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If enrolled full time, students complete the 62 credits required for a master's degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling in two years. Summer terms are reserved for practicum and internship.

The degree requires a full-time, one-semester-long internship in a professional clinical rehabilitation or mental health counseling setting (600 hours).

Suggested Plan of Study

The following is a typical plan of study for a Master's Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling:

Fall Term, Year One (13 Credits)

Spring Term, Year One (13 Credits)

Summer Session, Year One

Fall Term, Year Two (13 Credits)

Spring Term, Year Two (14 Credits)

Summer Session, Year Two

Clinical Capstone Examination

All Counseling students are required to pass a clinical competency examination. The Clinical Capstone Exam focuses on student demonstration of knowledge and skills that reflect the competencies of the rehabilitation and mental health counselor. Students will be assessed on their knowledge and skills accumulated through coursework and clinical experiences. The course requires students to synthesize and apply advanced concepts into clinical practice.  

The course implements a case study approach. Students are provided real and/or simulated clients to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Students are expected to analyze and synthesize case materials for case conceptualization and then develop appropriate and realistic intervention plans. Students are expected to apply appropriate counseling techniques included in their intervention plan via role-play simulations. Successful completion is needed for the student to demonstrate mastery of graduate study.