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Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselors are uniquely qualified to work with individuals with disabilities, particularly those who are experiencing psychiatric disabilities or other mental and behavioral health concerns.


The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Our mission is to improve individual and community mental health and rehabilitation outcomes through the clinical education and training of outstanding professional counselors. Our program integrates counseling, clinical services, research, and advocacy with a strengths-based, empowerment focus.

This program prepares students to practice the profession of rehabilitation and mental health counseling and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) through October 2023. The curriculum includes courses on rehabilitation research, foundations of rehabilitation and mental health counseling, individual and group counseling services, medical and psycho-social aspects of disability, case conceptualization and treatment planning, case management, vocational and career development, assessment and diagnosis, job development and placement, rehabilitation science and assistive technology and disability studies. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Foundations of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling 

  • Medical Aspects of Disability

  • Human Development Across Culture and the Lifespan 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application.
  • Submit the $50 application fee (U.S.).
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation – Preferably from individuals who have instructed you in academic settings and/or supervised research activities.
  • Submit a personal statement – Description of educational and long-term professional goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Participate in an interview – Applicants may be required to complete a group interview with the counseling faculty as a part of the application process. Face-to-face interviews are preferred but other means can be arranged if indicated.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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