Best Counseling Master's Programs in Illinois

Counseling psychology master’s graduates in Illinois earn a weighted average salary of $56,415 3 years after graduation, placing them in the top 50% nationally.

Cost of living is not considered when comparing states.

Our counseling psychology graduate rankings cover 14 of the 20 programs available in Illinois, accounting for 93% of total student graduates. We only include schools with sufficient earnings and/or debt data.

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#1 in Illinois | #10 in Counseling nationally

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Economic score 0.32

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $71,609

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.4

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $28,809

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#2 in Illinois | #12 in Counseling nationally

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Economic score 0.33

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $56,509

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.3

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $18,759

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#3 in Illinois | #13 in Counseling nationally

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Economic score 0.35

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $69,730

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.4

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $30,077

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#4 in Illinois | #94 in Counseling nationally

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

Economic score 0.77

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $62,346

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.9

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $53,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#5 in Illinois | #98 in Counseling nationally

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

Economic score 0.79

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $53,785

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.8

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $41,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#6 in Illinois | #136 in Counseling nationally

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score 0.96

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $61,450

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.1

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $64,560

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#7 in Illinois | #139 in Counseling nationally

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score 0.97

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $42,643

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 0.7

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $31,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#8 in Illinois | #156 in Counseling nationally

National Louis University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score 1.03

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $54,885

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.1

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $58,584

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#9 in Illinois | #179 in Counseling nationally

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score 1.18

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $54,024

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.1

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $61,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#10 in Illinois | #203 in Counseling nationally
Economic score 1.45

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $42,729

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.1

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $47,111

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#11 in Illinois | #214 in Counseling nationally

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score 1.63

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $49,879

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.5

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $72,345

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#12 in Illinois | #233 in Counseling nationally

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Economic score 2.08

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $36,134

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.4

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $51,102

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#13 in Illinois | #241 in Counseling nationally

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Economic score 2.35

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $39,001

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 1.6

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $63,852

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

#14 in Illinois | #245 in Counseling nationally

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Economic score 3.21

The Economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

Earnings $49,198

Median earnings of all students 4 years after graduating.

Debt to earnings 3.0

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

Debt $146,155

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

How long does it take to pay down debt in counseling psychology in Illinois?

Years

1.4 years

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in counseling psychology is covered by average graduate earnings in 1.4 years.

How much do graduates with a master's degree in counseling psychology earn in Illinois?

Salary

$56,415

The median master's degree in counseling psychology graduate earns $56,415 4 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in counseling psychology cost in Illinois?

Net cost

$21,350

The average annual cost of a master's degree in counseling psychology is $21,350. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.

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