On the roster for consideration today is a list of affordable online doctorate degrees in counseling. This can be an excellent opportunity to hone your skills as a counselor and take your career to the next level. Since the master’s in counseling is considered the terminal degree in the field, none of these programs are accredited by the CACREP, and thus may not qualify you for the Marriage and Family Counselor’s License Exam.
Unfortunately, only a limited number of doctorate in counseling degree programs are available online. Therefore it was not possible to compile a pool of options large enough to justify a multifactorial ranking system in which scoring of colleges and universities would be based on a list of specific considerations.
So instead, we ranked the programs solely according to their affordability. See below for the best cheap doctorates in counseling degrees online, ranked from most to least expensive, according to their per credit hour online rate, along with several useful facts about each program.
#4 – Capella University
PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Online
Capella University has an online doctor of philosophy in advanced studies in human behavior that is a 104 quarter credit hour program including coursework in the family in social context and advanced qualitative research methods. The school’s student to faculty ratio is a respectable 22 to 1. Capella University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,618 per quarter credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#3 – Northcentral University
San Diego, California
Online Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy
Northcentral University has an online doctorate of marriage and family therapy that is a 60+ credit hour program with seven career-relevant specializations available. Classes start every Monday and the degree can be completed in under five years. The school boasts a student to faculty ratio of 1 to 1. Northcentral University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,058 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.
#2 – Liberty University
EdD in Community Care and Counseling Online
Liberty University offers an online doctor of education in community care and counseling that is a 57 credit hour program that has three specializations available: marriage and family therapy; pastoral care and counseling; and traumatology. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, Liberty University offers an online graduate rate of $605 per credit hour. Discounted tuition is available for military personnel. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
#1 – University of Louisiana at Monroe
Online PhD with a Concentration in Systemic Studies
The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers an online doctor of philosophy with a concentration in systemic studies that is a 60 semester credit hour program including coursework in qualitative and ethnographic research and social ecology. This degree is non-clinical and based in theory. The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $500 per credit hour for this program, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
This concludes the list of the 4 Cheap Online Doctorates in Counseling for 2018.