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2021 Best Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools

433 Colleges
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Finding the Best Student Counseling Master's Degree School for You

With 13,679 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, student counseling is the #7 most popular major in the United States.

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Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Teaching Degree Search has created the Best Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 433 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for teaching students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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2021 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the student counseling master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Master's in Student Counseling

#1

Alfred University

Alfred, NY

Our analysis found Alfred University to be the best school for student counseling students who want to pursue a master’s degree in the United States. Alfred is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Alfred.

While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at Alfred accumulate an average of around $23,059 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $233, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Brandman University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best student counseling schools in the United States. Located in the city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Southern California. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Student Counseling majors at USC take out an average of $79,453 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,028.

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#4

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Out of the 380 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lehigh University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from Lehigh carry an average student debtload of $30,348. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $380, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

National University

La Jolla, CA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means National University is a great place for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. National University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of La Jolla.

On average, student counseling graduates from National University take out $46,256 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $500.

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The College of New Jersey landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree student counseling programs. Located in the large suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at TCNJ take out while working on their Master's Degree is $42,524. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

University of Redlands came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Redlands, U of Redlands is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at U of Redlands accumulate an average of around $40,364 in student debt.

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California State University - Los Angeles did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for student counseling students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, California State University - Los Angeles is a public college with a very large student population.

Student Counseling majors at California State University - Los Angeles take out an average of $36,379 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $450.

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#9

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Des Moines.

Student Counseling majors at Drake take out an average of $35,914 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $372, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Concordia University - Irvine landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree student counseling programs. Located in the large city of Irvine, Concordia University Irvine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from Concordia University Irvine carry an average student debtload of $44,343. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $495, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus ranked #11 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

Student Counseling majors at University of Virginia take out an average of $49,441 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

With a ranking of #12, Loyola Marymount University did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at Loyola Marymount take out while working on their Master's Degree is $66,623. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $790.

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California State University - Long Beach came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Cal State Long Beach is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from Cal State Long Beach carry an average student debtload of $30,641. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $363.

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#14

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from Fairfield U carry an average student debtload of $59,428.

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#15

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY

With a ranking of #15, CUNY Lehman College did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Bronx, Lehman is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at Lehman accumulate an average of around $33,194 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $350.

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#16

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Seattle U is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Seattle.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at Seattle U take out while working on their Master's Degree is $65,064. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $717.

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The College of Saint Rose came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. The College of Saint Rose is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Albany.

Student Counseling majors at The College of Saint Rose take out an average of $32,151 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#18

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

With a ranking of #18, Manhattan College did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Riverdale.

Student Counseling majors at Manhattan take out an average of $48,404 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $475.

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#19

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, student counseling graduates from Vanderbilt take out $48,284 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $504, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

With a ranking of #20, Seton Hall University did quite well on this year’s best schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Seton Hall is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of South Orange.

On average, student counseling graduates from Seton Hall take out $49,699 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $557.

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#21

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

On average, student counseling graduates from Providence take out $25,668 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#22

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree student counseling programs. Located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville, Rider is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, student counseling graduates from Rider take out $44,005 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $507.

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#23

Spalding University

Louisville, KY

Spalding University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Spalding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Louisville.

The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at Spalding take out while working on their Master's Degree is $37,211. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls ranked #24 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of River Falls, UW - River Falls is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from UW - River Falls carry an average student debtload of $35,215. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $418, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

California Lutheran University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. CLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Thousand Oaks.

After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from CLU carry an average student debtload of $45,662. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $597.

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Rest of the Top Best Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools

#26

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#27

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#28

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#29

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#30

CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY
#31

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#33

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#36

New York University

New York, NY
#37

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#38

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#39

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#41

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA
#44

Assumption University

Worcester, MA
#45

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#46

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#47

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#48

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#49

Boston University

Boston, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 433 different United States student counseling schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
52 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
53 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
54 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
55 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
56 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
57 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
58 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
59 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
60 Loras College Dubuque, IA
61 California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
62 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
63 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
64 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
65 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
66 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
67 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
68 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
69 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
70 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
71 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
72 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
73 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
74 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
75 CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
76 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI

Student Counseling by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, student counseling has other similar majors worth exploring.

Student Counseling Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 12,145
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 1,182
Other Student Counseling & Personnel Services 352

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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