: $30,960 (in-state), $46,440 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,560 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • Ranked among the nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes
  • Ranked among the ‘Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities’ by Consumers Digest
  • Program offered in both a part-time and full-time format

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable path to a career in mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, correctional institutions, and more as a Licensed Professional Counselor! Priced at more than $3,000 less than the state average among mental health counseling master’s degrees, this program is also designed to prepare you for future doctoral work, if desired, thanks to its blend of comprehensive coursework, practical learning experiences, and personal development strategies. IUP’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also flexible and convenient, offered in both a part- and full-time format at the main campus or IUP Pittsburgh East campus. Choose IUP and you’ll be part of a university that consistently lands on the ‘Best of’ lists by U.S. News & World Report,Washington Monthly, Forbes, and more!

 
Kutztown University (PU)

Department of Counselor Education

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS School Counseling (on-campus)

MA Counseling (on-campus)

  • Couples, Marital, and Family Therapy

Estimated Program Cost: $30,960 (in-state), $46,440 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,560 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education
  • Impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1
  • Diverse student body from 29 states and 33 nations
  • Outstanding 95% employment rate among graduates

Kutztown University’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable and comprehensive master’s program in counseling you’ve been looking for! It’s affordable, priced at more than $3,000 less than the state average, and it’s comprehensive, providing you with the educational requirements necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA. With an emphasis on developing assessment and research skills and applying them in the profession, this program will prepare you to deftly handle the challenges of working as a mental health counselor in a variety of settings. Choose Kutztown for your master’s in mental health counseling and you’ll be part of a university that features a favorable 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a diverse body of students from 29 states and 33 nations.

 
Messiah College (PR)

Counseling Graduate Programs

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Website

MA in Counseling (online)

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling (online)

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $39,600

$9,156 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding study abroad opportunities – 90% of students here serve or study abroad
  • Online program (with select on-campus intensive requirements) and option of full-or part-time study ensure a flexible and convenient course of study for working professionals
  • Program features rolling admissions that allow you to start the program at multiple points throughout the year

Messiah College’s MA in Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is both affordable and convenient, so returning to school to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania has never been easier! In addition to boasting a program cost that’s nearly $10,000 less than the state average among private counseling master’s degrees, Messiah’s MA in Counseling is also offered as an online program, supplemented with weeklong intensive courses at the Mechanicsburg campus, thereby providing working professionals like you with a truly flexible course of study that allows you to maintain your professional responsibilities while earning your graduate degree. Plus, choose from a part-time or full-time format, completing your degree in as little as two years or as long as six – the choice is yours! Other perks of this robust program include a faculty of experienced counselors and recognized scholars, small class sizes for the best in personalized attention, outstanding study abroad opportunities, (90% of students here study or serve abroad.) and rolling admissions that allow you to start the program at multiple points throughout the year.

Puerto Rico

 
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (PU)

Department of Graduate Studies in Education

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Website

MEd in Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $9,100 (in-state); out-of-state residents pay a tuition equal to the out-of-state tuition costs of their state university

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Rio Piedras Campus is the only institution in Puerto Rico (and in the Caribbean and Latin American region) to be recognized as a Doctoral University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Satisfies the educational requirements needed to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Puerto Rico

The University of Puerto Rico enjoys a reputation as the preeminent institution for academically and professional significant graduate studies in Puerto Rico, so it comes as no surprise that they offer a robust and rigorous MEd in Counseling for aspiring clinical mental health professionals like you. This program, in addition to offering a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Puerto Rico, offers a variety of research opportunities. In fact, the Rio Piedras Campus is the only institution in Puerto Rico (and in the Caribbean and Latin American region) to be recognized as a Doctoral University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

 
Pontifical Catholic University Puerto Rico (PR)

Graduate School of Education

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Website

MEd in Professional Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

EdD in Professional Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $13,330

  • Entrance exam requirement: EXADEP
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Satisfies the educational requirements needed to become licensed as a Professional Counselor in Puerto Rico
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities
The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s MEd in Professional Counseling features a robust curriculum delivered in a positive and supporting environment and designed to be affordable and comprehensive. In addition to providing you with the education needed to qualify to become a Professional Counselor in Puerto Rico, the MEd in Professional Counseling provides you with a curriculum that’s designed to respond to the specific needs of the 21st century. Thanks to collaboration agreements with the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the Business School of Navarra, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, and many other higher institutions around the world, students here can gain valuable, international perspectives in clinical mental health counseling through study abroad opportunities.

Rhode Island

 
Rhode Island College (PU)

Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology Department

Providence, Rhode Island

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $24,420 (in-state), $47,520 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features small class sizes and a favorable, 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available
  • University boasts an expansive alumni network of more than 64,000

Rhode Island College’s MS in Clinical Mental Health is designed to prepare you to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor – at a budget-friendly rate! This program, which has been producing competent and successful mental health counselors for more than a decade, features small class sizes, a student-to-faculty ratio of just 14:1, and an esteemed faculty dedicated to your personal success. Located in Rhode Island’s capital, the MS in Clinical Mental Health ensures fantastic experiential learning opportunities and opportunities to continue your mental health counseling educational experience abroad through the university’s Study Abroad program. Choose Rhode Island College for your mental health counseling master’s degree and you’ll be part of an institution that boasts an outstanding alumni network of over 64,000.

 
Salve Regina University (PR)

Graduate Studies in Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts

Newport, Rhode Island

Website

MA in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in Holistic Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $35,100

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked 18th in the nation among ‘Most Transformative Colleges’ by Money magazine and 28th in the nation among the ‘Best Regional Universities in the North’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • Flexible program features courses at the main campus, as well as online and at Center for Adult Education in Warwick
  • Outstanding record of student success: 98% employment rate among grads within six months of graduation

For more than 39 years, Salve Regina University has offered the finest in counselor education training with a holistic perspective, and its MA in Holistic Mental Health Counseling program continues this tradition. This program is designed to prepare students to establish relationships based on respect and empathy through a robust curriculum that also satisfies the educational requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Rhode Island. This flexible program, while offered primarily at the Newport campus, also offers a number of courses online and at the university’s Center for Adult Education, located in Warwick. Other reasons you’ll love this program include a faculty of seasoned professionals that serve as career-focused mentors…elective courses in holistic counseling and holistic leadership…and a long history of student success. (98% of students here are employed within six months of graduation.)

South Carolina

 
Clemson University (PU)

College of Education

Clemson, South Carolina

Website

MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus*)

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (on-campus*)

E.Ds. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

E.Ds. in School Counseling

*courses also completed at University Center in Greenville

Estimated Program Cost: $16,372 (in-state), $34,552 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,062 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE (analytical writing section)
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • First in the state and 4th in the nation among the top land-grant universities in the Southeast, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Outstanding record of student success: 100% employment rate among graduates
  • Available as both a part-time and full-time program

Clemson University’s MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling boasts a price tag that comes in at $7,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degrees and a robust, scholar-practitioner model that emphasizes wellness, prevention and intervention. Available as both a part-time and full-time program, the MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features evening courses that are taught at both the main campus and University Center in Greenville. Choose Clemson’s clinical mental health counseling master’s degree and you’ll satisfy the educational requirements needed to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor designation in South Carolina. One more reason you’ll love this program: It boasts a 100% employment rate among graduates!

 
Columbia International University (PR)

College of Counseling

Columbia, South Carolina

Website

MA in Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,000

$10,380 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University is the only Christian university in South Carolina with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling
  • Ranked among the top Southern Regional Universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named among the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ schools in the Southeast by Washington Monthly

Columbia International University’s MA in Counseling is a comprehensive program that features a Christian-focused course of study and a true value in graduate education – it’s priced more than $10,000 less than the state average among private counseling master’s degrees! Plus, Columbia International is the only Christian university in South Carolina with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree program in clinical mental health counseling. The MA in Counseling program, which prepares you for licensure as a Professional Counselor in South Carolina, has received a number of accolades for its academic rigor and affordability. For example, its has been consistently recognized as a top Southern Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, a top military school by Military Advanced Educationmagazine, and among the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ schools in the Southeast by Washington Monthly.

South Dakota

 
Northern State University (PU)

Psychology and Counselor Education Department

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Website

MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MSEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $19,140 (in-state), $28,260 (MN resident), $35,760 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $280 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an alumni network of more than 28,000
  • Outstanding record of student success: 98% employment rate among graduates six months after graduation

A competitively priced tuition…an excellent record of graduate success…and a robust curriculum that prepares aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you to become a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health in South Dakota are at the heart of Northern State University’s MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For more than 50 years, Northern State University has been producing competent mental health professionals, and its student success rate reflects this history of excellence. In fact, this program boasts a 96% employment rate among graduates. Other reasons to put Northern State University at the top of your list include an attractive, 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an expansive alumni network of more than 28,000.

Tennessee

 
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (PU)

College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Website

MEd in Clinical Mental Health (hybrid)

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (hybrid)

Estimated Program Cost: $16,488 (in-state), $32,616 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $3,604 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Innovative hybrid course delivery ensures flexibility and convenience for working professionals
  • Exciting experiential learning opportunities and community outreach activities available

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s MEd in Clinical Mental Health offers aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you with an affordable program cost (nearly $4,000 less than the state average among master’s counseling degrees!) and a robust curriculum designed to prepare you for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Tennessee. Choose the MEd in Clinical Mental Health here and you’ll enjoy a hybrid course delivery that’s complemented with student-led presentations, online independent reading and research, and clinical placements in a variety of settings. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a national model for metropolitan universities, offers a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, and exceptional opportunities to engage in community outreach.

 
Carson-Newman University (PR)

Adult & Graduate Studies

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (hybrid)

Other Degrees:

MS in Professional School Counseling (hybrid)

E.Ds. in Collaboration and Leadership in Counseling

MS/E.Ds. in Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $27,000

$11,622 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked among the Top 50 Christian Colleges in the nation by College Atlas
  • University ranked among the Top 15 ‘Great Schools at a Great Price’ in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Convenient hybrid delivery designed specifically for working professionals
  • Excellent mentoring and support by a dedicated faculty

Carson-Newman University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling’s value will catch your attention, but its robust and comprehensive curriculum will hold your focus. At more than $11,000 less than the state average for private counseling master’s degrees, this graduate course of study provides aspiring clinical mental health counselors like you with a truly affordable path to the Licensed Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist credential in Tennessee. But that’s not all this program has to offer. A hybrid course delivery designed for working professionals…personalized attention through close interaction with faculty…and excellent career services and resources through the Office of Career Development are just a few of the perks that you’ll enjoy here. Choose Carson-Newman for your master’s in mental health counseling and you’ll be part of a university that’s ranked among the Top 50 Christian Colleges in the nation by College Atlas and among the Top 15 ‘Great Schools at a Great Price’ in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

Texas

 
University of North Texas Dallas (PU)

College of Education

Denton, Texas

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MEd/MS in School Counseling (on-campus)

  • Elementary School Counseling Track
  • Secondary School Counseling Track

PhD in Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $10,856 (in-state), $25,548 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $7,023 less than the state average for CACREP/MPCAC-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding collaborative partnerships ensure a myriad of experiential learning opportunities
  • Counseling program’s been ranked first in Texas and 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Exciting research opportunities

The University of North Texas Dallas is home to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, an innovative course of study that’s priced more than $7,000 less than the state average for mental health counseling master’s programs! Designed to prepare you for state licensure and for exciting careers in mental health centers, private counseling agencies, drug abuse treatment centers, family counseling centers, and more, the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features a learner-center model of instruction, collaborative partnerships for exciting experiential opportunities, the promotion of faculty and student research, and a regionally and nationally recognized faculty. Choose the University of North Texas Dallas and you’ll be part of a counseling program that’s been ranked first in Texas and 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report!

 
Seminary of the Southwest (PR)

Austin, Texas

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

  • Latino/Hispanic Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $31,152

$14,950 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program features four courses in spiritual integration designed to provide you with the opportunity to integrate your spiritual and religious values with the counseling profession
  • Program features a convenient evening/weekend format and part- and full-time options
  • Optional concentration in Latino/Hispanic Counseling

Seminary of the Southwest’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the model of affordability, convenience, and learning within a Christian framework. Priced nearly $15,000 less than the state average for private counseling master’s degrees, the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide you with an affordable path to state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. And it’s full- and part-time program options, combined with evening and weekend courses, offer the best in flexibility and make returning to school to earn your master’s in counseling easier than ever! Want to add another element to your graduate degree? Choose a concentration in Latino/Hispanic Counseling and you’ll gain the tools necessary to provide the highest level of mental care to the nation’s fastest growing population. Through four courses in spiritual integration, this program provides aspiring mental health counselors like you with the opportunity to integrate your spiritual and religious values with the counseling profession.

Utah

 
University of Utah (PU)

Department of Educational Psychology

Salt Lake City, Utah

Website

MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MEd in School Counseling (on-campus)

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Estimated Program Cost: $23,008 (in-state), $67,916 (out-of-state)

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • Small cohort design features an intimate learning environment of just 8-12 students
  • Evening courses accommodate the schedules of busy, working professionals
  • Outstanding student support services includes career resources through the Career & Professional Development Center

The University of Utah’s MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling features an innovative cohort format that’s designed specifically to meet the demands of today’s busy professional. This highly selective program, which accepts just 8-12 students per year, includes just once-weekly evening courses and an intimate, collegial atmosphere that encourages peer-to-peer collaboration and close contact between students and instructors. Choose the University of Utah for your master’s counseling degree and you’ll benefit from the best in student support, which includes outstanding resources and services through the Career & Professional Development Center.

 
University of Phoenix - Utah (PR)

College of Social Sciences

Murray, Utah

Website

MS in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (online)

Estimated Program Cost: $43,974

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Innovative online program allows you to take just one course at a time
  • All textbooks and learning materials are readily available in an electronic format
  • Outstanding faculty advisors oversee your progress and provide mentoring and support throughout the program

The University of Phoenix’s MS in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling is an innovative course of graduate education that features an experienced faculty, a robust curriculum that emphasizes cultural competency and client advocacy, and a flexible, online delivery method that allows you to take just one course at a time. Just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy here include: the UPOX Classroom, which features all textbooks in an electronic format…outstanding faculty advisors who provide support, challenge your learning, and oversee your progress in the program…and a fully online format that allows you to complete the program on your time. Choose the MS in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and you’ll satisfy the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Utah and many other states.

Virginia

 
Radford University (PU)

College of Graduate Studies and Research

Radford, Virginia

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MS in School Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $16,672 (in-state), $34,880 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $9,041 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Outstanding record of program success includes an NCE pass rate of 97% and a job placement rate of 95%
  • Ranked among the ‘Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast by the Princeton Review
  • Named among the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ Universities by Washington Monthly

At more than $9,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, Radford University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the affordable path to a career as a clinical mental health counselor! This practitioner-based program is largely clinical, featuring significant opportunities for situated learning and clinical practice. It’s also earned a solid reputation for student success, thanks to statistics that include an NCE pass rate of 97% and a job placement rate of 95%. Choose Radford and you’ll benefit from this program’s individualized plan of counseling education that seamlessly combines courses, directed experiences, supervised clinical experiences, and opportunities for personal growth. No wonder it’s been consistently recognized among the ‘Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast’ by the Princeton Review, among the ‘Best Regional Universities’ in the South by U.S. News & World Report, and among the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ Universities by Washington Monthly.

 
University of Lynchburg (PR)

Graduate Programs

Lynchburg, Virginia

Website

MEd in Counselor Education (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MEd in Counselor Education (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $31,500

$11,084 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Program focused on individual, family, and group counseling
  • Long recognized as a leading institution of higher education by publications like the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report

The University of Lynchburg’s MEd in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you to become an effective, ethical, professional clinician — all at an incredible value! Priced more than $11,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, the MEd in Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare you for state licensure and national certification without busting your budget! Long recognized as a leading institution of higher education by publications like the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, this program is focused on the areas of individual, family, and group counseling, thereby preparing you to serve in a variety of mental health settings.

Washington

 
Central Washington University (PU)

Department of Psychology

Ellensburg, Washington

Website

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Estimated Program Cost: $17,802 (in-state), $42,540 (out-of-state)

In-state tuition $8,815 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at public universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • University ranked first in the State of Washington for its impact on graduates, according to the Economist
  • Intimate learning environment of approximately 8 students each year
  • Outstanding record of student success include an NCE pass rate of 100% and job placement rate of 99% (as of 2016-17)

Central Washington University’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is affordable, comprehensive, and rigorous, preparing aspiring mental health counselors like you for state licensure, national certification, and a vast array of opportunities in mental health settings. This small program emphasizes intense clinical training and supervision while providing students with a comprehensive look at social and cultural diversity, professional and ethical practices, social justice and advocacy, and more. While just about eight students are admitted into the program each year, students come from a variety of backgrounds. Faculty of this program also have a wide range of specializations and research interests, such as multicultural and diversity issues, gerontology, substance abuse, cognitive complexity, and more. Want yet another reason to place Central Washington at the top of your list? This program enjoys an outstanding NCE pass rate of 100% and job placement rate of 99% (as of 2016-17).

 
Gonzaga University (PR)

School of Education

Spokane, Washington

Website

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on-campus)

Other Degrees:

MA in Marriage & Family Counseling (on-campus)

MA in School Counseling (on-campus)

MA in Counseling, site-based

(Canada)

Estimated Program Cost: $21,874

$23,124 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Exciting study abroad opportunities available
  • Small cohort model features an impressive 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Program’s outstanding history of student achievement includes a 100% NCE pass rate and a 100% employment rate

With its MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling priced more than $23,000 less than the state average for counseling master’s degrees, Gonzaga University is a beacon of affordability. But this program’s value extends beyond its price tag. Featuring a two-year cohort model, the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling allows you to learn collaboratively among like-minded peers. This program also boasts a favorable 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an impressive record of student success, including a 100% NCE pass rate and a 100% employment rate. About half of all students here complete a study abroad experience to locations in Africa, Central America, South America, and more!

West Virginia

 
Marshall University (PU)

College of Education and Professional Development

Huntington, West Virginia

Website

MA in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health emphasis (hybrid*, online)

Other Degrees:

MA in Counseling with a School Counseling emphasis (hybrid*, online)

*program also offered at the South Charleston campus

Estimated Program Cost: $16,864 (in-state), $29,896 (metro residents), $40,700 (out-of-state)

 
  • Entrance exam requirement: none
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Optional Graduate Certificate in Violence, Loss, and Trauma Counseling can be earned concurrently
  • Offered as a hybrid or fully online program
  • University is ranked among the top public schools in the South and among the nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program is offered at both the Huntington and South Charleston campuses
 

Marshall University’s MA in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health emphasis, which is co-located on the Huntington and South Charleston campuses, is an affordable path to earning the Licensed Professional Counselor designation in West Virginia. But it also offers the flexibility you’re looking for in a master’s program. Choose from a hybrid program that features a blend of campus and synchronous/asynchronous online course, or the new, distance education program option, which features a fully online program of synchronous/asynchronous courses. Whichever program you choose, you’ll feel confident knowing you’re studying at a university that’s been ranked among the top public schools in the South and among the nation’s ‘Best Colleges’ by U.S. News & World Report.

Wisconsin

 
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (PU)

School of Education

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Website

MS in Educational Psychology (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Educational Psychology (on-campus)

  • School Counseling

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Estimated Program Cost: $23,764 (in-state), $49,840 (out-of-state), $37,120 (MN reciprocity), $34,152 (Midwest Student Exchange)

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: MPCAC
  • Outstanding alumni network of more than 185,000
  • Program boasts evening and select online classes to suit the schedules of busy, working professionals
  • Opportunities to work with the program’s internationally recognized faculty on their research teams
  • Opportunities to take specialized electives from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare to satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee MS in Educational Psychology with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is affordable, convenient, and comprehensive, boasting an esteemed faculty that’s recognized for its commitment to diversity…a superb location near downtown Milwaukee and just 90 minutes from Chicago…evening and select online courses for flexible learning…and plentiful opportunities to work with the program’s internationally recognized faculty on their research teams and present your work at national conferences. Plus, add specialized electives from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare to your master’s program and you’ll satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Wisconsin. Choose the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and you’ll enjoy outstanding practical learning opportunities through the school’s rich partnerships with more than 3,900 companies and nonprofits in the region.

 
Mount Mary University (PR)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Website

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Other Degrees:

MS in Counseling (on-campus)

  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling

Estimated Program Cost: $45,600

$1,950 less than the state average for CACREP-accredited counseling master’s degree programs at private universities.

  • Entrance exam requirement: GRE/MAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0
  • Accreditation: CACREP
  • Optional certificate in trauma counseling can be earned alongside your degree
  • Program was awarded the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Innovation Counselor Education Program award in 2016
  • Program can be designed for clinical practice or future PhD work
  • Flexible curriculum features both full- and part-time options

Mount Mary University’s MS in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Counseling is affordable, at nearly $2,000 less than the state average among counseling master’s degrees, and comprehensive, providing you with the educational requirements needed to earn state licensure as a Substance Abuse Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. This program features both full- and part-time options, an esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners, small class sizes that encourage collaboration and communication with your peers and instructors, and the option of adding a certificate in trauma counseling to your degree. Want yet another reason this program stands out from the competition? It was awarded the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Innovation Counselor Education Program award in 2016 to honor an ‘outstanding, innovative, and/or unique counseling or counselor education program at an institution in the NCACES region.’ Interested in immediate clinical practice? Choose a comprehensive exam to round out your master’s degree. Have PhD study on your mind? Complete research/thesis credits.