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What Are the Top Universities for a Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling?

Master's degrees in guidance counseling prepare students to work as counselors in elementary and secondary schools. Learn about three top universities with graduate guidance counseling programs, which were selected based on rankings and program offerings.

How to Choose a Top School for Guidance Counseling

Schools at every grade level employ guidance counselors to assist students with their educational and developmental needs. Most guidance counselor positions require at least a master's degree. Those pursuing this field may want to consider programs that help prepare students for state licensing, which is often a requirement. Here are some potential options.

What Are Three Top Schools for Guidance Counseling?

New York University in New York City

New York University's (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development offers a Master of Arts in School Counseling and a Master of Arts in Bilingual School Counseling. These programs prepare students to become school counselors in New York and to pass the national certified counselor exam. U.S. News and World Report ranked NYU #30 among national universities in 2021.

  • MA in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling, Pre-K-12

University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a Master of Arts in School Counseling entirely online. The program explores the various phases of developing and executing a counseling program within a school. Students can complete the degree program in 18 months, and the university states that 100% of graduates pass the Texas certification exam for school counselors. The university was ranked #154-#209 among top public universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2021.

  • MA in School Counseling

St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida

St. Thomas University offers a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling. This program prepares students to become licensed guidance counselors in Florida schools. In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Thomas University #94 among regional universities in the South.

  • Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling

More Top Guidance Counseling Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition (2019-2020)*
University of Maryland4-year, PublicBaltimore, MD$15,100
University of North Carolina4-year, PublicGreensboro, NC$5,200
University of Georgia4-year, PublicAthens, GA$8,900
University of Wisconsin4-year, PublicMadison, WI$10,700
University of Missouri4-year, PublicColumbia, MO$9,300
University of Minnesota4-year, PublicTwin Cities, MN$17,600
Ohio State University4-year, PublicColumbus, OH$11,600
Pennsylvania State University4-year, PublicUniversity Park, PA$22,000
University of Florida4-year, PublicGainesville, FL$10,800
University of Central Florida4-year, PublicOrlando, FL$6,900

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education