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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Office of Rehabilitation Counseling

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Master's Requirements

Consideration is given to the applicant’s previous academic and professional experience.  There should be in each applicant’s background a pattern of experience that supports his or her expressed desire to pursue advanced graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling.  Appropriate evidence of such experience should be reflected in the applicant’s letters of recommendation. 

The following are factors significant in determining ultimate acceptance as a candidate:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  • A written statement of academic goals and career objectives that is 1-2 pages single-spaced, typed in length, that describes the applicant’s professional goals as they relate to the MA program in Rehabilitation Counseling.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from professors and/or employers.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test if the applicant’s grade point average is below 3.00.

Applicants with grade-point averages of less than 3.00 (B) in their last two years of undergraduate study must also submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (subject test scores not required).

Additional application information and materials can be found at the CEPSE Department’s application page.

PhD Requirements

Applicants for admission are considered for fall term only. Applications for the next academic year are accepted through December 1st. In order to be admitted, candidates must be reviewed favorably by the program faculty, the Department Admissions Committee, and the Graduate School. Candidates are reviewed according to:

  • Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages
  • Relevance of previous academic study
  • Professional employment history
  • Rationale for doctoral study
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three from former professors and supervisors)
  • Results of the GRE
  • A personal interview

The faculty are particularly interested in the recruitment of qualified students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.

Additional Requirements

Doctoral applicants to the Rehabilitation Counseling area of specialization are expected to have completed a master's degree from a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program. They will be encouraged to enroll in new course content areas that were not addressed in their master's training (e.g., Habilitation Strategies, Substance Abuse). Applicants with a master's degree in counseling, psychology, or other human service field are required to consult with his/her advisor regarding master's level courses specific to rehabilitation counseling that may need to be completed in addition to the usual doctoral studies.

Application information and materials can be found at the CEPSE Department’s application page.