RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit Colleges Online, a resource promoting nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs, has released its 2016 ranking of the Best Online Doctorates in Psychology and Counseling: http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/rankings/best-online-doctorates-in-psychology-and-counseling-2016/
This is the second doctorate ranking in Nonprofit Colleges Online's series of rankings given the "Students Before Profits Award." The award was created to recognize colleges and universities that put education before the bottom line, particularly in the wake of much bad publicity surrounding online programs.
This Students Before Profits Award ranking lists the top 20 colleges and universities offering fully online or online/on-campus hybrid doctoral-level programs in psychology, counseling, counseling education, or related fields such as marriage and family therapy, according to their affordability. This ranking was limited to schools regionally accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies.
The University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia occupies the first position in the ranking with the lowest estimated tuition of $11,232. The University of Louisiana-Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana, and Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin follow with tuitions of $23,500 and $35,200 respectively.
Other colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order:
Amridge University - Montgomery, Alabama
Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago, Illinois
Eastern University - St. Davids, Pennsylvania
Fielding Graduate University - Santa Barbara, California
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lesley University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Loyola University - Chicago, Illinois
Michigan State University - East Lansing, Michigan
Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon
Professional School of Psychology - Sacramento, California
Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Saybrook University - Oakland, California
Sofia University - Palo Alto, California
Touro University Worldwide - Los Alamitos, California
University of the Cumberlands - Williamsburg, Kentucky
William James College - Newton, Massachusetts
While this particular ranking includes a number of higher end tuition programs, Brett Gershon, editor at Nonprofit Colleges Online, says that "the field of psychology includes a wide variety of schools of thought and we have endeavored to represent the full range of possibilities for doctoral level online/hybrid programs of study in psychology, and related mental and relational health professions." Gershon goes on to say that because "distance education programs in these particular areas are still relatively rare, this mixed mental and relational health doctorate ranking represents a fairly comprehensive collection of online programs in these areas." This ranking will prove useful to individuals who work as practitioners in one of these professional fields and are looking to further their education while continuing to work.
Nonprofit Colleges Online (http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com) is an online resource devoted to promoting online colleges and universities that put students before profits and education before the bottom line. The site publishes rankings, reviews, and other resources to help prospective students learn about, and connect with, schools where they can get a quality online education that puts the needs of the student before those of the corporate shareholder.
Editor, Nonprofit Colleges Online
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