Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

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Program Information

Prepare for the CRC Certification and Transform Lives

Equip yourself for a rewarding career helping persons with physical, sensory, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling at Western Washington University empowers competent counselors who are attentive to the dynamic and holistic needs of their clients. This degree prepares you to obtain Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credentials and work in a variety of private and public sector settings.

Program Features

  • Top 20 Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Convenient hybrid learning blends online courses with in-person classes
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Internship and practicum built into the curriculum
  • CACREP Accredited

What Will You Learn?

Western’s master’s in rehabilitation counseling prepares you to partner with individuals with disabilities as a dedicated and qualified rehabilitation counselor. Engage in courses, practicum experience, and internships that cover theory, techniques, case management, professional issues, multicultural practice, career development, and more. This robust training will enable you to enhance your clients’ lives by working with them toward self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community participation.

Why WWU’s Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s Degree?

Top-Ranked Accredited Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Commit to a top-ranked, high-quality program to enhance your career prospects and assemble a powerful professional toolbox as you prepare for CRC certification. WWU’s rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program is ranked #19 in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Online and On-Campus Hybrid Learning

The master’s in rehabilitation counseling program is designed to work alongside your professional and personal commitments. On-campus courses are scheduled to meet one evening per week at the Everett University Center. Some courses are hybrid, meaning you’ll attend campus 5 times a quarter and complete the other weeks asynchronously online. We also offer fully asynchronous online course options.

However you study, you’ll have the option to study full-time or part-time on a 2-, 3-, or 4-year completion track.

Gain Counseling Experience through Internships

To prepare for your professional practice, you’ll complete 16 credit hours of internships in rehabilitation counseling. You’ll find roles with local and partner rehabilitation agencies through networking opportunities, faculty recommendations, and Western’s Career Services Center.

Program Curriculum and Courses

Establish skills, competencies, and experience necessary to achieve Certified Rehabilitation Counselor status. The MA in rehabilitation counseling program involves 70 credits of rigorous core theory, including aspects like addictions and rehabilitation counseling, group counseling techniques, medical aspects of disability, and psychiatric disabilities in rehabilitation. You’ll also complete 20 credits of hands-on practicum and internship placements—opportunities that build your comfort and confidence in clinical settings.

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Rehabilitation Counseling Career Outlook

A master’s in rehabilitation counseling prepares you for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor recognition. As a rehabilitation counselor, you will provide assessments of abilities and functional limitations, develop plans consistent with individual clients’ needs, and partner with clients in achieving their goals. Together, you and your clients will explore a variety of paths toward success, including individual and group counseling, vocational training and education, and job development and placement.

Rehabilitation counseling is a dynamic, rewarding, and growing field: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11% growth in demand for rehabilitation counselors over the next decade, a rate much higher than the average across all occupations. 

You will encounter employment opportunities in both public and private sectors, including state and federal rehabilitation agencies, nonprofit agencies, veterans’ programs, workers’ compensation agencies, hospitals, and universities. Our graduates are working at places like the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Services for the Blind, VA hospitals, and more.


Application Requirements (No GRE Required)

To apply, complete the Graduate School application, upload an unofficial transcript from each institution you’ve attended, and pay the $100 application fee. The application also requires:

  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. References should be from individuals who can attest to either your professional experiences (preferably at least one from a direct supervisor; can include internship/volunteer positions) or academic strength (preferably a university professor). References should not be from family members or close personal friends.
  • Resume
  • Expectations for Academic and Professional Performance
  • Statement of Purpose: a succinct statement (two to three pages) that provides an accurate indication of writing and grammatical skills. The Statement of Purpose must include information on the following:
    1. Your reason(s) for applying, including your rationale for seeking the Master's degree and choosing the Rehabilitation Counseling program at WWU;
    2. Professional and personal strengths as they apply to the field of rehabilitation counseling;
    3. Relevant experiences in life, work, and/or schooling;
    4. Your goals and interests that demonstrate and illustrate your personal value system;
    5. Your career objectives. You can also include any additional information or insights that you consider relevant to your application.

If you earned your bachelor’s degree outside the US or Canada, review our English Language Proficiency, Transcripts, and Credential Evaluation.

Apply by April 1 for priority consideration, or June 1 for the extended deadline.

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Tuition and Cost

Western offers several programs and opportunities that can help you pay for graduate school, including paid teaching and research assistantships, federal student loans, scholarships, and grant funding available to some second-year students.

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Become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master’s Degree at WWU!

Broaden your opportunities to contribute to others’ growth in Western’s Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program. You have the flexibility to earn your degree full-time or part-time, in-person, hybrid, and online. With a robust curriculum and real-world experience, you are well-equipped to earn CRC certification and thrive in your career.

Request information to learn more about the rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program. Ready to take the first step? Apply now!


An Opportunity to Thrive Together

Sydney McPhearson completed a practicum and internship at Seattle’s Neurological Vocational Services, which provides job matching and support to individuals with neurological conditions. After graduation, she became a rehabilitation counselor there. The cohort structure in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program provided a sense of mentorship among the students, she said. “The faculty did a great job of creating space and opportunity for us to grow and thrive together."