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Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

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administrative contact

Candy Long
Program Assistant
Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology
phone: 304-293-3809
fax: 304-293-4082

program contact

Margaret Glenn
Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology
phone: 304-293-2276
fax: 304-293-4082

Program Details

Program Description

The master of science program enables rehabilitation counselors to help people deal with the personal, social, and vocational effects of disabilities. They counsel people with disabilities resulting from birth defects, illness or disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. This might mean the person has a physical disability, cognitive disabilities, a mental health or substance abuse problem. They evaluate the strengths and limitations of individuals, provide personal and vocational counseling, and arrange for medical care, vocational training, and job placement.

WVU ranks #1 on’s Best Buy list for our distance master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Career Profile

Job titles and employers of recent graduates from this program:
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, MO Department of Vocational Rehabilitation; Case Worker II, Department of Human Services; Director of Employment Services, Community Options, Inc; Rehabilitation Supervisor, Florida Division of Blind Services; Job Coach, Kannopolis City Schools; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Department of Veterans Affairs; Rehabilitation Counselor, WV Department of Rehabilitation Services; Independent Living Specialist, Alaska Access; Rehabilitation Counselor, Montana Vocational Rehabilitation

Employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow with the increase in the elderly population and with the continued rehabilitation needs of other groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities. Rehabilitation counselors can work in the private sector as well as for the federal and state vocational rehabilitation systems. Others are counselors in mental health or substance abuse treatment programs or transition counselors for public school systems.

Delivery Methods Available

  • blended
  • online

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Application:
  • Recommendations: Requires three letters of recommendation
  • Test Requirements: GRE or MAT

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Pre-Qualification Process

Interview with faculty

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: March 15, 2014
  • Fall Deadline: April 15, 2014
  • Spring Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Master of Science degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).