Published June 2016
Welcome to our ranking of the 2 top master’s degrees in counseling in Maine.
If you’re thinking about earning your master’s in counseling and you live in Maine (or you would like to) take a look at these top-ranked schools. Maine has but two options for aspiring school and clinical mental health counselors, but both schools have plenty to offer – making your decision a tough one! Affordability, in-depth training, career prep – all are in large supply at these universities in Maine, ensuring that you won’t have to leave the state to get exactly what you need to be a successful professional counselor.
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As one of just two universities in Maine to offer accredited master’s in counseling degrees, the University of Southern Maine has a big responsibility to deliver quality academic options to its students. Fortunately, USM is up to the challenge. Its counselor education program includes three tracks: School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling. Regardless of concentration, all students acquire a thorough understanding of human development, group theory, and research methods while securing a strong grasp of ethical practice in the field. When you graduate, you’ll open the door to numerous professional licensure paths, from alcohol and drug counseling to mental health rehabilitation.
Tuition and Fees: $13,484/yr
Even if Husson University weren’t ranked #1 on this Maine counseling master’s degree ranking, its price tag alone would be enough to attract our attention. But even if you’re the type to put quality above cost – no matter the expense – Husson is still worth a close look. For starters, the 61-credit hour CMHC program is loaded with courses that address every facet of the field, from cultural factors in counseling to career development theories. In addition to a hefty course load, CMHC students must complete a six-credit practicum course and log 900 hours in a clinical internship. And the School Counseling master’s degree is just as rigorous; this 60-credit hour sequence includes a practicum and two internships in order to prepare students for the challenging work that awaits them in K-12 school settings.
Tuition and Fees: $6,480/yr
This concludes our ranking of the best graduate degrees in counseling in Maine. We’ll be sure to update this list as more schools in Maine develop accredited counseling programs, so stay tuned!