Counseling Degrees and Programs in Idaho

To begin a counseling career in Idaho, one of your first decisions will likely be where to study, as most counseling careers require a degree. In Idaho, there is at least one undergraduate or graduate counseling degree option in each of the five major counseling fields: clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Most types of professional counseling licenses in Idaho require a master’s degree; therefore, you will find that many of the degrees in this midwest state are offered at the graduate level, although an undergraduate degree in addiction counseling is available. Students interested in online or hybrid degree formats or who wish to study an area of counseling not widely available in Idaho may need to consider on-campus or online counseling programs offered in other states.

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Quick Facts

  • There are 4 not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer a program in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, substance abuse counseling, and/or vocational rehabilitation counseling in Idaho.1,2
  • Of the counseling schools in Idaho, 0 offer an associate degree, 1 offers a bachelor’s degree, 0 offer a certificate, and 3 offer a master’s or advanced degree.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in mental health counseling.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in marriage and family therapy.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling.1,2
  • 3 schools offer a degree in school counseling.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in substance abuse counseling.1,2
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Student Counseling Programs 2022.3
  • No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online M.Ed. Programs for Student Counseling 2022.4
  • Across 3 schools, 8 counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).2
  • No counseling programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).5

Comparison of Idaho Counseling Schools and Programs

Below, we have compiled a table with useful data that will help you compare the public and not-for-profit colleges and universities in Idaho offering counseling programs in these five main areas: mental health counseling (MH), marriage and family therapy (MF), vocational rehabilitation counseling (VR), school counseling (SC), and substance abuse counseling (SA). Use the table to compare each school by program type offered, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation status, graduation rate, and net price per year. You can learn more about the steps to counseling licensure in Idaho by visiting our license requirements page.

School NameCACREP-
MHMFVRSCSAGrad Rate1Net Price1
Boise State UniversityYesYesYes46%$12,558
Idaho State UniversityYesYesYesYesYesYes39%$13,012
Northwest Nazarene UniversityYesYesYesYes63%$23,045

Schools in Idaho with Counseling Degrees

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Idaho State University

Idaho State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in counseling. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community and Public Health with a concentration in Addiction Studies is a four-year degree of 120 credits. The requirements include at least 37 general education credits, 43 community health core credits, and 32 credits of addiction studies as well as electives. In this program, students learn about theories of addiction; the personal, community, and social impacts of addiction; and how to provide counseling services to those impacted by addiction. Upon completion of the program, students will meet the educational requirements for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential in Idaho. At the graduate level, Idaho State University offers a Master of Counseling (MCoun) with concentrations in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling. Each concentration requires 60 credits and 1,000 hours of supervised work experience. Upon completion of the program, students will meet the educational requirements in Idaho for the counseling license in their area of study. Applicants with a master’s degree in counseling can apply for an Educational Specialist (EdS) in Counseling or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education, which provide additional opportunities to develop expertise in clinical practice, teaching, and research.

Traditional Graduate Programs

Boise State University

Boise State University (BSU) offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling degree with two CACREP-accredited concentrations in either Addiction Counseling or School Counseling. Both concentrations of the degree take three years to complete and comprise 60 credits. The MA in Addiction Counseling teaches students the screening, assessment, counseling, and referral skills needed to work with clients from diverse backgrounds in relation to substance abuse, chemical dependency, and addictive behaviors. Examples of required courses include Foundations of Addiction Counseling; Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment Planning; and Addiction and the Family System. Students must complete at least 700 hours of supervised internship, although students who complete 1,000 hours of supervised internship will meet the state academic requirements to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) upon completion of the program. The degree also meets state educational requirements for the Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ACADC) credential. The MA in School Counseling teaches the skills necessary to work as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings and meets state requirements for licensure upon completion. Students also learn to develop and implement guidance programs and complete 700 hours of supervised internship. BSU also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision for students with a master’s degree in counseling.

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is a Christian institution offering a Master of Science (MS) with three CACREP-accredited tracks in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and School Counseling. Students complete 60 credits including core and specialized counseling courses. In the MS in Clinical Mental Health, the required coursework teaches students how to assess and diagnose mental health disorders, provide services in mental health settings, and conduct counseling research. The program meets state coursework requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license. The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling focuses on theories of human behavior, sexuality, and family dynamics and teaches students related counseling techniques. Graduates will meet the coursework requirements for the LPC and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) licenses in Idaho. Those in the MS in School Counseling program will learn counseling skills appropriate for children and youth with a focus on rural populations. The degree meets the state educational requirements to become a K-12 school counselor.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Accredited Programs: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
3. US News & World Report Best Student Counseling Programs 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/student-counseling-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Master’s in Education Programs Offering Student Counseling and Personnel Services 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/student-counseling-rankings
5. Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, Directory of COAMFTE Accredited Programs: https://coamfte.org/COAMFTE/Directory_of_Accredited_Programs/MFT_Training_Programs.aspx