Go Where Your Dedication Will Be Needed – and Valued

Just earned your bachelor’s degree? Looking to advance your career or explore a new direction? Harness your passion to change lives by embarking on one of the fastest-growing career paths today: earn your M.S. in Counseling. 

As more public and private sector leaders prioritize the urgent need for trained counselors in today’s volatile world, your growth opportunities in the field are both promising and diverse. Pick your passion: our five rewarding M.S. in Counseling concentrations empower you to help the people and issues that inspire you most.

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Earning Potential and Job Growth

Counseling occupations are projected to enjoy strong employer demand and faster than average growth across the Southeast, particularly in Florida.
Florida Georgia Southeast National
Base year 21,270 13,530 112,520 324,500
Projected Year 26,100 16,300 135,370 351,700
Growth Rate 22.7% 20.5% 20.3% 8.5%
Total Annual Openings 2,910 1,800 14,950 37,300
Aggregate Growth - All Occupations 15.7% 11.7% 11.1% 5.2%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: State and regional projections refer to the years 2016-2026, national projections refer to the years 2018-2028.

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: online and on campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie (Fall/Winter/Summer); Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa (Fall only). School Counseling/Substance Abuse Counseling: online and on campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie (Fall/Winter); offered in a hybrid format in Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach and Tampa (Fall only). Applied Behavior Analysis is offered online.

Start Dates

Start your M.S. in Counseling in August (apply by 7/7); January (apply by 12/1); or May (apply by 3/29).


Tuition for the degree program is $790 per credit hour.

Degree Completion

NSU’s Master in Counseling program is 48-60 total credits to complete, depending upon concentration chosen and undergraduate coursework to date.

Three-Day Residency Benefit for All Online Counseling Students

The Residential Institute enhances your online distance program with three days of professional onsite engagement, including face-to-face personalized faculty mentoring and feedback, team counseling activities, clarification around required clinical field experiences, protocols, and professional expectations and other goals designed to maximize your academic and professional success.

  • Required attendance for all online M.S. Counseling program students
  • Held Friday morning through Sunday afternoon
  • Choice of NSU Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus or NSU Regional Campus in Orlando
  • Part of PYCL 0511, Introduction to Counseling Techniques, typically taken in 2nd program semester

In December 2018, NSU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program applied for secondary specialty accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and is published on CACREP's Directory section of their website as "Accreditation Status: In Process."

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