Degree Programs

Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.


The Mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program (MSRC) is to advance the program candidates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with persons who have physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

Degree Requirements:

▪   Successful completion of 60 hours of graduate course work
▪   Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the program to remain
    in good academic standing.
▪   Student may be subject to dismissal from the program if they receive
    more than two grades of C,
    an F, or a U.
▪   Students must complete a comprehensive examination (National
    Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, CRC) and a thesis or
    capstone project.

Time Limits for Completion

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum may be completed in a minimum of two (2) years of full-time study (at least 9-15 credit hours per semester) and one 10- week summer session (9-12 credit hours total).

Admission Requirements & Application Deadlines

Other Requirements

In addition to completing the coursework for obtaining a MSRC degree, students are also required to complete a 100 clock-hour practicum and a 600 clock-hour internship in an approved internship site under University supervision.

Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation counselors work in diverse settings: State and federal departments of rehabilitation services, independent living centers, special education/transition programs, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, developmental disability programs, substance abuse programs, hospitals, disability management programs in business and industry, and other agencies in both the private and public sectors.

Rehabilitation counselors assist individuals who, because of disabilities, are unable to obtain competitive employment and/or achieving independent living goals. Rehabilitation counselors have a multifaceted role that includes vocational services, case management, job development, and placement counseling. For additional information about the rehabilitation profession, visit Careers in Vocational Rehabilitation.

The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), the accrediting body for graduate level rehabilitation counseling programs, has fully accredited WSSU’s MSRC through 2018.

Admission priority will be given to applicants who currently work as rehabilitation counselors, work in the field of rehabilitative services, or plan to seek employment as rehabilitation counselors.

Additional Rehabilitation Counseling Program (MSRC) information and course descriptions are available in the WSSU Graduate Catalog.

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