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ULM online counseling program ranked no. 7 in nation for affordability

Published August 30, 2016

MONROE, La. — The University of Louisiana Monroe’s predominantly online master’s in counseling program was ranked no. 7 in the nation for affordability by CollegeChoice.net.

Schools joining ULM on the list include University of Central Arkansas, Salem College, Indiana Wesleyan University, University of North Dakota, among others.

This ranking is a significant honor for health science degrees, which are typically labeled as “high cost” programs. 

The ULM counseling program is constantly being recognized for its quality, flexibility and affordability. In 2015, BestCounselingDegree.net ranked the program no. 22 in the nation. This year’s recognition proves the progress of the program and its growing reputation for affordability.

Students at ULM can earn a Master of Science in Counseling, via a predominantly online format, with a concentration in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and academically prepare students to be Licensed Professional Counselors and/or certified school counselors. The School Counseling concentration is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

“The predominantly online format of the program allows students to attend ULM even though they may reside outside of the geographical region or in rural areas, said Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Studies Director, Dr. Jana Sutton. “The programs are personally transforming and train students to provide effective counseling. The required one-week on-campus workshop has been described by students as ‘life changing.’ I am extremely proud of our programs and faculty and of the success of our graduates.”

According to CollegeChoice.net, an online master's in counseling is highly attractive and can deliver fantastic graduate level education without creating financial burdens or the need to take time off from your career.

“120,000 professional counselors are not enough. Demand for mental health services is high and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that market will only grow over the coming decade,” according to CollegeChoice.net.

To learn more about ULM’s online counseling degrees, visit ulm.edu/onlinedegrees/

To view the complete ranking, visit http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/cheapest-online-masters-in-counseling/.