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.
The features of our program include:
|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:
|Experiential contact hours||More than 750 hours|
|Application deadline||Fall admission only |
April 1, then rolling until July 1
The mission of the University at Buffalo master of science program in rehabilitation counseling is to provide high quality instruction and practical experiences, in order to develop competent and professional rehabilitation counselors who are committed to facilitating autonomy, inclusion and well-being of individuals with disabilities in employment and the community.
The program faculty will continuously assess the program and student progress to ensure our mission to develop competent and professional rehabilitation counselors. We will promote pluralism and ideals which are consistent with the rehabilitation counseling philosophy.
Program faculty have identified the following three objectives:
Specifics related to online course delivery.
CEP 649 Rehabilitation Foundations
CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theory
CEP 661 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
CEP 680 Career Development
Semester 3 (Summer)
CEP 532 Understanding Statistical Research
CEP 615 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling*
CEP 503 Tests and Measurement
CEP 596 Field Work and Counseling Techniques*
CEP 597 Practicum (150 site contact hours)*
CEP 658 Introduction to Group Work*
Semester 6 (Summer)
CEP 683 Vocational Placement Process*
CEP 705 Portfolio Development
CEP 600 Internship (300 site contact hours)**
CRC Exam in October
CEP 600 Internship (300 site contact hours)**
CRC Exam in March
* CEP 596, CEP 597, CEP 615 and CEP 658 are synchronous courses with a designated weekly day and time for meeting via web-based video conferencing (WebEx). Various times may be available, but attendance is required. You may also need to arrange synchronous meetings or presentations.
** Depending on chosen site and other considerations, you may complete the internship in the fall by registering for 12 credit hours and completing 600 contact hours.
You must have a bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a related field.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Admission Interview: An interview is required to be considered for admission to this program.
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.
The rehabilitation counseling program is fully accredited by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). The program was accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Counselor Education (CORE) until that organization merged with CACREP in July 2017. As a result, the rehabilitation counseling program at the University at Buffalo is accredited by CACREP. This accreditation is separate from CACREP accreditation for the 60-hour Licensed Mental Health Counselor programs.
Students of CACREP-accredited programs are eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination in their final year of the program. Seventy-five percent of coursework needs to be completed at least one to two months prior to taking the exam. Students who pass the CRC exam are eligible to submit their transcript after degree conferral to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) under Category One. This will allow students to immediately hold the credential as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) without the need for prior supervised employment in the field, as required for other certification categories.