Top School for a Mental Health Counseling Degree - Phoenix, AZ

School and Ranking Information

Several of the schools in the Phoenix, AZ, area that provide counseling degree programs are for-profit institutions, though there are a couple of nearby public and not-for-profit options. Based on ranking, student services and student population, the following public school is considered a top choice in the Phoenix area for mental health counseling degree programs:

  • Winner: The main campus of Arizona State University is located in nearby Tempe, with other campuses throughout the area including one in Phoenix. The university is the largest and the only public university in the Phoenix area providing graduate studies in counseling.

School Info Chart

Category Arizona State University
Ranking #129 (tied) Best National Universities (2015)*
Location Tempe, Arizona
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $9,861 (in state); $23,654 (out-of-state)**
Mental Health Counseling Degrees Offered Master's and doctoral
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 47%**
Noteworthy Ranked in the top 15% of all American 4-year universities by The Princeton Review (2015)*** and #88 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2014)***; Ph.D. counseling program accredited by the American Psychology Association and the master's in counseling program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Arizona State University

Arizona State University

  • Curriculum combines classroom instruction with clinical internships and field experiences
  • Counseling programs prepare graduates for state and national licensing exams
  • On-site and virtual Counseling Training Centers allow students to deliver counseling services to the university's community

Founded in 1885, Arizona State University is a 4-year public school and member of the University of Arizona System. It operates four campuses, the main one consisting of 14 colleges located in and around Phoenix. The School of Letters and Sciences offers a Master of Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology. Both programs are available on the university's downtown Tempe campus.

The 60-credit-hour Master of Counseling program requires 2-3 years of full-time study. Classes focus on counseling theories, professional ethics, human development, multicultural counseling and patient analysis. Students focus on practitioner studies, research or school counseling and complete 12-15 hours of coursework in their chosen area. Internships, fieldwork and other in-person experiences - both in counseling facilities and the school's counseling training center - are curriculum components.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology program requires seven years of full-time study, the last year of which consists entirely of a counseling internship. Classes include psychological counseling theory and testing, group counseling and problem prevention. Students simultaneously earn a Master of Counseling while completing the program. They must also pass a comprehensive exam and write a thesis and dissertation.

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