Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology


Am I qualified to get into an online counseling psychology master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into most master’s level degree programs in psychology.

Additional Requirements


What undergraduate degrees do counseling psychology master’s students typically hold?

  • Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Education

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in counseling?

  • Volunteer or work part-time in a human services setting with your population of interest, i.e., children, students, parents, couples, elderly.
  • Gain research experience as an undergraduate student or in other opportunities to participate in projects through research labs or university centers.
  • Join a relevant professional association, such as the American Counseling Association.
  • Attend a meeting sponsored by the local chapter of an organization providing human services support and resources to the community.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online counseling psychology master’s students?

  • Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship: Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, this scholarship is available to full-time graduate students working on research related to the psychological effects and stigma experienced by adults with physical disabilities.
  • Randy Gerson Memorial Grant: Students conducting research in the areas of family and couple dynamics or multi-generational processes are eligible to apply for this $6,000 grant.
  • Basic Psychological Science Research Grant: Students who need research support and are members of the American Psychological Association’s graduate student group (APAGS) are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant.
  • Thelma Hunt Research Grant: Student members of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, who are also conducting empirical research, are eligible to apply for a $3,000 grant to support their work.
  • APF Graduate Student Scholarships: Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, this program offers 16 annual awards of $1,000 to $5,000 to support graduate student research.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online counseling master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • An understanding of the important role and influence of a counseling professional serving a diverse population or community.
  • The ability to interpret and apply research results to practice as a counselor in a range of professional settings.
  • Knowledge of multiple approaches for working with individual clients and groups facing personal, vocational and emotional challenges; recommending interventions within ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Some master’s-level counseling psychology programs are designed to prepare students for state licensure, while others are more focused on preparing students to move on to doctoral-level programs.

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in counseling psychology, what will my job prospects look like?

  • School and Career Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $70,070
    • City with Highest Pay

      El Centro, CA — $77,850
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $50,700
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bloomington, IN — $56,860
  • Social Worker

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Rhode Island — $70,860
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $80,280
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Montana — $38,620
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Visalia-Porterville, CA — $47,040
  • Rehabilitation Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $55,410
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bay City, MI — $66,790
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Idaho — $37,860
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Coeur d'Alene, ID — $34,500
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Michigan — $50,890
    • City with Highest Pay

      Lansing-East Lansing, MI — $66,970
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Rhode Island — $34,020
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Waterbury, CT — $44,050
  • Mental Health Counselor

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $57,040
    • City with Highest Pay

      Ocean City, NJ — $71,090
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $41,550
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lynchburg, VA — $42,040

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the counseling psychology field today?

  • Counseling Today: This monthly magazine is published by the American Counseling Association, which provides open access to feature articles and other resources on its site.
  • Career Convergence: The National Career Development Association provides this free monthly magazine online to inform career counselors working in a variety of industries from college and K12 education to corporate and non-profit settings.
  • Counselor Magazine: This free online magazine features articles and new updates for counselors addressing addiction, behavior and health issues.
  • Journal for Counselor Preparation and Supervision: Published by the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselors and Supervisors, this open access journal focuses on research while also addressing current issues in the field and informing counseling practice.
  • Online Readings in Psychology and Culture: An open online resource, this publication was designed for researchers, teachers and students, and is sponsored by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

What RSS feeds related to counseling psychology are worth subscribing to?

  • Psychology Press: Get the latest psychology news updates from the Taylor and Francis Group publishing house.
  • American Psychological Association: Subscribe to updates tailored for graduate students through the APA’s gradPSYCH blog.
  • Journal of Counseling Psychology: Review abstracts for all of the latest research articles published in this academic journal.
  • The Ethical Therapist: This blog from licensed psychologist and professor Dr. Sharon K. Anderson provides guidance and resources related to ethical counseling practices.
  • The Counseling Psychologist: Receive updates and article abstracts from this publication from the Counseling Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.


  1. Angelo State University

    12 Master’s Programs Available
  2. Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division

    10 Master’s Programs Available
  3. Arkansas Tech University

    23 Master’s Programs Available
  4. Aspen University

    36 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 720 S Colorado Blvd Ste 1150N
    • Denver, CO
    • (800) 441-4746

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Primarily Online
    • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
    • Student Population: 2,058
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 398

    Master’s Programs Available

  5. Austin Peay State University

    8 Master’s Programs Available
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