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 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 may provide a broad range of counseling and rehabilitation services to individuals 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 much faster-than-average projected job growth from 2019 to 2029 (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • typically three semesters of field placement training providing a rich clinical experience

Program Points of Pride

  • 95.5% of program graduate respondents were employed according to a 2021 study (95.5% working in the rehabilitation field)
  • 12 graduates in the 2020–21 academics year
  • Full program completion percentage was 55% in 2020–21; 78% of students completed the program in 2018–20
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) exam pass rates were 75% for 2020–21, and 86% for 2019–20, much higher than the national average

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Science (MS)
Credits required for completion 60
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 750 hours
Application deadline Fall: April 1, then rolling until June 30

Chat with a Student Ambassador

Questions about the program?

Scott A. Sabella

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
419 Baldy Hall


Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus