Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. Program at N.I.U.

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Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. Program at N.I.U.

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The NIU Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling program is accepting applications for fall 2017. Complete applications are due by Feb 1, 2017. May and August 2017 graduates are encouraged to apply!


Check out this video made by NIU students to better understand the role of the professional Rehabilitation Counselor:


What are some of the strengths of the MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at NIU?

  • 95% employment rate within 6 months of graduation
  • 100% pass rate on the national certification exam for the past two years (compared to the national average of 60-70%)
  • Program faculty who are actively engaged in the profession and strongly support student success
  • Affiliations with high-quality clinical sites including the Veteran’s Administration, State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, and Private Rehabilitation Firms
  • The flexibility to complete the program in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time
  • The opportunity to seek licensure as a professional counselor after graduation
  • The chance to be involved with faculty research, teaching, and service
  • The program boasts a contemporary curriculum that puts our graduates in high demand by employers
  • The program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).


What is the demand for rehabilitation counselors?

The demand for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 19% through 2024.


Where are graduates employed?

Program graduates are employed in a variety of settings including state/federal vocational rehabilitation programs, the veteran’s administration, private rehabilitation firms, college/university disability services, independent living centers, school-to-work transition programs, and vocational evaluation centers.


What are the admission requirements for the program?

A complete written application includes:


Does the program require GRE scores?

No. GRE scores are not required.



What is the average GPA for admitted students?

Over the past two years, the average GPA of admitted students is 3.3/4.0. However, students have been admitted with a GPA lower than 3.3 and higher than 3.3.



What prerequisite courses are required for admission?

None. The program does not require prerequisite courses.


Where can I go for more details on the application process?

For details about the application process, please visit our website at or contact Dr. Amanda McCarthy [hidden email].



The NIU Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Recruitment form.docx (30K) Download Attachment
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