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The curriculum of study for rehabilitation 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 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

Required credits/degrees:  Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (no specific major) from a curriculum with a distribution of studies in psychology, counseling, and social sciences 

Required quality point average: 3.0

Prerequisite Courses

  • Psychology, counseling, or human development, 6 credits
  • Statistics, 3 credits
  • English composition or technical writing, 3 credits

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application;
  • Submit the application fee of $50 (U.S.);
  • Submit an essay-a description of educational and long-term professional goals;
  • The applicant should demonstrate knowledge of rehabilitation through previous work experiences, internships, field experiences, or volunteer work experiences;
  • Submit three letters of reference, preferably from individuals who have instructed you in academic settings and/or supervised research activities. These letters should address the applicant's academic, professional, and personal attributes and potential for meaningful graduate study;
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended;
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

Note: Application can be submitted when course requirements are in progress. 

Please note this program requires that you complete clinical internships at facilities external to the University, and such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an Act 33/34 clearance, and perhaps a drug screen to determine whether you are 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.