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PhD - Rehabilitation Counselor Education

MA - Rehabilitation Counseling

PhD Frequently asked questions

What is the deadline for applying to the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program

The deadline for applying to our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program for consideration for admission for the next academic year is December 1 each year. Individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to receive full consideration for financial support.

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What are the required materials for applying to the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program?

The required application materials for the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program include an MSU Graduate School Application, CEPSE Department Application, Statement of Interest/Goals, Resume, Official undergraduate and masters degree academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a professional writing sample.

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How long does the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program take to complete?

At a generally full-time rate, our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program takes approximately 4 years to complete depending on the pace of student course and credit hour completion.

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Am I required to attend the program on a full-time basis?

No, many of our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education students participate in the program on a part-time basis.

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Is there financial support available for PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program students?

Yes, our program offers financial support in the form of graduate teaching and research assistantships that provide a stipend and funding to help cover the costs of tuition and fees. In addition, we have a federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) [U.S. Department of Education] Rehabilitation Counseling Long-Term Training Grant that provides support to our program students. Students in our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program also seek support via College of Education and general university fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships. Finally, some students also seek funding support in the form of student loans via the MSU Office of Financial Aid.

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Where do program graduates get jobs after receiving their degrees?

The focus of our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program is to graduate individuals who are well-prepared for teaching, research, and administrative roles in the rehabilitation and disability arenas. Many of our doctoral program graduates obtain tenure-stream faculty positions at institutions offering CORE-accredited masters rehabilitation counseling programs. Our program graduates also obtain positions as research scientists within rehabilitation and disability-related research and training centers. Finally, many of our program graduates continue work as counselors in direct-service clinical work with individuals with disabilities.

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When do applicants find out about program admission and begin the program?

Following the December 1 application deadline each year, program faculty review application files, interview select program applicants, and make admissions decisions. This process occurs during December and January each year. Students are admitted to begin the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program during the fall semester of the next MSU academic year.

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What are the PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program research requirements?

Students in our PhD in Rehabilitation Counselor Education program complete two primary research projects as part of their degree requirements. During the first two years of the program, students complete a research apprenticeship in which they proceed through the entire research cycle in a small, time-limited research project in order to learn the basic research processes. Building on the research apprenticeship, students then proceed to design, propose, and complete their doctoral dissertation research project.

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MA Frequently asked questions

What is the deadline for applying to the masters rehabilitation counseling program?

The deadline for applying to our masters rehabilitation counseling program for consideration for admission for the next academic year is February 15 each year.

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What are the required materials for applying to the masters rehabilitation counseling program?

The required application materials for the masters rehabilitation counseling program are an MSU Graduate School Application, CEPSE Department Application, Statement of Interest/Goals, Resume, Official undergraduate degree program transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

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How long does the MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program take to complete?

Our 48-credit hour MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program takes 2 ½ to 3 ½ years to complete depending on the pace of student course and credit hour completion.

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Do I have to attend the program on a full-time basis?

No, many of our MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program students participate in the program on a part-time basis.

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When are program classes scheduled?

All of our MA Rehabilitation Counseling courses are scheduled one time per week in a 3-hour block format.

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Does the MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program include online courses?

Yes, our MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program includes multiple courses that are offered in full online format. In addition, many of our courses are offered in hybrid format and include portions of the course in-person on campus and portions that are completed via online technology. Further, all of our courses involve some aspect of technology to enhance the student learning experience.

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Is there financial support available for MA Rehabilitation Counseling students?

Yes, our program offers partial financial support to some of our program students from funds out of our federal rehabilitation counseling training grant. In addition, we have funds available for paid internships with the Michigan Rehabilitation Services. Further, some students seek funding support in the form of student loans via the MSU Office of Financial Aid. Finally, students also seek support via College of Education and general university scholarships and assistantships.

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Where do program graduates get jobs after receiving their degrees?

Our MA Rehabilitation Counseling Program graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of settings including state vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health programs, public school districts, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, specialized programs for individuals with brain injuries, in the workers compensation arena, and in community-based rehabilitation programs.

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For what credentials are MA Rehabilitation Counseling program eligible?

Our program graduates obtain a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the exam for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor. Further, our individuals who complete our degree program are eligible for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Michigan.

Graduates are encouraged to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination and to apply for Limited Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Michigan during their final semester. For further information on licensure in the state of Michigan please contact:

Bureau of Occupational & professional Regulations
Board of Counseling - (517) 335-0918

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When do applicants find out about program admission and begin the program?

Following the February 15 application deadline each year, program faculty review application files, interview select program applicants, and make admissions decisions. This process occurs during February and March each year. Students are admitted to begin the MA Rehabilitation Counseling program during the fall semester of the next MSU academic year.

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