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If enrolled full time, students complete the 60 credits required for a master's degree in rehabilitation 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 rehabilitation counseling setting (600 hours).

The curriculum is designed to offer both a thesis and nonthesis option. 

Suggested plan of study

Following is a typical plan of studies for a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling:

Fall term, year one 

 Spring term, year one

Summer session, year one 

Fall term, year two 

Spring term, year two 

Summer session, year two 

Total: 60 credits

Thesis and Non-Thesis options 

There are two options for meeting the program requirements for research competency: the Thesis or the Scholarly Paper.  Both showcase a student’s cumulative knowledge and professional growth in rehabilitation counseling through in-depth review and analysis of a specific topic related to the field of rehabilitation counseling, and therefore function as a “comprehensive examination.”

The Thesis is a data-based project comprising one or more specific aims or hypotheses which arise from a review of recent literature.  The data must be analyzed and summarized appropriately.  Any collection or use of human subject data for the thesis must be preceded by submission and approval of a University of Pittsburgh IRB protocol.

The non-thesis option, the Scholarly Paper, may take the format of a literature review, program development, curriculum design, or other project as approved by members of the student’s Scholarly Paper Committee.  While a Scholarly Paper, unlike a thesis, does not involve formal data collection/analysis, the paper must include a conceptual problem statement and explicit description of methodology used in completing the paper.