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Complete Guide to Online Counseling Degrees

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Counselors help people work through mental, emotional, and circumstantial issues in their lives. We list 18 programs in counseling, offered through 11 colleges. Yearly tuition at these schools averages $16,748, with costs ranging from $6,070 to $44,463. Student reviews provide perspectives on the school's attention to students and career helpfulness; these schools have an average recommendation rate of 66 percent and an average career helpfulness rate of 59 percent, according to our reviewers.

Certificate Associate Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Annual Tuition Certificate $15,089 Associate $14,489 Bachelor's $15,131 Master's $15,805 Doctorate $14,186
Annual Earnings (mid-career) -- -- Bachelor's $49,206 Master's $69,563 Doctorate $106,488

An online counseling degree can prepare you for several different counseling settings. The bachelor's degree is most commonly used to prepare for careers as a substance abuse and rehabilitation counselor. Students learn about the psychology of substance abuse, patient interviewing, group therapy, and more. Prospective bachelor's students are advised to check their state's requirements for counselors, as only some allow the bachelor's degree. A master's degree is the most common credential in the counseling field and can be used to become a marriage and family counselor, school counselor, health counselor, and more. These programs require two years of coursework and several thousand hours of fieldwork. The doctorate can be used to become a counseling supervisor or administrator who is responsible for overseeing other therapists.

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