Master of Rehabilitation Counseling


Program Description

Welcome to Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program. Our graduate program consists of 51 credit hours and is designed as a sequential five semester curriculum leading to the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) degree.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) Program is to prepare admitted students to become professional Rehabilitation Counselors who work in partnership with people with disabilities. The primary ongoing goals of the MRC Program include:

  • developing and maintaining an educational curriculum focused on effective student learning and development in rehabilitation counseling;
  • preparing students to become professionals who are committed to effectively partnering with people with disabilities in achieving their maximum vocational, psychological, social, and economic independence; and
  • creating a multicultural learning environment that embraces empowering students to become professionals who facilitate empowerment for their clients and community.

What is Rehabilitation Counseling?

Rehabilitation counseling is a systematic process which assists persons with physical, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals in the most integrated setting possible through the application of the counseling process. The counseling process involves communication, goal setting, and beneficial growth or change through self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social, and behavioral interventions. The specific techniques and modalities utilized within this rehabilitation counseling process may include, but not be limited to:

  • assessment and appraisal;
  • diagnosis and treatment planning;
  • career counseling;
  • individual and group counseling;
  • treatment interventions focused on facilitating adjustment to the medical and psychosocial impacts of disability;
  • referral;
  • case management and service coordination;
  • consultation and access to rehabilitation technology;
  • interventions to remove environmental, employment and attitudinal barriers;
  • program evaluation and research;
  • consultation services among multiple parties and regulatory systems; and
  • job development and placement services, including assistance with employment and job accommodations.

The MRC Program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and makes available annual statements on standards and outcomes.


51 Credit Hours
(all courses are 3 credit hours unless indicated otherwise)

Fall, Year 1

  • RCOU 503 Vocational and Career Development
  • RCOU 511 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RCOU 513 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • RCOU 515 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Rehab Counseling

Spring, Year 1

  • RCOU 502 Counseling Theories & Techniques
  • RCOU 514 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • RCOU 518 Multi-Cultural Counseling Issues
  • RCOU 531 Job Development and Placement

Summer, Year 1

  • RCOU 524 Group Counseling
  • ROCU 533 Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling

Fall, Year 2

  • RCOU 611 Rehabilitation Practicum
  • RCOU 613 Assistive Technology in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RCOU 615 Vocational Assessment and Evaluation
  • RCOU 617 Research Methods

Spring, Year 2

  • RCOU 621 Rehabilitation Internship (6 Credit Hours)
  • RCOU 632 Human Growth and Development

Admission Requirements*

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale or 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major
  • Recent Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores submitted to The Graduate School with your completed application
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities and character
  • Completed application packets to the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program for Fall semesters are DUE March 31st. Late applications will be considered through April 30. NOTE: The MRC Program uses a cohort model and only accepts new students during the Fall semester.

*Please note: Students must be admitted separately to The Graduate School. Please see their website for graduate school application guidelines. Also, please note the MRC program application deadline is earlier than that of The Graduate School.

Graduate Fees

Below are estimated tuition and costs for full-time graduate students residing on-campus during the 2017-18 academic year. Actual costs and fees may vary depending on enrollment and lifestyle decisions. You also may wish to review estimated tuition and costs for part-time graduate enrollment on our complete budget worksheet. For a breakdown of fees by credit hour and by semester, download the 2017-18 Schedule of Student Tuition and Fees.

In-State Out-of-State
Billed Expenses
Tuition/Fees $10,156 $17,572
Room/Board $5,422 $5,422
Subtotal $15,578 $22,994
Other Estimated Expenses
Books $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $1,552 $1,552
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,840 $1,840
Subtotal $4,392 $4,392
Estimated Total $19,970 $27,386
Last updated Mar 2020

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