Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling
Your life-changing career in changing lives starts here.
For those facing physical, mental, emotional, or social challenges, rehabilitation counselors offer hope and empowerment while facilitating services addressing employment and independent living. Rehabilitation counselors serve as a source of expertise, guidance and personal support for individuals and their families, thus enhancing their quality of life.
Our master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling, offered on-campus and online, combines rigorous course content with supervised, clinical experience to provide a foundation for serving diverse populations. Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible for Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), eligible to apply for licensure as a professional counselor.
Nationally Ranked & Accredited
Our program is ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Learn from faculty members who are active in the field and can provide their own real-world experiences and uncommon insights.
Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate working professionals and internships.
Available on-campus at our Foggy Bottom location and online, so you can attend anywhere in the world.
Whether attending on-campus or online, a GW education is unlike any other. Take advantage of our mentorship program and connect with renowned alumni, and benefit from the University’s extraordinary access to leading national and international organizations. Join the ever-expanding GW community who leaves the world a better place for those who follow after.
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Rehabilitation Counseling
Counseling and Human Development
-Online: Spring, Summer, Fall
- Our Mission
This program prepares professionals to empower those with disabilities through counseling. Graduates of the program are experts in helping individuals to enhance their quality of life. Among the many topics taught, students will learn:
- Philosophical foundations of rehabilitation counseling
- Counseling theories
- Case management
- Ethical standards for counselors
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 60 credits in required courses. In addition, students are required to complete 600 hours in internships (300 hours in each of CNSL 6185 and CNSL 6186), and 100 hours as part of a practicum (CNSL 6269).
Students seeking licensure must take CNSL 6271 as their elective.
Course List Code Title Required CNSL 6114 Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Counselor Education CNSL 6151 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling CNSL 6153 Counseling Interview Skills CNSL 6154 Theories and Techniques of Counseling CNSL 6155 Career Counseling CNSL 6157 Individual Assessment in Counseling CNSL 6161 Group Counseling CNSL 6163 Social and Cultural Dimensions - CNS CNSL 6171 Family Counseling CNSL 6173 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning CNSL 6174 Trauma and Crisis Intervention CNSL 6185 Internship in Counseling CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship in Counseling CNSL 6269 Practicum in Counseling CNSL 6376 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling CNSL 6378 Disability Management and Psychosocial Rehabilitation CNSL 6380 Job Placement and Supported Employment CNSL 6381 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities HDEV 6108 Life Span Human Development Elective -3 credits in approved elective courses selected in consultation with the program advisor
-On-campus students must take CNSL 6271 to fulfill the requirement for licensure.
- Program Outcomes
- Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible for Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), eligible for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), eligible to apply for licensure as a professional counselor.
Our alumni work in both public and private organizations, and often make professional connections before graduating through our alumni mentorship program.
- Program Data
Data from 2021-2022*
- Retention Rate: 87%
- Average Time to Complete the Program: 2.6 years (8 semesters)
- 2021-2022 Cost: On campus $1765 per credit; Online $895 per credit
- Scholarships: Federal long term rehabilitation counseling training scholarships and merit based scholarships
- Employment Rate (at 6 months post graduation): 100%
- Employment Settings: State VR agencies, community-based rehabilitation programs, private rehabilitation companies, independent living centers
- Licensure Eligibility: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) for 60 credit program (requirements vary by state)
- CRC Passing Rates: 100%
- Accreditation Status: Accredited by CACREP through 2024
- Annual Fall Enrollment: 42
Hear more about the program and the rehabilitation counseling profession from GSEHD faculty:
GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.
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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.
Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
Statement of Purpose
Two Letters of Recommendation
- The GRE is optional for students applying to enter the program in 2023
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2024.
|Application Timeline||Fall 2024 (Online/On-Campus)|
|Priority Deadline||Nov 1|
|Round 1 Deadline||Dec 15|
|Round 2 Deadline||Jan 16|
|Round 3 Deadline||March 1|
|Round 4 Deadline||May 1|
(Please note: applicants within a 50 mile radius of GW's main campus are only eligible for the main campus program)
The U.S. Bureau Labor Services reports that roles for rehabilitation counselors will grow 10% from 2020-20301. As the nation’s elderly population grows, more adults will need rehabilitation counselors to help them adapt to disabilities and injuries and learn strategies for independent living. Rehabilitation counselors will also be needed to serve the ongoing rehabilitation needs of other groups such as veterans and people with disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and substance abuse problems.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Rehabilitation Counselors, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/rehabilitation-counselors.htm (visited August 13, 2022).
- Rehabilitation Counseling Career Opportunities
- Advocates and client assistance program managers
- Assistive technology specialists
- Case managers
- Community, state and private agency managers
- Independent living program coordinators
- Parole officers
- Rehabilitation counselors
- Supported employment specialists
- Potential Employment Settings
- State vocational rehabilitation agencies
- Private rehabilitation companies
- Community-based rehabilitation programs
- Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
- Independent living centers
- Insurance companies
- Job training centers
- Public schools
- Substance abuse agencies