Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility

For those facing physical, mental, emotional, or social challenges, rehabilitation counselors offer hope and empowerment. For individuals and their families, these counselors serve as a source of personal support and guidance thus enhancing their quality of life.

Ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), GW's Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility program prepares you to become a skillful Rehabilitation Counselor. Through intensive coursework, practicum and internship experiences in federal, state, and private settings, and mentoring relationships, you will be able to integrate the critical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to be fully prepared for professional practice. This program encompasses a wide range of counseling theories and practices, including multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environmental barriers for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services, case management, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, job placement and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensure and for Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), as well as both public and private employment opportunities. While in the program, students participate in GW’s mentorship program. This program pairs you with program graduates who are now working in a variety of industries to help you network while you engage in first-hand learning.


Program Data 2020-2021*

Retention rate: 84%

Average time to complete the program: 2.6 years (7-8 semesters)

2020-21 Cost: On-campus $1,765 per credit; Online $875 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; insurance companies; public schools; hospitals; colleges; independent living centers; employee assistance programs (EAP); job training centers

Licensure eligibility: Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) for 60 credit program; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) requirements vary by state

CRC passing rates: 100% (National 75%)

Accreditation status: Accredited through 2022 by CACREP.

Annual Fall Enrollment: 36

*Retention and Enrollment data reflects combined MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility


Why a GW Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling?

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are active in the field and can provide their own real-world experiences and uncommon insights.

Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.

Nationally Ranked and Accredited: The GSEHD Counseling program combines rigorous course content with supervised, clinical experience working with a diverse population from the metropolitan area. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is ranked 3rd in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Courses

GW’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility is a 60 credit master’s program.

Curriculum (60 credit hours) - Regular Program with Certification and Licensure Eligibility

  • CNSL 6151 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6153 Counseling Interview Skills (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6154 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6155 Career Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6157 Individual Assessment in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6161 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6163 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6171 Family Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6173 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6174 Trauma and Crisis Intervention (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6185 Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6186 Advanced Internship in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6269 Practicum I in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6376 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6378 Disability Management and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6380 Job Placement and Supported Employment (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6381 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities (3 credits)
  • CNSL 6114 Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Counselor Education (3 credits)
  • HDEV 6108 Life Span Human Development (3 credits)
  • Elective course selected in consultation with the program advisor. (3 credits)*
  • * Students seeking licensure must take CNSL 6721 Advanced Clinical Skills to fulfill the elective requirement.

    Program Outcomes

    • Identify and describe all aspects of professional functioning including history and philosophy, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, credentials, legislation, and public policy, including advocating on behalf of the profession and its clientele, client choice, and empowerment.
    • Evaluate and apply a personal and professional understanding of trans-cultural relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society, gender and sexual identity issues, ethnicity, and disability, including attitudes, values, ethical, moral, spiritual, and legal considerations.
    • Describe and apply a knowledge that provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at various developmental levels, from both a stage and context approach.
    • Synthesize and implement an understanding of career development and related life factors, including theories, assessment practices, and computer assisted resources.
    • Evaluate and apply counseling and consultation processes, including theoretical foundations and the appropriate interviewing skills.
    • Describe and apply an understanding of group purpose, development, and dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
    • Describe and understand the role of family, family theories, family support, interventions, and legal/ethical issues impacting work with families.
    • Analyze and evaluate knowledge of individual and group assessment and evaluation approaches.
    • Compare, evaluate, and synthesize an understanding of research methodology, technology, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
  • As a graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling degree, you will master competencies that are supported by CACREP. They include the following:



Beveridge, Scott Associate Professor, Counseling
Hergenrather, Kenneth Professor, Counseling
McGuire-Kuletz, Maureen Associate Professor, Counseling


Career Outlook

The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling with Licensure Eligibility from the George Washington University (GW) prepares you for a career in a variety of career settings that include rehabilitation agencies, hospitals, living centers, substance abuse agencies and education systems.

The U.S. Bureau Labor Services reports that roles for rehabilitation counselors will grow 20% by 20221, faster than the average occupation. 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.

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

  • Colleges
  • Community-based rehabilitation programs
  • Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
  • Hospitals
  • Independent living centers
  • Insurance companies
  • Job training centers
  • Private rehabilitation companies
  • Public schools
  • State vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Substance abuse agencies

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at


  • On-Campus Program Entry: Fall
  • Online Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
  • Campus: Main Campus, Online

Applicants interested in applying to the Rehabilitation Counseling program living within a 50 mile radius of GW's Foggy Bottom campus may only apply for the main campus option.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE or MAT
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants. For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page. We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the next available start term. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.

CACREP Executive Summary 2021

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