Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

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Rehabilitation Counseling will prepare you to help people with disabilities achieve their personal, social, career and independence goals. You will develop the professional understanding, knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to assist individuals and groups with disabilities in achieving their maximum level of independence and functioning. Rehabilitation Counseling is an expanding field with opportunities to work in a variety of settings.

Program Highlights

  • 10 to 1 student to faculty ratio
  • 3-5 graduate assistantships offered by the School of Graduate Studies 
  • Designed for full-time or part-time students
  • Online or on-campus options
  • All professors in the program have degrees in rehabilitation counseling and experience in the field
  • Students may take classes with 3 other counseling psychology programs
  • A federal Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Grant funds partial tuition reimbursement for 16 students per year through 2024
  • Graduates meet the educational requirements to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and/or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Students who add 12 additional credits in the required content areas can gain the education needed to sit for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Program Distinctions

  • Accredited​ for more than 40 years by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  Since the merger of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and CORE, the program has been accredited by CACREP since July 1, 2017
  • The program has been preparing rehabilitation counselors for the field for 52 years and is one of the oldest accredited programs at St. Cloud State
  • Students present at the state, national and international level
  • Students participate in coordinating the annual event: Embracing the Difference the ABILITY EVENT

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Feb. 1 (Priority 1) April 1 (Priority 2) Aug. 1 (Space Available) Feb. 1 (Priority 1) April 1 (Priority 2) Feb. 1 (Priority 1) April 1 (Priority 2) Aug. 1 (Space Available)
Spring N/A N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Amy Hebert Knopf

Popular Careers

  • State/federal rehabilitation program counselor
  • Services for the blind and visually impaired
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation
  • Chemical dependency treatment
  • Worker's compensation programs
  • Pain management
  • Employee assistance programs 

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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