Application Requirements

Requirements for Admission

Those applying to the program must submit an online application, transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of reference, and be open to a personal interview. Bachelor’s Degree (B.A./B.S.) in related field is required. Selection of students for the program is made on the basis of their ability, experience, and commitment to the field of rehabilitation. Each year, the number of students admitted is determined to optimize the quality of courses, supervision, and advisement.

Online Program Delivery:
Applications for online program delivery are accepted every fall semester. Once a cohort of students is full, accepted students are placed on a waiting list for the next cohort to begin. Personal interviews will be conducted via phone.

Application Information

The application for the program can be found online. All sections of the application must be completed before submission electronically. The application cannot be revised after it has been submitted.

Supporting documents to be submitted for review include:

  1. A letter stating why the applicant wants to become a rehabilitation counselor.
  2. At least three (3) letters of reference regarding the applicant's previous academic work and any rehabilitation or counseling related experience (letters from faculty who have had the student in courses are preferred). On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
  3. GRE Score. This is optional and not required.
  4. Transcripts of all previous undergraduate academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  5. A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.

International students also need to provide the following pieces of information:

  • TOEFL score report (must not be more than two years old from the time you begin classes) with a minimum of 213 for a computer based test, 550 for a paper based test and 79 Internet based test (institution code: 2925); IELTS minimum score of 6.5(with no subsection score below 6.0)
  • GRE score report (no more than five years old) - UB institution code is 2925 - GRE departmental code is 4701.
  • Passport Biographical Page- A copy of the applicant’s passport biographical page is required (the page that shows the holder’s full name, date of birth, nationality, etc.) in order to prepare the U.S. immigration I-20 form based on spellings and dates in the passport.
  • All financial forms and supporting documentation must be uploaded to your application with required signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time you intend to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support. International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. Please use the standard graduate financial form at this link:
  • An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars and/or letters of support.

Former/Maiden Name: Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

For questions regarding the application process applicants must contact:

Ms. Veronica Kase
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937

Ordinarily those applicants who meet the minimum requirements are interviewed in person by a faculty member. For out of town applicants for whom travel to Buffalo is not feasible, other interview arrangements may be made, such as a telephone interview. Students are selected for the program on the basis of their ability, experience, and commitment to rehabilitation, with a preference for a related-undergraduate degree.

Each year, the optimal number of students is determined to maximize the quality of courses, supervision and advisement. The average number of admissions per year is ten, which results in a small, but high quality student population.

Affirmative Action

The program is committed to seeking and supporting the efforts of qualified individuals with disabilities or who are minorities wishing to enter the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. No person, in whatever relationship with the University at Buffalo - SUNY, shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of age, belief, color, disability, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, or military veteran status.

Financial Aid

Limited traineeship support for rehabilitation counseling students has been available in the past through a grant to the rehabilitation counseling program from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. We hope to secure such aid in the future, but currently (due to federal cutback of funds supporting such programs) it is unlikely that traineeships will be available to incoming students. Other sources of support and student loans, however, may be available through the University Office of Financial Aid (; 716-645-8232).