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Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC)

Rehabilitation Counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained at the graduate level specifically to serve individuals with disabilities.  They help individuals set and achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals. 

Rehabilitation counseling embodies highly specialized training and a unique counseling philosophy, and spans many areas of specialty, all of which set it apart from other counseling professions.

The need and demand for services for individuals with disabilities is expected to grow significantly in the future.


About the Program:

  • Ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Highest ranked program at Utah State University.
  • 94% first-time pass rate on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam (CRC) as compared to a national pass rate of 77% .
  • Over 95% professional job placement of MRC graduates.  Graduates are employed in state public vocational rehabilitation settings, Deseret Industries, university disability resource centers, Veteran's Affairs, and private non-profit rehab companies .
  • Will take any Bachelors degree.  No prerequisites required. 
  • Offered on-campus, or via distance education—distance courses are streamed live through the internet in the evenings (all distance students are required to travel to the USU campus in Logan Utah to take two one-week courses during the summer semester).
  • MRC with Concentration in Transition Services—Focuses on the needs of high school students with disabilities in transition to employment or post-high-school education.
  • Utah Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensure (CMHC) - Additional 8 credits and employment are required. 
  • 52 credit program
  • Tuition: Distance—$416/credit hour (no out-of-state tuition).  On-campus—see tuition table .
  • Students admitted 3 times per year.  No cohorts; students go at own pace.
  • Admission requirements: Minimum 3.00 gpa over the last 60 credits and test scores (GRE or MAT) at the 40th percentile or higher. NOTE: Meeting the minimum standard on gpa and test scores does not automatically ensure admission.  
  • RSA scholarships available


How to Apply:

Step 1:     Fill out the online application


Step 2:     Pay the $55 application fee

Step 3:     Take the GRE or MAT test

Step 4:     Provide a copy of your transcript to the School of Graduate Studies

Step 5:     Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation.

Step 6:     Take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (international students only)


Applications will be reviewed three times per year; June 15 for fall semester admission, October 15 for spring, and March 15 for summer.  All application materials must be submitted by the deadline date. 



Kris Wengreen, Academic Advisor