Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.
Mercer University's Master of Science program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. This program empowers individuals to make informed choices, to help individuals achieve positive mental health, and to maximize opportunities for economic independence.
During the program students will draw on knowledge from several fields, develop advanced expertise, conduct research and assume leadership roles. The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta Campus, and students are admitted three times per year in August, January and May.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant is available for qualified students. Visit our RSA grant page for more information.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
- Understand and follow the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors
- Understand the laws that affect individuals with disabilities and will be able to advocate for the rights of those individuals
- Understand the concept of choice, self-advocacy and self-determinations, and promote these concepts throughout the rehabilitation process
- Demonstrate the ability to practice counseling techniques, job placement skills, and career strategies that will assist individuals with disabilities to develop the skills and competencies they need to function effectively in society
NOTE: The M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation through the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Candidate for Accreditation is an initial accreditation granted to programs that provide evidence that a program complies with those standards applicable at the program’s stage of development. The program will transition to fully accredited in October 2019. View Program Outcomes (CORE Standard A.5 Data)>
Individuals who successfully complete the program are prepared to work in a variety of settings such as: Veterans Administration, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, rehabilitation hospitals, insurance companies, correction centers, juvenile justice, mental health agencies and other human service agencies.
Annual reports, employer/supervisor survey results and program graduate survey results for our counseling programs can be viewed on our Program/Student Outcomes page.
Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.
The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor & Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Graduates are filling this role and have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).
The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling requires a total of 60 semester hours to complete.
Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
- Application for Admission. Begin application now>
- $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($50 for International Applicants)
Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee.
- MAT or GRE Test Score
All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
- Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
- Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
Letter of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants’ aptitude and potential as a clinical rehabilitation counselor.
- Background Check
Applicants must complete a background check. Please contact Leslie Baxter for additional details and instructions at email@example.com.
- Goal Statement
Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement outlining personal and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a career as a clinical rehabilitation counselor.
The Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as the Preferred Provider Partnership program) provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.
Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program:
|Georgia Department of Corrections|
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|M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling||$605||$1,815||$3,630||$5,445|
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