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Designed for:

The program emphasizes five major components:

  • individual and group counseling theory and technique;
  • influence of career acquisition and personal independence on the daily lives of persons with disabilities;
  • social and psychological impact of disability on an individual and family;
  • federal, state, and private service delivery systems for persons with disabilities; and
  • self-awareness on the part of counselors-in-training.

The program offers three tracks:

  1. Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option. Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities.
  2. Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option is one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Graduates plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing.
  3. The mental health counseling (MHC) track: graduates of this track are eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor nationwide in mental health settings.

All three tracks take their core classes together.

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of working experience is preferred

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 2 years
  • 81-90 credits
  • Internship
  • Professional project

Begin your MS in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program:

  • Fall term

Where you will take classes:

  • On-campus courses

Technology you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection

Where this degree can take you:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Case Manager with a vendor who serves vocational rehabilitation clients
  • Youth Transition Specialist
  • Community services coordinator for adults with disabilities
  • Disabled students services
  • Client Advocate
  • Group or supported living coordinator
  • Mental health counselor in a community or higher education setting

What you will learn:

You will receive training to provide individuals who are Deaf and/or have disabilities an opportunity to live fulfilling, productive, and independent lives. FAQs

Learning outcomes:

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation counseling related theories and policies through scholarly activities.
  2. Demonstrate competency in facilitating employment, independent living, community integration and personal adjustment for individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities and come from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  3. Show commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity.


In 2017 we achieved accreditation through 2022 by Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)..



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"I've never had a bad experience with any faculty. They've all pushed me, challenged me, and made me a better person. I contribute a lot of my success to them. They genuinely care about your education and give you the time you need to do what you need to do," she said, adding that her professors are who she looks up to.

Alyssa McVay '12

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling

"The RCE faculty have been an enormous source of support to me. I cherish their humane attitude of caring and respect toward the students. I appreciate their vast knowledge and support of Deaf-related issues. I have immensely enjoyed the small class size of the program; it allowed students to discuss and share experiences, enhancing our textbook learning and giving us an opportunity to learn from one another."

Lior Azen

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling