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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, ancestries, races, colors, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree is required, preferably in psychology, rehabilitation sciences, human services, social sciences or a related field of study. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0) is required. 

Applicants should possess strong interpersonal and professional skills, must be committed to developing clinical skills through clinical practice and supervision, and be open to feedback, self-assessment, and self-reflection. Applicants must communicate in a clear, organized, and logical fashion both verbally and in writing.

Admission is available for fall semester start only.

Application Procedures

Fall 2021 Application Deadline:
March 1, 2021
Rolling admissions contingent upon space available after March 1, 2021.

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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
    • Submit an essay that demonstrates evidence of graduate level writing skills and discusses goals, strengths, skills and experiences that will contribute to success in the program and in the counseling profession. The essay should also include a brief statement discussing professional interest in the field of counseling and reasons for applying to the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program (500-word limit).
  • 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

Additional Information

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.