Top Schools with Masters Programs in School Counseling

Dec 20, 2019

Learn what types of master's programs in school counseling are offered by the top schools in the field. Find out about school and program rankings and degree requirements.

Students have a variety of options when choosing a graduate program in counseling from top ranking institutions. Explore a few of these top schools and the different degree options they offer.

School Overviews

Many of the nation's top universities offer master's degrees in school counseling. The University of Maryland - College Park (UMCP), the University of Florida and Arizona State University are three of these. All are 4-year public schools that offer highly-ranked counseling programs and rank nationally according to U.S. News and World Report.

University of Maryland - College Park

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university's counseling and personnel services program #2 for 2020

The University of Maryland's Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education was ranked number second in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report in 2020. This school offers several options for master's degrees in school counseling, including a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and a combined master's degree and certificate. Earning an MA requires 64 credits, while a minimum of 52 credits are needed to complete the M.Ed.

University of Florida in Gainesville

School Highlight: UF's College of Education has been continually accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since 1954.

The University of Florida (UF) tied for 34th place in the overall U.S. News and World Report ranking of national universities in 2020. Its school counseling program in particular was ranked sixth in the nation among all school counseling and personnel services programs. The College of Education offers two master's degree options in this field, and both can be paired with Education Specialist programs. Both school counseling master's degree programs consist of 72 credit hours of core courses, clinical counseling requirements and an internship.

Arizona State University in Tempe

School Highlight: Students can participate in the school's Counselor Training Center (CTC), which serves the larger community as well as fellow students.

Arizona State University ranks 117th for 2020 according to the U.S. News and World Report for national universities. The university offers a 60-semester-hour Master of Counseling program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In 2016 the program had 44 graduate students and held a 100% licensure/certification pass rate.

Top Graduate Programs in School Counseling

Here are some additional top schools offering degrees in school counseling, as well as unique characteristics of their programs.

  • Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, and is home to MSU's College of Education. The college offers both an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in school psychology.
  • The Ohio State University in Columbus allows students to apply to participate in the First Educational Experience Program (FEEP) to gain hands-on experience.
  • Pennsylvania State University's Cedar Clinic offers both counselor education services and school psychology services in University Park, PA.
  • The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, is host to Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), an international honor society devoted to professional excellence in counseling.
  • The University of Georgia in Athens has a College of Education that ranked #36 among graduate schools in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis offers the Common Ground Consortium. Diverse students looking to enroll in a graduate program in education are supported by the Common Ground Consortium and eligible for scholarships.
  • The University of Wisconsin in Madison is home to the School of Education, which ranked #3 on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Graduate Schools in 2020.

Top graduate schools with master's degree programs in school counseling are spread far and wide across the country. Interested students can compare these top schools, including the University of Maryland and the University of Florida, by a number of distinguishing factors.

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