Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

Our master's program in rehabilitation counseling focuses on preparing you to become a competent and skillful rehabilitation counselor. Our program is fully accredited by the New York State Education Department and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and may lead to you becoming a nationally-certified rehabilitation counselor. As a rehabilitation counselor, you will provide psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation services to people with physical, mental/psychiatric, cognitive or sensory disabilities at various stages in their lives.

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Why Rehabilitation Counseling at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • most affordable CACREP-accredited program in Western New York
  • opportunities for research engagement with faculty
  • quality education through a program that is consistently ranked among the best in the nation (U.S. News & World Report,
  • training in a profession with a projected 10-14% job growth through 2016 (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • typically three semesters of field placement training providing a rich clinical experience

Program points of pride:

  • 95% of graduates were employed (84.2% working in the rehabilitation counseling field, according to a 2019 study); 100% working in the rehabilitation counseling field for 2017 graduates (according to a 2018 study)
  • 22 students graduated during the 2018-19 school year
  • 71.1% of our recent students have completed the program (2018 study of 2016-2017 classes)
  • Our Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification Exam pass rate is 61.4% for the first attempt
  • Our program was named one of the top five online counseling programs in the U.S. in 2017 by

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Science (MS)
Credits required for completion 48
Time to completion 4 to 6 full-time semesters
Course delivery

On campus or online 


Rehabilitation counseling settings include:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse recovery programs
  • College/university accessibility resources offices
  • Corporate human resources or employee relation offices
  • Employment services and vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Government agencies and their affiliated services programs
  • Health insurance or private rehabilitation companies
  • Medical, psychiatric and vocational clinics or centers
  • Penal and correctional institutions
  • Private practice
  • Veterans administration and its hospitals
Experiential contact hours More than 750 hours
Application deadline Fall admission only
April 1, then rolling until July 1

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.