Best Graduate Programs in School Counseling
Find out what graduate-level degree programs are available in school counseling at three top schools. Learn about school rankings, and get tips to help you select a program that best fits your needs.
What Should I Look For in a Top School Counseling Graduate Program?
Consider a program that's accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). If you're interested in studying school psychology, look into programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, school counselor licensure requirements include completion of a master's program in addition to hands-on experience. Licensure requirements for school psychologists include at least three years of graduate-level study as well as supervised clinical training (www.nasponline.org). Completing a program at one of the following three schools may lead to professional licensure in school counseling or school psychology.
What Are Three of the Best School Counseling Graduate Programs?
Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington
U.S. News & World Report ranked IU 14th for its graduate programs in school counseling and personnel services in 2019. Research strengths in IU's Counseling and Educational Psychology Department include educational equity, school violence and anxiety disorders. The Master of Science in Counseling and Counselor Education with a concentration in school counseling could help you meet state requirements for a school counselor license. Students interested in becoming elementary or secondary school counselors may also pursue an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Mental Health Counseling.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology could prepare you for work as a college counselor. The Ph.D. and Ed.S. in School Psychology programs offer practicum opportunities in Latin America; these programs may lead to work as a school psychologist. Doctoral candidates might receive clinical training through IU's Center for Human Growth. The following degrees are offered:
- Master of Science in Counseling and Counselor Education
- Educational Specialist in Mental Health Counseling
- Ph.D. in School Psychology
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri (UM) in Columbia
The school was ranked third by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate-level school counseling and personnel services programs in 2019.
A Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in school counseling is available for aspiring K-12 school counselors. A unique online program developed in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Mental Health may lead to an M.Ed. or Ed.S. degree with a mental health focus.
Facilities operated by MU's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology include the Assessment and Consultation Clinic, the Counseling Center and the Coalition for Cultural Competency. Available degrees include:
- M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology
- M.Ed. in School Counseling
- M.Ed. in Career Counseling
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus
The school was first in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 ranking of graduate programs in school counseling and personnel services.
OSU's School of Physical Activity and Educational Services offers master's and Ph.D. programs in counseling. The master's-level school counseling track meets requirements for Ohio's school counseling license. The doctoral program may prepare you for work as a counseling director.
Additional learning resources may be available through the Counselor Education and School Psychology Laboratory for Clinical Research, Training, Outreach & Consultation. You could earn one of the following degrees:
- M.A. in Educational Studies, Counselor Education
- Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Counselor Education
Ten Other School Counseling Graduate Programs
|College/University||Institution Type||Location||Estimated Graduate In-State Tuition*|
|University of Maryland||4-year, Public||College Park, MD||$14,500|
|University of North Carolina - Greensboro||4-year, Public||Greensboro, NC||$8,000|
|University of Georgia||4-year, Public||Athens, GA||$11,000|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||4-year, Public||Madison, WI||$12,000|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, Public||Minneapolis, MN||$18,500|
|Pennsylvania State University||4-year, Public||University Park, PA||$22,500|
|University of Florida||4-year, Public||Gainesville, FL||$13,000|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, Public||Orlando, FL||$9,000|
|Boston College||4-year, Private||Chestnut Hill, MA||$29,500|
|University of San Francisco||4-year, Private||San Francisco, CA||$25,000|
*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education