Master’s Degree (MA) in Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success.

At UDC, a shared multicultural perspective among students and faculty shapes the learning environment. Our students are acutely aware of the impact of health care disparities among lower income, minority populations. To that end, they often commit their careers to working with disabled individuals from underserved and underrepresented populations. Our students and faculty also embrace the approach of healing the whole person, their family and the community at large.

Master’s Degree (MA) in Rehabilitation Counseling

Helping people in need is one of the most rewarding—and challenging—responsibilities one can undertake. The master’s degree program in rehabilitation counseling at the University of the District of Columbia prepares you to work with individuals, from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds with a range of medical, psychological, and psychosocial disabilities.  If you are already employed in the field, a master’s degree is an advantage when seeking professional advancement.

At UDC, you will learn the concepts, skills and personal approach needed to empower these individuals to help themselves. Our program emphasizes the following topics:

  • Philosophical foundations of rehabilitation
  • Behavior and personality theory
  • Human development
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Mental health counseling (individual, group and family)
  • Attitudinal and architectural barriers
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Career development
  • Case management
  • Assistive technology
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability
  • Job placement
  • Ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors. 


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Rehabilitation Counseling Program

The master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling requires two to three years of full-time study. Full-time students can complete the 48 credit hour program in two years (including summers).

Part-time study is possible, as most courses are scheduled in the evening or weekends. Core courses include:

  • Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling                                                
  • Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling            
  • Principles and Practices of Case Management
  • Psychosocial and Medical Aspects of Disability in Rehabilitation Counseling              
  • Applications of Assistive Technology in Rehabilitation
  • Cultural Diversity Issues & Multicultural Counseling
  • Job Placement and Career Counseling

Students may create a concentration through elective courses and their choice of supervised field experience in a rehabilitation counseling setting. Elective courses include:

  • Rehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Rehabilitation, Transition and the Educational Setting
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Assessment of Intelligence
  • Addiction Disorders
  • Assessment of Personality

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Counseling Program

The program has received a five-year, $1 million capacity building grant from the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, which will fund up to 10 competitive scholarships for graduate students willing to commit to building their careers in a state vocational rehabilitation agency. 

Scholarships include tuition and fees, books and financial support to attend professional conferences. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients are obligated to complete two years of employment in a state or federal vocational rehabilitation system for each academic year of scholarship support.

You are encouraged to attend regional and national conferences and eventually to become student members of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) or the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA). Student membership in these organizations offers opportunities for educational and professional development and leadership opportunities for students to develop as a professional rehabilitation counselor.

With faculty support and mentorship, students may seek internships or pursue research projects designed to help them ultimately achieve their professional certification credentials as a CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor).

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Career Pathways and Prospects

After a decade of active combat, with many soldiers suffering physical or psychological trauma on the battlefield, the need for rehabilitation counselors is higher than ever.

UDC’s $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration gives you a tremendous opportunity to not only offset the cost of your master’s degree but to guarantee employment within a state or federal vocational rehabilitation facility.

Four Year Enrollment, Retention,
Graduation Rate

MA Rehabilitation Counseling
(CORE Accredited)

Academic Year
Student Enrollment 14
Retention Rate 67%
Number of Graduates n/a
Academic Year
Student Enrollment 10
Retention Rate 71%
Number of Graduates 6
Academic Year
Student Enrollment 11
Retention Rate 100%
Number of Graduates 4
Academic Year
Student Enrollment 16
Retention Rate 100%
Number of Graduates 5

In accordance with CORE standard A.5, the University of the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Counseling Program provides information to the public on its performance including student enrollment, graduates, accreditation status, and student achievement to provide public awareness. The graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling is housed in the Division of Education, Health and Social Work.

Contact info:

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