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2021 Best Value Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

380 Colleges
$9,394 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$42,896 Avg Salary

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.

Today's teaching students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Teaching Degree Search has created the Best Value Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 380 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best value experiences for student counseling students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value 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 value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Student Counseling

#1

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Fitchburg State University the best value school in the United States for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Fitchburg State are $5,742 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Fitchburg State also did well on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Concordia University, Irvine. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Concordia University, Irvine are $7,953 per year. 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.

In addition to its great value ranking, Concordia University, Irvine is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#3

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

The excellent master’s degree programs at University of the Cumberlands helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best value student counseling schools in the United States. Located in the remote town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Cumberlands are $5,970 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at Cumberlands accumulate an average of around $21,454 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 $196.

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#4

Providence College

Providence, RI

Out of the 380 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Providence College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Providence are $9,660 per year. On average, student counseling graduates from Providence take out $25,668 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

In addition to its great value ranking, Providence is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

UT Permian Basin graduate students pay an average of $6,664 in tuition and fees each year.

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#6

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree student counseling programs. Located in the large city of Irvine, Brandman is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Brandman are $12,320 a year.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Brandman is ranked #2 for overall quality for student counseling in the United States.

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#7

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

Buena Vista University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. BVU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Storm Lake.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at BVU are $9,594 a year. The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at BVU take out while working on their Master's Degree is $32,239. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $395.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, BVU also did well on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $8,474 per year. On average, student counseling graduates from Minnesota State Mankato take out $27,786 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 $314.

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#9

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

With a ranking of #9, McDaniel College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. McDaniel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Westminster.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at McDaniel are $9,280 a year. While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at McDaniel accumulate an average of around $43,983 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $483.

In addition to its great value ranking, McDaniel is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#10

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University, Chicago 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 #10 on the list. Concordia University, Chicago is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of River Forest.

Concordia University, Chicago graduate students pay an average of $9,180 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at Concordia University, Chicago accumulate an average of around $32,808 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $352.

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#11

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree student counseling programs. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Des Moines.

Drake graduate students pay an average of $11,818 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Drake also did well on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#12

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University 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 #12 on the list. Wilmington University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of New Castle.

Wilmington University graduate students pay an average of $8,834 in tuition and fees each year. On average, student counseling graduates from Wilmington University take out $36,293 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 $414.

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#13

Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

With a ranking of #13, Wayne State College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. WSC is a small public school located in the distant town of Wayne.

WSC graduate students pay an average of $9,392 in tuition and fees each year. On average, student counseling graduates from WSC take out $25,967 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $305, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #14, Minnesota State University - Moorhead did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, MSU Moorhead is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at MSU Moorhead are $9,540 a year. The average amount in student loans that student counseling majors at MSU Moorhead take out while working on their Master's Degree is $38,747. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $478, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lubbock Christian University 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 #15 on the list. Located in the city of Lubbock, LCU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

LCU graduate students pay an average of $8,424 in tuition and fees each year. On average, student counseling graduates from LCU take out $33,268 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree.

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#16

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Scranton, University of Scranton is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

University of Scranton graduate students pay an average of $11,630 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, student counseling graduates from University of Scranton carry an average student debtload of $39,611.

University of Scranton also claimed a spot on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Loras College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Loras is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dubuque.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Loras are $10,800 per year.

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Northwest Missouri State University ranked #17 on this year’s Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the remote town of Maryville, Northwest is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Northwest are $7,023 per year.

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With a ranking of #19, North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at North Dakota State University are $11,123 per year. Student Counseling majors at North Dakota State University take out an average of $24,006 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 $227.

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#20

Chadron State College

Chadron, NE

Chadron State College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree student counseling programs. Chadron State College is a small public school located in the remote town of Chadron.

Chadron State College graduate students pay an average of $9,438 in tuition and fees each year.

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#21

Spalding University

Louisville, KY

With a ranking of #21, Spalding University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Spalding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Louisville.

Spalding graduate students pay an average of $12,825 in tuition and fees each year. 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.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Spalding also is in the top 15% of our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking.

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#22

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Holy Family is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Holy Family are $9,290 per year. While working on their Master's Degree, student counseling majors at Holy Family accumulate an average of around $58,598 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 $704.

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With a ranking of #23, Salem State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Salem State is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Salem.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Salem State are $10,175 a year. Student Counseling majors at Salem State take out an average of $24,606 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 $269.

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#24

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Xavier University of Louisiana came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of New Orleans, XULA is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at XULA are $7,521 per year. Student Counseling majors at XULA take out an average of $56,559 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $668, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

With a ranking of #25, Whitworth University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for student counseling students working on their master’s degree. Whitworth is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Spokane.

Whitworth graduate students pay an average of $12,168 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Whitworth also did well on our Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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

#26

Stephens College

Columbia, MO
#27

Assumption University

Worcester, MA
#29

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#30

Evangel University

Springfield, MO
#32

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL
#33

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#33

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#35

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, PR
#39

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, TN
#40

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV
#41

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
#42

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, TN
#44

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD
#45

National University

La Jolla, CA
#45

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 380 different United States student counseling schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Capital University Columbus, OH
52 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
53 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, OK
53 Missouri Baptist University Saint Louis, MO
55 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
56 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
56 University of West Alabama Livingston, AL

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 Value Student Counseling Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
58 Touro College New York, NY
58 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
60 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL
61 Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
61 Marywood University Scranton, PA
63 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
64 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
65 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
66 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
67 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
68 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
68 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
70 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
71 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC
72 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
73 Harding University Searcy, AR
73 Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant, OK
73 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
76 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX
76 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
76 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
76 The Sage Colleges Troy, NY

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.

  • 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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