Rehabilitation Counseling - MRC

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

USU's Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

It is one of Utah State's highest ranked graduate programs, and according to U.S. News & World Report, its ranking is #6 in its category. Rehabilitation counselors provide services to adults with a broad range of disabilities to help them obtain gainful employment and take control of their lives.

In addition to traditional on-campus courses, classes are offered through Internet-based distance education. Those who complete either the on-campus or distance program are eligible to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination, which USU students pass at a 94% rate on the first attempt, and almost 100 percent of graduates find employment as rehabilitation counselors.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are employed in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Public sector
  • Community rehabilitation
  • University disability resource centers
  • Veteran's Administration
  • Independent living centers
  • Mental health centers
  • Addiction centers
  • Insurance agencies
  • Workers' compensation
  • Private practice
  • Litigation and forensic settings
  • Workforce services and other human resource centers

Job Outlook



Kris Wengreen

Office: EDUC 309
Phone: (435) 797-3246

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Admission Requirements

Students from any undergraduate background are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Provide letter of intent

International students have additional admissions requirements.


The department has the following application deadlines:

  • Fall semester - March 15

Program Requirements

Each student must complete a practicum of three credit hours that requires 100 clock hours (at least 40 hours providing direct client contact) and an internship of nine credit hours requiring 600 clock hours (at least 240 hours providing direct client contact). Both of these experiences must be completed in a community agency providing rehabilitation counseling services to people with disabilities.

Plan Options

Students receiving the MRC must complete this plan option:

  • The Plan C option, which consists of coursework and an internship only; there is no thesis requirement. There is, however, a clinical internship requirement.

Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships are available through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. These change from year to year depending on available funding, so contact the department to see what is currently available.

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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