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The curriculum of study for clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling is based upon having experienced a strong undergraduate education that has provided a sound foundation in knowledge, methods and attitudes. Students must possess foundational knowledge of the concepts and terminology in medical, psychological and sociological sciences on which to build the rehabilitation and mental health counseling curriculum.

Students must have the ability to communicate in a clear, organized and logical fashion with appropriate grammar, both verbally and in writing.

Admission is available on a full-time or part-time basis. Provisional special status may be granted to outstanding students who do not meet all of the prerequisite requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in psychology, human services, rehabilitation sciences, social sciences or related field of study from an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application;
  • Submit the $50 application fee (U.S.);
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation – Preferably from individuals who have instructed you in academic settings and/or supervised research activities;
  • Submit a personal statement – Description of educational and long-term professional goals;
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  • Participate in an interview – Applicants may be required to complete a group interview with the counseling faculty as a part of the application process. Face-to-face interviews are preferred but other means can be arranged if indicated;
  • Additional requirements for international applicants.

Early Decision Application Deadline: January 31
Standard Application Deadline: May 1

This program requires that students complete clinical internships at facilities external to the University, and such facilities may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance, and a drug screen to determine whether the student is qualified to participate in the clinical internships. 

Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.