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Rehabilitation Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #48 (BCR) , PA,
Rehabilitation counseling is a process whereby the counselor works collaboratively with an individual with a disability to understand existing problems, barriers, and potentials in order to facilitate the client’s effective use of personal and environmental resources for personal, social, career, and community adjustment.


This program prepares students to practice the profession of rehabilitation counseling. The two-year, 60-credit hour curriculum is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and includes courses on rehabilitation research, foundations of rehabilitation counseling, counseling services, medical and psycho-social aspects of disability, case management, vocational and career development, assessment, job development and placement, rehabilitation science and assistive technology, and disability studies.

Graduates meet eligibility criteria for national certification in rehabilitation counseling (i.e., certified rehabilitation counselor, CRC) and the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The program is one of the only rehabilitation counselor training programs in the world that requires specialty course work and clinical field experience in assistive technology, in addition to providing comprehensive professional training that emphasizes evidence-based clinical practice, vocational rehabilitation, and disability studies.

Program Outcomes

In compliance with accreditation requirements (Standard A.5), the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2017. The master’s degree program has a goal of admitting 15-20 students in each graduate cohort. The rehabilitation counseling program has a rolling admission process and admits students each year in the fall and the spring. Student outcomes are evaluated each year using multiple metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation to assess student learning, faculty effectiveness, as well as course and curriculum effectiveness. Currently, the graduate program has a total of 36 students. Approximately 15% percent of the students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities.

Since August 2010, a total of 73 students have enrolled into the program and 34students have graduated. The majority of students attend full-time and these students complete the program in approximately 2 years over 6 terms. Part-time students generally complete the program in 4 years. The total program tuition for in-state students is approximately $55,000 for the 6 semesters. The rehabilitation counseling program offers support to students through departmental and school wide scholarships. Twenty-percent of our students have been supported by these scholarships. Students also receive support in the form of pre-doctoral fellowships. Pre-doctoral fellowships are 20-hour/week clinical or research positions that provide a stipend to the student. Each year, approximately 20-25% of the rehabilitation counseling students are supported by these fellowships. Additional information about school wide scholarships can be found at

The current grade point average of the students in the program is 3.72. All students passed their clinical coursework. From 2012-2015, almost 75% of University of Pittsburgh graduates have opted to take, and passed, the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam. Further, 94% of the graduates since 2010 have gained employment within the first 6 months following graduation or are pursuing advanced academic degrees. Typical settings where graduates work include the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, community rehabilitation facilities, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and other not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies.

The program has three full-time faculty and nine part-time faculty members who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. In addition to the full-time rehabilitation counseling faculty, the part-time faculty members are from a multitude of disciplines that offers diversity to the program. These part-time faculty members include rehabilitation engineers, physical and occupational therapists, policy and information technology specialists. The rehabilitation counseling program is housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology. Due to the mission of the department, the rehabilitation counseling program has a strong emphasis in assistive technology, offering a certificate opportunity to students. To date, over 96% of all students have elected to participate in the assistive technology certificate. Comprehensive student learning is measured through a scholarly paper/thesis or through a clinical case study presentation and portfolio. Ninety-six percent of students who have entered the program since 2010 have passed this comprehensive evaluation. The rehabilitation counseling curriculum has been deemed to meet academic standards (60 credits) for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania as a professional counselor, along with the CRC serving as the LPC examination.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Foundations of Rehabilitation and the Rehabilitation Counseling Process

  •  Fundamentals of Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology

  •  Individual and Social Experience of Disability

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Required credits/degrees:  Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (no specific major) from a curriculum with a distribution of studies in psychology, counseling, and social sciences 

    Required quality point average: 3.0

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application;
  • Submit the application fee of $50 (U.S.);
  • Submit an essay-a description of educational and long-term professional goals;
  • The applicant should demonstrate knowledge of rehabilitation through previous work experiences, internships, field experiences, or volunteer work experiences;
  • Submit three letters of reference, preferably from individuals who have instructed you in academic settings and/or supervised research activities

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    43392 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43392 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    43392 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43392 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    26136 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 26136 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
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