The Top 40 Most Affordable Accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2016

By Kirsten Hughes
April 2016

This ranking is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The programs listed here offer students the opportunity to earn a high quality, accredited, and affordable master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. We’re confident you will find the program to meet your educational and professional goals here.

Rehabilitation counseling is a specialized area of general counseling focused on supporting individuals with disabilities as well as their families. Rehabilitation counselors support individuals in achieving personal and career goals including independence, accessing resources, education and employment, and being empowered and respected members of our society. Rehabilitation counselors focus on the impact of the disability on the whole person to assess and help people with cognitive, physical, and psychiatric disabilities. Rehabilitation counselors attend to the vocational impact of disabilities and assist individuals in reaching their highest potential for independence and productivity in the workforce. Rehabilitation counselors are trained to provide assessment, individual and group counseling, referral, case management, and services coordination, advocacy, and program development all while being culturally competent and capable of supporting individuals and their families from all cultural and racial backgrounds.

Rehabilitation counselors are employed in a variety of settings including: vocational rehabilitation agencies; medical centers and hospitals; community mental health agencies; substance abuse programs; Veterans Administration; college and university resource centers; independent living centers; transitional living programs; correctional facilities; and private practice. The job outlook for rehabilitation counselors is good.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for rehabilitation counselors is forecasted to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is reportedly faster than the average for all occupations.

All of the programs on our list are accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). CORE accredits undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in professional rehabilitation counseling. Because all of the programs are CORE accredited they all meet certain standards such as providing a required number of supervised internship and practicum hours and preparing graduates for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Some programs also prepare student for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. National certification and licensure can vary from state to state. Students should consult the licensing board of the state they plan to practice in for specific requirements.

For information about how this ranking was developed, see the methodology statement at the bottom of the article.

Funding is available for qualified applicants in many of the programs listed here. Many of the scholarships available through these programs are funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), U. S. Department of Education.

The RSA is motivated to strengthen the workforce in the field of rehabilitation counseling with highly qualified, culturally diverse, and skilled professionals to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in communities across the country. In many cases recipients of scholarships are expected to commit to working (for full pay and benefits) in the field of rehabilitation counseling following graduation for two years for every year of the scholarship.

#40 Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

The Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Georgia State University offers a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. The program is built around learning in the classroom and through clinical experience with time in the laboratory, classroom, and supervised internship and practicum experiences. Graduates of the clinical rehabilitation counseling program will be prepared to work with diverse individuals experiencing a range of disabilities including: cognitive, physical, and psychiatric. Funding, including tuition and a stipend, is available to qualified applicants in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The program was awarded two federal grants to help train students and place skilled professionals in the workforce in the field of rehabilitation counseling.

Courses include: social/cultural issues in counseling and psychological services; methods of research in education; professional identity and ethics in mental health counseling; basic counseling skills; group counseling systems; counseling systems and interventions; educational and psychological appraisal; individual and family over the lifespan; psychobehavioral diagnosis; rehabilitation counseling placement and case management; advanced counseling skills; biopsychosocial aspects of addiction; crisis intervention; applied practice: rehabilitation counseling; and internship: rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 22,374.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#39 University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University at Buffalo offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Full time students can complete the program in four semesters. This program emphasizes supporting students in developing individual plans of study in partnership with their faculty advisor. This is a 48 credit hour program but many students complete additional credits. Students can choose electives from outside the department with their advisor’s approval. Additionally, Rehabilitation Counseling majors may elect to add a second major to their program. This must be decided in their first semester. The University at Buffalo also offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling through their Graduate School of Education Online.

Courses include: foundations of counseling theory; field work; rehabilitation foundations; tests and measurement; introduction to groups; counseling practicum; medical aspects of disability; introduction to statistical research; vocational psychology; and masters project.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 22,210.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

#38 Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling

Established in 1955, the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary this spring. Virginia Commonwealth University offers one of the largest graduate programs for rehabilitation counseling with around 100 on-campus students. A distance education program is also available. The Department of Rehabilitation Counseling aims to be flexible to meet the needs of their diverse student population and offers the program in a part time and full time format. Additionally, students can take courses in person, online, or combine both in-person and online coursework. Students who elect to complete the program online are required to participate in two classes on campus. These courses are offered in an intensive one-week format as well as in a weekly meeting format.

Courses include: foundations of substance abuse counseling; introduction to rehabilitation counseling; counseling theories in rehabilitation; group counseling theories and techniques in rehabilitation; career counseling and job placement in rehabilitation; case management in rehabilitation; psychiatric information for rehabilitation counselors; multicultural counseling in rehabilitation; and supervised clinical practice.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 21,933.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#37 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling

Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health

The Department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions at Hofstra University offers several areas of study including rehabilitation counseling. The Rehabilitation Counseling Program has multiple degrees and certificates available. The MSEd in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares graduates for careers as skilled and culturally aware professionals working with individuals with disabilities to reach their goals. The MSEd in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health prepares graduates to pursue careers as mental health counselors with a specialized understanding and skill set to support individuals with disabilities.

Advanced Certificate Programs Available include: advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Transition Specialist; Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling; Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling in Mental Health; and Professional Diploma in Rehabilitation Administration.

  • Credits Required: n/a
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 21,456.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

#36 Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR

Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Western Oregon University offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. This program offers three tracks of study: Rehabilitation Counseling (RC); Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD); and the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) track. The Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf track is one of only three deafness specialty programs in the country. This track is ideal for students who plan to work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Graduates with the MHC track will be eligible to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The program can be completed in two years.

Courses include: psychosocial and environmental aspects of disability; introduction to the helping profession; professional orientation to rehabilitation services and resources; rehabilitation counseling research; hearing loss and assistive listening devices; social and cultural diversity issues in rehabilitation counseling; lifestyle and career development; diagnosis/ treatment of mental illness in rehabilitation; mental health in the deaf community; and crisis assessment and intervention.

  • Credits Required: 81-90
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 21,312.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities

#35 Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

Western Washington University offers a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling. The courses are offered both face-to-face and online. Students generally take one face-to-face and one online course each quarter. The in classroom courses take place evenings once a week in Everett, WA at the Everett Community College campus. The program can be completed in two years, including summers. Graduates of the program have found careers in settings such as: Department of Services for the Blind; VA Hospitals; VA Vocational Rehab & Employment offices; Mental Health Clinics; Substance Abuse Programs; and College and University Disability Support Services.

Courses include: rehabilitation research; human growth, development, and disability; theory of rehabilitation counseling; introduction to rehabilitation counseling; group counseling techniques in rehabilitation counseling; social, psychological, and attitudinal aspects of disability; utilization of tests and evaluation tools; introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation; and cognitive disabilities in rehabilitation.

  • Credits Required: 72
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 19,300.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities

#34 University of South Florida-Main Campus

Tampa, FL

Master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

The University of South Florida-Main Campus offers a Master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. This 54 credit program has a thesis and non-thesis track. The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program offers two areas of concentration: Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling; and Marriage and Family Therapy. Graduates of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program are able to pursue certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor as well as licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida (and likely other states as well but licensure requirements vary by state; consult your home state’s licensing board). Students who complete one of the areas of concentration may be eligible to pursue additional certification and licensure. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Courses include: legal, ethical, and professional standards; medical aspects of disability; human growth and development; foundations of mental health counseling; substance abuse; rehabilitation counseling: concepts and applications; individual evaluation and assessment; career and lifestyle assessment; counseling theories and practice; group theories and practice; diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology; social and cultural foundations; counseling in community settings; and human sexuality.

  • Credits Required: 54
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 19,047.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#33 The City University of New York Hunter College

New York, NY

Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling

Hunter College offers a Master of Science in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program emphasizes the central concept that individuals have the strengths they need to move through and find solutions to their challenges. Graduates of this program will have the skills to meet clients where they are, develop a collaborative relationship, and support individuals in reaching their goals. Being located in New York, NY the program emphasizes fieldwork in urban settings. Students in the rehabilitation counseling program have the option of taking the national exam for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) once they have finished 75% of their coursework.

Courses include: counseling skills and interviewing techniques; theories of counseling; psychosocial, cultural, and political aspects of disability: rehabilitation and special education; group counseling; multicultural aspects of counseling; research methods in counseling; supervision and administration in counseling; career counseling, assessment, and placement; practicum in counseling; internship in counseling; medical aspects of disability; chemical dependency: issues in counseling; transition from school to adult living for youth with disabilities.

  • Credits Required: 54
  • Ave. Graduate Tuition: $ 18,720.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

#32 Utah State University

Logan, UT

Master’s of Rehabilitation Counseling

Utah State University offers a Master’s of Rehabilitation Counseling with an option to concentrate in Transition Services This 52 credit program with a practicum and internship experience can be completed in less than three years. The program is offered on-campus or through distance education. The distance education program courses are synchronous with required engagement. Students can complete the program through distance education with the requirement that they attend three one-week courses. These one-week residencies are offered in the summer, on campus in Logan, Utah.

Courses include: introduction to professional rehabilitation; medical aspects of disability; introduction to rehabilitation research; ethical decision making in counseling; human growth and development; psychosocial aspects of disability; rehabilitation services and resources; rehabilitation of persons with severe mental illness; and theories of counseling applied to persons with disabilities.

  • Credits Required: 52
  • Ave. Graduate Tuition: $ 18,002.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities

#31 University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Northern Colorado offers a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling. Small class sizes allow students to easily interact and engage with faculty in courses, supervision, and professional development. Students typically complete this degree in two academic years, Required courses for this program are scheduled to meet the needs of working students and thus are offered online, in the evenings, and in a weekend workshop format. In order to graduate students are required to pass the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) national examination. This 60-credit program prepares graduates to become a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and also to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

Courses include: rehabilitation principles and case management; vocational evaluation and assessment of people with disabilities; occupational information and job placement; family, cultural, and psychological aspects of disability; medical aspects of disability; human services counseling theories and techniques; group processes in rehabilitation; supervised counseling in human services; lifespan developmental psychology; assessment and treatment of substance abuse; introduction to visual impairment and deaf-blindness; and medical and educational implications of visual impairments.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 17,951.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#30 University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

Master of Science in Rehabilitation

The University of Arkansas offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Degree with the option to choose from two tracks: rehabilitation job development and job placement; and independent living. The degree requires the completion of 48 credit hours. Students can choose the practicum, internship, and electives that best fit their emphasis track as well as their professional career goals. Students in this program have the opportunity to select to completed 12 additional credits in order to meet counseling licensure requirements. The University of Arkansas also offers a doctoral program in rehabilitation.

Final exam: instead of requiring students to pass a comprehensive exam for graduation this program requires that students pass the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination (CRC) in order to graduate from the program.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 17,775.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#29 Emporia State University

Emporia, KS

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The rehabilitation program at Emporia State University was established in 1966 and has been nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since 1975. Students who qualify for graduate assistantships through the program will receive tuition and a stipend in exchange for a 20 hour a week commitment. Students can choose to complete a thesis along with an oral defense for this program instead of the comprehensive exam. Graduates can pursue careers as vocational rehabilitation counselors, therapists, and substance abuse counselors, to name a few. Emporia State University also offers a rehabilitation counseling program online through the Teachers College.

Courses include: analysis of research; career counseling and development; counseling theories; group process in counseling; vocational information and assessment; employment issues in rehabilitation; foundations of rehabilitation counseling; medical aspects of disability; psychosocial development and disability; advanced case management; supervised practicum in rehabilitation counseling; and internship in rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 17,554.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#28 University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Memphis offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Students in this program will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and take courses in the evenings. This degree is available for 48 credits. In their final semester, students can take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification exam. Students who wish to complete an additional 12 credits as well as post-master’s clinical experience can pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee. Graduates may be able to pursue state licensure in other states as well, depending on home state requirements. Funding is available through scholarships and paid internships. The Rehabilitation Services Administration has awarded the University of Memphis a grant for the purpose of funding (tuition, fees, and stipends) master’s students each year for the next five years. The purpose of this grant it to build the number of competent and prepared counselors entering the field of rehabilitation counseling.

Courses include: foundations of counseling; group counseling; theories of counseling and personality; clinical techniques of counseling; assessment techniques; multicultural counseling; psychiatric rehabilitation; practicum in rehabilitation counseling; and internship in rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Ave. Graduate Tuition: $ 17,405.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#27 East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling

The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Career Counseling. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services as well as a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. The Rehabilitation and Career Counseling graduate degree at East Carolina University was established in 1967. A unique feature of this program is that students are required to engage in personal counseling as well as experiential activities. The goal  is to increase students’ self awareness and relational growth to enhance their professional counseling skills. Students can complete the program in two years. Graduates from the Rehabilitation and Career Counseling program are eligible for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina, and possibly other states. Consult your home state licensing board for detailed information.

Courses include: medical and psychosocial aspects of disability; introduction to clinical, addictions, and rehabilitation counseling; occupational analysis and career counseling; diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders; multicultural issues in clinical, addictions, and rehabilitation counseling; and career counseling in clinical, addictions, and mental health counseling.

  • Credits Required: n/a
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 17,036.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#26 North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

Mental Health Counseling Rehabilitation

The counseling program at North Carolina A&T State University offers a Mental Health Counseling Rehabilitation track along with two other counseling program tracks: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. The program also offers a double major for students who wish to complete the requirements for two counseling tracks. Each track is designed with coursework and field experiences to prepare graduates to work specifically with the population in their field of interest. The department also offers certificates as well as a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education. Courses in the counseling program are designed for working students and are generally offered  evenings once a week on campus with some classes available online. Most students complete the program within three years.

Courses include: human development; professional orientation and ethics in clinical mental health counseling; professional orientation and ethics in rehabilitation counseling; statistics and research methodology; theories of counseling; addiction in the workplace; counseling methods; multicultural counseling; psychopathology and treatment planning in rehabilitation counseling; medical aspects and psychosocial aspects of disability; group counseling; and career counselling and employer development.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 16,850.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#25 University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Little Rock, AR

The Master of Arts in Counseling with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Counseling, Adult, and Rehabilitation Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling.  This online program requires the completion of two three-day on-campus workshops. The program is built around four primary areas to support students in graduating as skilled professional rehabilitation counselors. The areas are rehabilitation, counseling, electives and fieldwork. This is a 60 credit program.

Courses include: rehabilitation foundations; career counseling and placement; rehabilitaton case management; supervised practice in rehabilitation counseling; internship in rehabilitation counseling; counseling theories and applications; techniques for counseling interviews; theories and techniques of group counseling; and assessment in rehabilitation.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 16,560.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#24 Alabama State University

Montgomery, AL

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

Alabama State University offers a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC). This degree is 51 credits and designed to be completed sequentially over the course of five semesters. Students will be trained to be culturally competent rehabilitation counselors with the training and skills necessary to support individuals with disabilities in reaching their vocational, psychological, and independence goals. The program emphasizes the importance of counselors partnering with individuals to provide collaborative care.

Courses include: vocational and career development; foundations of rehabilitation counseling; medical aspects of disability; legal and ethical issues of rehabilitation counseling; counseling theories and techniques; psychosocial aspects of disability; multicultural counseling issues; group counseling; case management in rehabilitation counseling; assistive technology in rehabilitation counseling; research methods; and human growth and development.

  • Credits Required: 51
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 16,464.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#23 Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management

Fort Valley State University offers a 52 credit Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management. This degree available on campus and online. The requirements for on-campus and distance education are the same. Students enrolled in the online program will receive supervision for internships and practicum experience via virtual technologies. Graduates  can take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) exam to become certified. Graduates are also eligible to work towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Licensure requirements vary by state and students should consult their home state licensure board for specific requirements.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation; introduction to case management; psychiatric rehabilitation; counseling theories and process; medical case management; rehabilitation assessment and evaluation; cultural diversity in counseling; vocational rehabilitation; lifespan development in rehabilitation; and private sector rehab.

  • Credits Required: 52
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 16,112.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#19 Tied San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

The Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University offers a Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. This is a 60 credit program with 6 additional credits available for students who want to prepare themselves to be eligible to work towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Graduates who are interested in continuing their education with doctoral studies will be well prepared to be competitive applicants for Rehabilitation Counseling Education/ Rehabilitation Psychology doctoral programs. The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling has been awarded grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration allowing the program to offer some scholarships to qualified applicants.

Courses include: theories of counseling; development foundations for counselors; psychological foundations for counselors; psychosocial aspects of disability, chronic illness, and mental health; counseling process; assessment in counseling; addictions; professional identity in rehabilitation and mental health counseling; medical, functional, and environmental aspects of disability, chronic illness, and mental health; social and cultural foundations in counseling; law and ethics in counseling; and rehabilitation and mental health services and clinical case management.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,666.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

#19 Tied San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

San Diego State University offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. This 60 credit hour program can be completed in three years or less. Students have the option of completing this program on campus in sunny San Diego or online from the convenience of their own home. On campus classes are generally Monday through Thursday in the late afternoon and evenings. Graduates have gone on to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the California Department of Rehabilitation; community rehabilitation programs; and non-profit and private agencies providing rehabilitation services.

Courses include: rehabilitation foundations; medical and psychological aspects of disability; practicum in rehabilitation; seminar in multicultural dimensions in counseling; medical and psychological aspects of disability; theory and process of counseling; applications of assistive technology; assessment in rehabilitation; and seminar in disability systems.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,666.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

#19 Tied California State University-San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

California State University-San Bernardino offers a master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling. This is a 72 credit hour program that can be completed in three years. The program aims to recruit, retain and graduate students from diverse backgrounds  to promote diversity in the profession of rehabilitation counselors. Students in this program can choose an area of specialization based on their professional career goals and interests. Students will have the chance to complete research and field work in their concentrated specialization. A unique feature of this rehabilitation counseling program is a focus that is placed on offering a bilingual rehabilitation counseling experience. The goal is to prepare graduates to be able to speak conversational Spanish with clients while also having an understanding of the culture and special needs of Hispanic individuals with disabilities.

Courses include:

  • Credits Required: 72
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,666.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

#19 Tied California State University-Fresno

Fresno, CA

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University- Fresno offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. This 60 credit degree can be completed two-to-three years of full time coursework with a semester of an internship. Students  can elect to take national exams in the final semester of the program for certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) or as a National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Awards: the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation has been recognized by the “Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) by receiving the Exemplary Program Award for outstanding innovations in providing professional preparation for counselors.”

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,666.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

#18 University of the District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of the District of Columbia offers a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program can be completed with 48 credits or 60 credit hours for the clinical rehabilitation mental health counseling. The curriculum integrates theory and practice in an effort to support students in becoming skilled counselors able to work with culturally diverse clients experiencing a range of disabilities. Graduates have pursued careers in settings such as rehabilitation agencies, schools, mental health clinics, and substance abuse treatment centers.

Courses include: foundations of rehabilitation counseling; psychosocial and medical aspects of disability in rehabilitation; career counseling in rehabilitation; rehabilitation counseling theories; practicum in rehabilitation counseling; internship in rehabilitation counseling; job development and placement in rehabilitation; developmental disorders and rehabilitation; rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury; rehabilitation and psychiatric disabilities; neuropsychological assessment lecture; and ethics in rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,542.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

#17 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, TX

Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center offers a Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. This degree is to be completed full time in two years with 60 credits. The program prepares students for the field of rehabilitation counseling through coursework, internships, and research projects. Students are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and assessment skills. Graduates will be prepared to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to pursue their professional licensure for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA).

Courses include: introduction to assessment; the profession of rehabilitation counseling: issues and practices; psychopathology; counseling theory in rehabilitation; professional development; techniques of assessment and evaluation; human development; counseling techniques in rehabilitation; medical/ psychological aspects of disability; theories and methods of cognitive behavioral therapy; introduction to group counseling techniques in rehabilitation; addictions counseling; social and cultural issues in rehabilitation counseling; and counseling family systems.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 15,256.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#16 University of Wisconsin-Stout

Menomonie, WI

Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation

A Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation is available at University of Wisconsin-Stout. This program offers concentrations in Rehabilitation Counseling (on-campus or online) and Vocational Evaluation (on-campus). The program prepares graduates be able to connect and work with individuals across the lifespan who experience physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities. Graduates will become professionals in the field of rehabilitation counseling able to help diverse clients reach their goals.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation; community resources; psychosocial aspects of disability; community-based rehabilitation services; vocational assessment applications in rehabilitation; rehabilitation and chemical dependency; psychiatric rehabilitation; rehabilitation of the older disabled worker; assistive technology; and group processes in rehabilitation settings.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 14,013.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#15 Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, MO

Master Of Arts In Rehabilitation Counseling

Maryville University of Saint Louis offers a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling for 48 credits. Additional courses are available in specializations in marriage and family therapy, substance abuse, and music therapy. Graduates will be prepared to pursue licensure as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Maryville University has established many community connections and partnerships over the years to enhance student opportunities academically as well as following graduation.

Courses include: foundations of rehabilitation counseling; counseling and personality theory; medical aspects of rehabilitation; cultural/ psychological aspects of disability; issues in counseling; case and disability management; psychiatric rehabilitation; the individual, family, and rehabilitation; evaluation and assessment; career development, work, and disability; and group processes/ counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 13,768.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#14 Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Winston-Salem State University offers a 60-credit Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Full time students can complete this program in two years with an additional 10-week summer session. Students also complete a supervised internship and practicum experience. Graduates will be prepared to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam. Graduates can also choose to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter the profession of rehabilitation counseling with the skills to serve individuals from diverse populations that experience emotional, mental, or physical disabilities in a variety or roles.

Courses include: foundations of rehabilitation counseling; theories and techniques of counseling; group counseling; vocational assessment; vocational placement; medical aspects of disability in rehabilitation counseling; ethics in rehabilitation counseling; human growth and development; and psychological and cultural diversity issues in rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 13,314.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#13 University of North Texas

Denton, TX

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of North Texas offers a 48 credit Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. The graduate faculty at the University of North Texas have a comprehensive range of research interests. Students will receive supervision and mentoring from faculty throughout their time in the program. The curriculum is connected with service learning at the on-campus Wellness and Employment Learning Laboratory (UNT WELL). Through their work at the lab students can  engage in research in the field of rehabilitation including disabilities and addiction. Graduates will go on to find employment in a variety of settings from counselors to administrators, all with the goal of supporting individuals with disabilities improve their well being. Some funding is available through assistantships and scholarships.

Faculty research areas of interest include: health promotion; psychosocial aspects of disability; vocational rehabilitation; psychosocial aspects of disability; promoting well-being among individuals with traumatic injuries; professional issues and training in rehabilitation counseling; students with disabilities in postsecondary education; employment of persons with disabilities; psychiatric rehabilitation; multicultural issues in rehabilitation; substance abuse and addiction issues; community rehabilitation; transition issues faced by veterans in higher education; and multicultural competencies in counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 12,470.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#12 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, TX

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Graduate College offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program emphasizes through understanding theory and the practice of counseling with a focus on working with individuals with disabilities. The School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling in the College of Health Affairs offers this program which is designed to meet the needs of the community and the country for professional rehabilitation counselors. This 48 credit hour degree is available with a thesis or non-thesis option. Students who select the non-thesis track can take either the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination, or the Department Comprehensive Examination. Students may also choose to complete additional coursework required to work towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The program is  in the process of moving from a 48 credit hour program to a 60 credit hour program so all students will be able to pursue licensure as a LPC. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and a Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation foundations; case management in rehabilitation; research in rehabilitation; psychosocial aspects of disability; group counseling in rehabilitation; assessment and vocational evaluation; medical aspects of disability; job placement theories and methods; counseling theories in rehabilitation counseling; techniques in rehabilitation counseling; psychiatric rehabilitation; and rehabilitation counseling internship.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 12,349.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#11 Stephen F Austin State University

Nacogdoches, TX

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

Stephen F. Austin State University offers a Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program. Students will be trained in a broad range of rehabilitation services. This 48-hour credit program prepares graduates to pursue the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential. Students may choose to take an additional 12 credit hours which will allow them to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Funding is available on a competitive basis to qualified applicants through a federal training grant that the program was awarded.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation counseling; theories; vocational evaluation; rehab of the severely disabled; medical orientation; research; vocational and educational; multicultural; lifespan development; seminar in drug and alcohol abuse; assessment; psychosocial aspects of disability; and mental health.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 11,799.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#10 The University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, TX

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling. This is a new program that began admitting students in the fall of 2010. Some students complete the program in two years and 87% complete the program within three years. The program emphasizes preparing graduates for careers in the field of rehabilitation counseling through a combination of coursework, field experiences, and extracurricular activities. Graduates will be prepared to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam and pursue careers in a range of settings.

Courses include: ethical, legal, and professional issues in rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling theory; medical aspects of disability; psychosocial aspects of disability; rehabilitation counseling methods; psychiatric rehabilitation; career placement; diversity in disability across the lifespan; assessment and research in rehabilitation counseling; group counseling; techniques of counseling; and research in health sciences.

  • Credits Required: 54
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 11,517.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#9 Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Addiction Counseling

Saint Cloud State University offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling for 48-52 credits and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Addiction Counseling for 60-63 credits. The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling has a 10:1 student-faculty ratio with some classes available in the evenings and on weekends. The Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Addiction Counseling is one of two training programs with specialized expertise in Rehabilitation Counseling and Addiction in the United States.

Funding opportunities: Both degrees are able to offer funding through some assistantships that cover tuition and a stipend. Both programs are able to provide funding with full tuition reimbursement for 16 students per year through 2019 through a federal Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Grant.

  • Credits Required: 48-63
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 11,201.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#8 University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The University of Scranton offers a 48 credit hour Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program offers electives to provide students the opportunity to focus on an area of interest and develop an area of expertise. Additionally, a concentration is available in Criminal Justice for 12 credits. Courses for this concentration include: victims and victim rights; judicial process in criminal justice; contemporary criminal justice for counseling professionals; and advanced criminological theory. Students can choose to complete these 12 credits in addition to the 48 for Rehabilitation Counseling leading to the 60 credits that may make it possible (depending on home state licensing requirements) to obtain licensure as a professional counselor.

Courses include: counseling and interviewing skills; counseling theories; group process and practice; appraisal techniques; research methods; social and cultural issues; career and lifestyle development; developmental psychology; professional issues: rehabilitation counseling; physical disabilities; vocational aspects of disability; addictive behaviors; issues in substance abuse; psychopharmacology; counseling issues for women; and family counseling and therapy.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 11,112.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

#7 Arkansas State University-Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR

Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

The Psychology and Counseling Department at Arkansas State University offers a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Graduates will be prepared to provide counseling and rehabilitation services to diverse populations. Graduates will be trained to work with individuals dealing with issues including but not limited to cognitive, mental, emotional, psychiatric, and psychosocial disabilities. Graduates are eligible to work towards national Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor and are also able to work towards licensure as mental health counselor (requirements vary by state).

Courses include: case management in rehabilitation; introduction to rehabilitation; medical aspects of disability; vocational services in rehabilitation; practicum in rehabilitation counseling; internship in rehabilitation counseling; career and lifestyle development; ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling; group dynamics; psychological testing; social and cultural foundations of counseling; alcohol and drug abuse; child and adolescent counseling; and special problems in rehabilitation.

  • Credits Required: 60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 9,144.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#6 Salve Regina University

Newport, RI

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Salve Regina University offers two master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling: a 48 credit hour Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling; and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling for 60 credits. Applicants can apply for the program that best fits their specific career goals and interests in the field of rehabilitation counseling. The department also offers certificates. In an effort to be accessible, courses are available at the Newport Campus and Center for Adult Education and some courses are offered online. Graduates who complete supervised experience will be eligible to take the national exam in rehabilitation counseling to become certified as a rehabilitation counselor. Additionally, students can continue their graduate studies to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor.

Courses include: research methods; foundations for rehabilitation and mental health counseling: history, principles, laws, and ethics; human growth and development; counseling and personality theory; couples and family counseling; group process; social and cultural diversity, advocacy, and accommodation; career development; medical and psychological aspects of disability; assessment; and vocational rehabilitation, case management, and employment.

  • Credits Required: 48-60
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 8,820.00
  • Regional Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

#5 Wilberforce University

Wilberforce, OH

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Wilberforce University offers a graduate program with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program emphasizes training graduates to support individuals with disabilities reach their goals. Students will be able to take the national qualifying examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in the final semester of the program. Graduates of the program will be prepared to be leaders in the field of rehabilitation counseling in a variety of ways from providing direct services, to employment in administrative roles, and continued research and studies in doctoral programs.

Course content includes topics covering: rehabilitation foundations; appraisal; medical issues; theory and techniques; research methods; group counseling; case management; human development; career development; ethics; and technology.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 8,172.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#4 Langston University

Langston, OK

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Langston University offers a 48 credit hour Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide rehabilitation and mental health counseling services individuals with disabilities, as well as to contribute to research and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Counseling and Disabilities Studies Department also offers an undergraduate rehabilitation services program as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Visual Rehabilitation Services Program.

Courses include: foundations of rehabilitation counseling; medical and psychological aspects of disability; theory and practice of rehabilitation counseling; legal concerns and ethics in counseling; medical and psychological aspects of disability; assessment and evaluation; counseling methods and techniques; human growth and development; group counseling; career development and world of work; and comprehensive evaluation.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 7,737.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#3 Jackson State University

Jackson, MS

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Psychometric Services at Jackson State University offers a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Students in this program  are encouraged to engage in research with faculty. Additionally, the Carnegie Foundation has designated Jackson State University as a “high research activity” institution. Jackson State University has close to 9,000 students and is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation; medical information; research in rehabilitation; multicultural counseling rehabilitation; vocational appraisal; vocational evaluation; techniques of counseling; community resources; group dynamics; psychodiagnosis and treatment; seminar in substance abuse; and marriage and family therapy.

  • Credits Required: 57
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 6,866.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

#2 Minnesota State University-Mankato

Mankato, MN

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

Minnesota State University at Mankato has been offering a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling since 1959. Over the last 50 years more than 1,000 students have graduated from the program. Graduates have a high rate of job placement (over 90%) in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling, going on to pursue careers in settings such as: state and federal rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, independent living centers, and universities as educators in the field of rehabilitation. Full time students can complete the 48 credit hour program in approximately two years. Some scholarships and assistantships are available to qualified applicants.

Courses include: foundations of rehabilitation counseling; medical aspects of disability; psychosocial aspects of disability; theory in rehabilitation; research and issues in rehabilitation; vocational measurement and evaluation techniques; career planning and development; case management in rehabilitation counseling; and practicum in rehabilitation counseling.

  • Credits Required: 48
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 6,849.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

#1 Southern University and A & M College

Baton Rouge, LA

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at Southern University and A & M College offers a Master Of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. This program offers specializations including: rehabilitation of ethnic minorities (REM); vocational evaluation and work adjustment (VEWA); and assistive technology (AT). Funding is available for this program with as many as 30 scholarships awarded to qualified students. Scholarships range from $6,000 -$19,000 and can cover tuition, books, and monthly stipends. Additionally, the Graduate School  has some assistantships available. The department also offers this Master’s degree through distance education.  A Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling is alsoavailable.

Courses include: introduction to rehabilitation counseling; theories and techniques of counseling; rehabilitation assessment and evaluation; medical and psychosocial aspects of disability; occupational information and vocational analysis; applications of assistive technology in VR; and job development and placement.

  • Credits Required: n/a
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition: $ 5,336.00
  • Regional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Methodology: To develop the ranking of The Top 40 Most Affordable Accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Programs, we used information gathered from the Institute of Education Sciences’ College Navigator to evaluate colleges and universities offering programing in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor. Next, we checked the schools for regional accreditation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and program accreditation with the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), only programs accredited by both agencies were retained. Finally, we sorted the schools by average graduate tuition (2014-2015), and we present the top 40 schools in our ranking.

Related Rankings