Counseling Degrees and Programs in Hawaii

Although Hawaii is not the smallest state by size or population, it is comprised of numerous islands spread across the Pacific Ocean, making it more challenging for students to attend college and university through traditional methods. If you are interested in starting a counseling career in Hawaii, you will find that there are limited degree options available. Currently, only a degree in counseling is offered in Manoa, a neighborhood in the state capital of Honolulu, in rehabilitation counseling. A counseling-related degree is necessary for many types of professional counseling careers in Hawaii, so prospective counselors may need to consider programs in other states or choose an online program. Those studying at the undergraduate level may be interested in counseling-related programs that introduce students to the profession, while those interested in graduate studies should ensure the program meets Hawaii’s coursework requirements for licensure. The only counseling program currently offered in Hawaii has a hybrid format that is designed to accommodate working professionals and may appeal to students who want to complete their studies through a local institution.

Quick Facts

  • There is 1 not-for-profit four-year college or university that offers a program in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, substance abuse counseling, and/or vocational rehabilitation counseling in Hawaii.1,2
  • Of the counseling schools in Hawaii, 0 offer an associate’s degree, 0 offer a bachelor’s degree, 0 offer a certificate, and 1 offers a master’s or advanced degree.1,2
  • No schools offer a degree in marriage and family therapy.1,2
  • No schools offer a degree in mental health counseling.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling.1,2
  • No schools offer a degree in school counseling.1,2
  • No schools offer a degree in substance abuse counseling.1,2
  • No counseling schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.3
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Student Counseling Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019.5
  • At 1 school, 1 counseling program is accredited by CACREP.2

Comparison of Hawaii Counseling Schools and Programs

We have provided some information in the table below about the public and not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities in Hawaii offering counseling programs in the following five areas: mental health counseling (MH), marriage and family therapy (MFT), vocational rehabilitation counseling (VR), school counseling (SC), and substance abuse counseling (SA). The table indicates the schools that offer programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); CACREP-accredited programs are denoted with an asterisk (*). You can also compare schools by program type offered, graduation rate, and net price per year. To learn more about how to become licensed as a professional counselor in Hawaii, have a look at our license requirements page.

School NameCACREP-
MHMFVRSCSAGrad Rate1Net Price1
University of Hawaii ManoaYesYes*59%$15,712

US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019

  • University of Hawaii Manoa (#47 tie)

Schools in Hawaii with Counseling Degrees

Online and Hybrid Programs

University of Hawaii Manoa

The University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM) offers a CACREP-accredited, 48-credit Master of Science (MS) in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counselor Education. This degree prepares students to work with clients with a range of physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities, as well as mental health disorders. The degree is offered in a hybrid format designed to meet the needs of working professionals and admits 10 students per year on average. Students attend synchronous virtual classroom meetings once per week on weeknights and complete asynchronous online coursework. Examples of required courses include Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Counseling; Cross-Cultural Counseling; and Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability. While campus visits are not required to complete the program, students must complete three on-site supervised work experiences in their home community. The program takes 36 months to complete full-time and new students are admitted in the fall. Individuals interested in becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Hawaii are able to take 12 additional credits of related coursework and complete their supervised work experiences under the supervision of a qualified LMHC to meet the state academic requirements for this license.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Accredited Programs: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values, 2019: https://www.kiplinger.com/fronts/special-report/college-rankings/index.html
4. US News & World Report Best Student Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/student-counseling-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/rehabilitation-counseling-rankings