The Best Counseling Psychology Colleges of 2017
|1||Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||
Location: Evanston, IL and online
Programs Offered: Master of Arts in Counseling
This top-ranked school offers a cutting-edge program for those who want to make an impact in the world of mental health. Set just outside of the culturally rich metropolis of Chicago, students at Northwestern have an opportunity to be immersed in the dynamic world of providing therapy to a diverse set of clients. For those needing more flexibility, Northwestern offers a high-quality online master's program as well. The program prides itself on being at the forefront of research and breakthrough therapy approaches. Students are taught to be reflective practitioners in a “learning-by-doing” model that immerses them in clinical work from the beginning. The fact that 100% of their counseling graduates passed the National Counselors Examination is a testament to their strong academic program.
|2||Adler University||Chicago, IL||
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Chicago, IL
Programs Offered: Doctor of Couple and Family Therapy, M.A in Couple and Family Therapy, M.A in Counseling, various specializations
Gemeinschaftsgefühl. This German word describes the idea that wellbeing is found in community life and our connectedness to other human beings. Alfred Adler, a twentieth-century Austrian psychiatrist and the namesake of this distinguished university was a thought leader in focusing on community wellness. Adler University seeks to carry out the philosophy of Adler, addressing social injustice and relational tensions through a systems approach to therapy. They offer a doctorate program in Couple and Family Therapy, at either a four-year, full-time track or part-time options. Their master's program for counseling encompasses a variety of specialization options, ranging from forensic psychology to art therapy.
|3||The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology||Seattle, WA||
Location: Seattle, WA
Programs Offered: Master’s of Counseling Psychology
The staff at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology are passionate about preparing therapists to utilize a holistic approach to healing and a deep understanding of relationship dynamics. “We prepare therapists to enter the beauty and brokenness of their own stories in order to better meet others with courage, compassion, and awe.” This school is a very small community, with under 300 students, in the Belltown neighborhood of downtown Seattle. They have an intentional focus to engage with diversity and foster healthy dialog within their community. While they do not have a denominational or church affiliation, they approach counseling psychology with the Christian perspective to “serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships.”
|4||California Institute of Integral Studies||San Francisco, CA||
Location: San Francisco, CA
Programs Offered: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
As the first transpersonally-oriented psychology graduate program in the world, the California Institute of Integral Studies believes that education is not just “neck up”. They incorporate Eastern philosophy and current research practices to provide a rigorous education for counseling psychology students. Their master's program for counseling psychology includes focuses on either Community mental health, Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Integral Counseling Psychology, or Somatic Psychology. Between their small class sizes, award-winning counseling centers, and holistic approach, it’s no wonder that they consistently have the highest pass rates of all graduate degree programs in California.
|5||Columbia University in the City of New York||New York, NY||
Location: New York City, NY
Programs Offered: Clinical Psychology MA, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology MA, Ed.M, Ph.D
Right in the heart of Manhattan, Columbia University has a platform to speak into the issues of diversity that are growing in our nation. In addition to raising awareness about the narratives of non-white Americans, they offer one of the only counseling degree programs with an emphasis on Latina/o Mental Health. Their program has a commitment to have experiential training and self-awareness as integral in their courses. The exposure to field-shaping research and a range of opportunities prepare students at Columbia University to be well equipped in a variety of careers.
|6||Lindsey Wilson College||Columbia, KY||
Location: Twenty-six locations in five states (Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia), online
Programs Offered: Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development
With over 26 locations spread throughout the Appalachian region of our country, Lindsey Wilson College may be an ideal place for you to pursue a counseling degree. They offer a weekend-based format for face-to-face classes, as well as an exceptional online program for non-traditional students. Lindsey Wilson College is affiliated with the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church and is passionate about assisting underserved regions through academic excellence and professional integrity. The master’s program, with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling, provides a broad-based generalist degree that will prepare students to serve in a variety of counseling psychology careers.
|7||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Programs Offered: Master’s of Science in Education in Counseling and Mental Health Services, Master’s of Philosophy in Education
The University of Pennsylvania has a unique approach to pursuing a counseling degree. They have a hybrid program that can accommodate the needs of a variety of different pursuits. Their Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) masters program is a one-year program. This is an ideal route for students who would like to pursue a doctorate degree in the field of psychology. This allows them to pursue a Ph.D. (at another university) more quickly. Students who choose to remain for year two enter into the Professional Counseling (PCL) program. These students receive two degrees within two years, both the M.S.Ed and the M.Phil.Ed. The program accommodates both full and part-time students. With prestigious faculty, immediate hands-on experience in the field, and a diverse setting in Philadelphia, this school has a lot to offer.
|8||Naropa University||Boulder, CO||
Location: Boulder, CO
Programs Offered: Master’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling
As the country’s first contemplative university, Naropa is at the forefront of higher education that seeks to integrate Eastern wisdom and holistic practices and Western research and scholarship. Within the counseling program, students can pick one of six unique concentrations: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling, Somatic: Body Psychotherapy, Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy, Transpersonal Art Therapy, or Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy. Classes are small and engaging, integrated with hands-on learning, leading research, and experiential best practices. Set in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Naropa is an ideal place for those interested in a creative approach to counseling psychology.
|9||Webster University||Saint Louis, MO||
Location: 17 locations in the United States, Geneva, Switzerland, online
Programs Offered: Master of Arts in Counseling
With campuses all around the country, and over 30 years of helping high-quality professionals become counselors, a graduate degree from Webster University holds a lot of worth. Rooted in a passion for being culturally inclusive and academically rigorous, this program supports counselors-in-training to best help their clients move forward in their journeys. Their home campus is in St. Louis, but they also offer counseling programs at 16 other campuses across the country, as well as online. If you’re looking for a more international experience, you can even study at their campus in Geneva, Switzerland! The master's program has several emphasis options, including Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Community Counseling, and Family Life Counseling.
|10||Lamar University||Beaumont, TX||
Location: Beaumont, TX, online
Programs Offered: Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University’s counseling program is geared towards those who are interested in becoming clinical mental health counselors. There is an emphasis on being familiar with a wide range of effective therapeutic techniques and equipping practitioners to be able to attend to their client's goals. This program is offered in two formats. If you prefer face-to-face education, you can take classes at their campus in Beaumont, Texas. If an online education appeals to you, their award-winning online program will help you achieve your goals.
List of Counseling Psychology Schools in the U.S.
|School Logo||School Name||Average tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Northwestern University Evanston, IL||
|10 : 1||21,655|
|Adler University Chicago, IL||18 : 1||988|
|The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology Seattle, WA||19 : 1||302|
|California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA||19 : 1||1,488|
|Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY||
|7 : 1||28,086|
|Lindsey Wilson College Columbia, KY||
|19 : 1||2,651|
|University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA||
|12 : 1||24,876|
|Naropa University Boulder, CO||
|11 : 1||942|
|Webster University Saint Louis, MO||
|25 : 1||15,256|
|Lamar University Beaumont, TX||
|29 : 1||14,965|
|Liberty University Lynchburg, VA||
|39 : 1||80,494|
|University of Chicago Chicago, IL||
|7 : 1||15,391|
|Northeastern University Boston, MA||
|15 : 1||19,940|
|University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||
|15 : 1||10,797|
|Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA||
|14 : 1||8,680|
|Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD||
|6 : 1||22,686|
|New York University New York, NY||
|8 : 1||50,027|
|Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA||
|15 : 1||14,354|
|Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA||
|13 : 1||7,054|
|Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL||
|22 : 1||23,236|
|Boston University Boston, MA||
|11 : 1||32,158|
|Adams State University Alamosa, CO||
|22 : 1||3,404|
|Mercer University Macon, GA||
|17 : 1||8,600|
|University of Miami Coral Gables, FL||
|11 : 1||16,825|
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona, MN||
|29 : 1||5,931|
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Schools offering online Counseling Psychology degrees
- 5 Certificates
- 3 Associate's
- 12 Bachelor's
- 22 Master's
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Average annual salary for Counseling Psychology careers
- $48,210 2005
- $54,213 2010
- $57,243 2015
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|Degree Level||Program Length||Colleges||Graduates|
|Associate's||2-year Length||5 Colleges||7 Graduates|
|Bachelor's||4-year Length||47 Colleges||666 Graduates|
|Certificates||< 1 year Length||54 Colleges||317 Graduates|
|Doctoral||1-2 year Length||82 Colleges||565 Graduates|
|Master's||1+ years Length||261 Colleges||9,497 Graduates|
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- Adler University: https://www.adler.edu/
- American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/
- California Institute of Integral Studies: http://www.ciis.edu/
- Columbia University in the City of New York: http://www.columbia.edu/
- Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs: http://www.cacrep.org/
- Counseling Psychology: http://www.counselingpsychology.org/
- Counselor-Licence: http://www.counselor-license.com/articles/becoming-a-counselor.html
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193031.htm
- Lamar University: http://www.lamar.edu/
- Lindsey Wilson College: http://www.lindsey.edu/
- National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/index.shtml
- Naropa University: https://www.naropa.edu/
- National Board for Certified Counselors: http://www.nbcc.org/Exam/NationalCounselorExaminationForLicensureAndCertification/
- Northwestern University: http://www.northwestern.edu/
- The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology: http://theseattleschool.edu/
- University of Pennsylvania: http://www.upenn.edu/
- Webster University: http://www.webster.edu/