The curriculum for the M.S. in rehabilitation counseling usually involves four semesters of full time study. Some of the courses required of rehabilitation counseling students are also required for other students in the department. This constitutes a professional counseling "core". Other courses emphasize theoretical issues and practical techniques specific to rehabilitation counseling.

Required Courses

Fall Year 1

  • CEP 532 - Understanding Statistical Research - 3 credits
  • CEP 596 - Field Work and Counseling Techniques (RC section) - 3 credits
  • CEP 649 - Rehabilitation Foundations - 3 credits
  • CEP 653 - Foundations of Counseling Theory - 3 credits

Spring Year 1

  • CEP 503 - Tests and Measurement - 3 credits
  • CEP 597 - RC Counseling Practicum (150 contact hours) - 4 credits
  • CEP 658 - Introduction to Group Work - 4 credits
  • CEP 661 - Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability - 3 credits

Fall Year 2

  • CEP 680 - Career Development - 3 credits
  • CEP 683 - Vocational Placement Process - 3 credits
  • CEP 600 - RC Internship (300 contact hours) - 6 credits
  • CEP 700** - (optional) (Master’s Thesis/Master’s Project) - 1 credit**

Spring Year 2

  • CEP 600 - RC Internship (300 contact hours) - 6 credits
  • CEP XXX - (Elective, must be approved by advisor) - 3 credits
  • CEP XXX - (Elective or Master’s Thesis/Master’s Project, electives must be approved by advisor) - 1-3 credits


In addition to the 44 hours of required credits, students must take at least 4 credit hours of electives to total a minimum of 48 credit hours. Most students, complete the program with 50 credit hours of work or more. Electives may be chosen from courses offered in or outside of the department – courses taken outside the department should be approved by the student’s advisor. Course schedules should be planned in consultation with the academic advisor. Consult the GSE webpage for a brief description of all department and GSE course offerings.

Dual Majors

In some instances, Rehabilitation Counseling students may wish to add a second, related degree (e.g., Mental Health or School Counseling). Students who decide to complete dual degrees (i.e., receive two masters degrees from the department) should declare their intent to do so in their first semester. The full Graduate School policy on dual degrees may be found at the Graduate School Webpage:

The Department’s general policy is that students must be formally admitted to each degree and/or certificate program. Only when students are matriculated are they eligible for courses to count toward the degree or certification. For more information on this policy refer to the Student Handbook.


The Center on Rehabilitation Synergy (CRS) is a multifaceted organization serving rehabilitation professionals, teachers, family members, and employers requesting assistance. Areas of expertise and services range from transitioning from school to careers, supported employment, specialized counseling techniques and staff development. Being part of the Rehabilitation Counseling program since 1974, the Centers’ current projects include the Vocational Rehabilitation – Training, Education, and Development (VR-TED) project. This is a five year, 1.9 million dollar contract with the New York State Education Department/Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). Through this contract, VR-TED staff provide extensive continuing educational training and technical assistance to nearly 1,000 New York State senior rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and rehabilitation staff members. Additionally, the CRS has a contract with the U.S. Virgin Islands Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services to provide technical assistance and training on supported employment, team building, and clinical supervision. Focusing on current trends and updated information the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy provides CRC hours needed to maintain certification. You may receive training from the Center in some of your classes. Dr. David Burganowski is the director of the Center on Rehabilitation Synergy.