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Wilberforce University currently offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified, professionally trained rehabilitation counselors to work in public and private rehabilitation agencies and institutions.

The 48-semester hour course of study prepares students to master the knowledge, skills, and competencies identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Students who successfully complete coursework are eligible for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination.

Students gain experience by completing a practicum and two internships in settings such as behavioral healthcare facilities, state rehabilitation agencies, substance abuse and transitional programs, hospitals, private practice, community rehabilitation programs, and colleges/universities.

The practicum requires 100 clock hours that average eight hours per week, with a minimum of 40 clock hours in direct contact with persons with disabilities.

The internships require a total of 600 clock hours, with a minimum of 240 clock hours in direct contact with persons with disabilities.

Students are supervised by a Rehabilitation Counseling program faculty member and an on-site supervisor.

Admission to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Program must first meet the admission requirements of the Graduate Program.

Students must apply to the School of Graduate Studies, Wilberforce University, P. O. Box 1001, 1055 N. Bickett Road., Wilberforce, OH 45384-1001, at least six weeks prior to the start of the student’s first term of enrollment.

The priority deadline for applying is April 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for Spring semester. Students must be officially accepted for admission to the School of Graduate Studies before registering for graduate courses.

Applicants must include the following documents:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except for Wilberforce University Alumni)
  • Three letters of recommendation that include completion of the application’s rating sheet
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • An autobiographical narrative, two to three pages in length, double-spaced and typed
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40
  • GRE or MAT Scores
    • Have a copy of your score report sent to our School of Graduate Studies
    • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) should have been taken within the last three years.
    • This requirement may be waived if the applicant’s cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • TOEFL (International Students) score taken within the last two years, and a notarized statement that indicates the financial support available to the applicant during his/her study at Wilberforce University

Interview and Criteria for Evaluation

An in-person interview with Faculty from the School of Graduate, Adult and Continuing Education and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling program is required for candidates prior to admission.

Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • academic performance
  • career goals
  • personal characteristics
  • writing skills
  • demonstrated leadership ability

Privacy and Security

All documents received by the School of Graduate, Adult and Continuing Education become the property of Wilberforce University. Under no circumstances will they be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any agency or other college or university.

Admission of undergraduate students to Wilberforce University requires:

  • A high school grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores

A transcript is “official” only when it is mailed directly from your high school to Wilberforce University. Transfer students must have their college transcripts on file before they can be accepted. No set score for the SAT or ACT is required, but we request scores to be submitted to the institution.

Wilberforce University welcomes transfer students from community colleges and two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Potential transfer students will need:

  • A completed Wilberforce Admissions Application.
  • An official high school transcript (if less than 30 credit hours were obtained at your previous institution).
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution, college, or university attended

Note: Transfer students are required to be in good academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and be re-admissible to their previous institutions.

Forward your application and supporting credentials to:

The Office of Admissions
Wilberforce University
P.O. Box 1001
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Admittance to the CLIMB program requires an Associate Degree or a minimum of 60 transferable semester (or 90 quarter) hours of credit from a regionally accredited college or university.

Substantial work experience, responsibilities in supervisory and/or program development are essential.

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