dcsimg

Top 10 Graduate Counseling Schools

Graduate students who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in counseling are normally interested in working closely with families and communities in need. While this is often times the initial draw for counseling students, however, others may understand that their skill are better put to use in the areas of policy and research. The students in this later group often enter PhD degree programs. Most often, the counseling degrees are houses in the social services or applied social science departments, schools, and colleges. Many times, however, there are departments of counseling. The Setup of the school will depend largely on what courses and expertise each school and college offers.

The schools listed below are ten of the most well established and respected schools for a graduate counseling education. This list is based on the work conducted by U.S. News and World Report and shows a small number of the many counseling schools available. While these are not the only graduate counseling options available to you, these are some of the top notch schools in the country.

  1. Michigan State University The Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education is considered one of the best in the country for its emphasis on hands-on training, clinical learning, and advanced research methods. Students who graduate with master's degrees from this department go on to become active leaders in the field, while PhD graduates become top researchers and educators.
  2. University of Wisconsin--Madison The Department of Counseling Psychology offers master's and PhD degree programs for students who are as interested in research and methodology as they are in practice and hands-on experience. Many of the PhD students already have years of professional experience.
  3. Pennsylvania State University--University Park The College of Education offers graduate degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling for students who are interested in helping those who are looking to get back on track in life. Students will perform hours of clinical work.
  4. University of Iowa The PhD in Counseling Psychology is a heavily research based degree program that allows students much flexibility when it comes to deciding their paths and developing projects, studies, and dissertations.
  5. University of Arizona The Master of Education program in the Graduate College offers students the opportunity to focus on counseling as a primary concentration. This degree provides students with the experience and skills to fill entry level counseling positions in a number of organizations and agencies.
  6. Boston University The Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology provides students with a traditional core education in the basics of counseling psychology while letting them explore their own areas of interest and concentration. This is a program based on research.
  7. George Washington University The Master's in School Counseling degree program is a unique opportunity for working professionals since it is primarily taken off campus. Students communicate online and may travel to campus for professional meetings, interviews, and for clinical research. Many in this program are already working in the counseling field.
  8. Southern Illinois University--Carbondale The Department of Psychology offers a cutting edge degree program for those interested in counseling psychology. This is an innovative, research based program.
  9. San Diego State University The Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students to act as school counselors. Students may choose grade levels and specialties as concentrations.
  10. University of Florida The School of Education offers an excellent counselor education program with master's and PhD degree tracks. Students benefit from clinical field experience, as well as from learning current research methods.
Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Ph.D. in Social Work - Addictions and Social Work
            • Walden’s MS in Psychology program offers 11 specializations to help you gain the knowledge and develop the skills needed to seek career advancement, help others, or prepare for doctoral studies.
            • Prepare to apply the latest psychological research and theory to real-world problems, whether you choose to work in a community agency, in a healthcare setting, or in social services systems.
            • Graduates of this program prepare themselves to apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.
            • Our redesigned MS in Psychology program offers streamlined coursework—five specializations allow you to accelerate your path to a PhD by applying credits earned from your master’s program.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            M.S. in Christian Counseling of Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders
            • Master's Degree in Psychology: Designed for the Working Adult
            • Flexibility: We offer convenient online or evening programs to fit your schedule.
            • Variety: Choose from General Psychology or an emphasis in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
            • Programs focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership qualities, as they apply to your profession.
            • Degrees designed for individuals who desire promotion and/or continued academic exposure in the field of psychology.
            • Speak with an enrollment counselor today & decide which program interests you!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
            • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
            • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
            • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Ph.D. Psychology
            • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
            • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
            • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
            • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
            • Two teaching locations in Seattle, Washington with the university headquarters located in Oakland, California.
            • Online Courses
            Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
            • Offers online & on-campus Master’s in Medical Family Therapy programs with an optional certification in Medical Family Therapy
            • Students participate in a clinical internship with 500 client contact hours and 100 hours of supervision prior to completing the program
            • Topics covered include Couples Therapy, Addictive Disorders, Systematic Diagnosis & Assessment, & more
            • Eligible students can enroll in clinical training program after completing their coursework
            • Online Courses
            M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
            • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
            • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            Show more [+]
            • Financial Aid
            Therapy with Military Families - PhD In Marriage/Family Therapy
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MA in Psychology, Career Management and Counseling Specialization
            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
            • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
            • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
            • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid