Wilberforce University is the recipient of The HBCU Master’s Degree Program Grant. Over the next six-years, the institution will receive a grand total of $2.49 million dollars to support scholars in The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program.  The Grant is directed to eligible candidates who are interested in working with public and private rehabilitation agencies and institutions.

The Grant will help establish the Wilberforce University Graduate Assistance Fund to provide scholarships, fellowships, and internships to support students to degree completion. In addition, the Fund will allow for the renovation of the teaching and learning spaces for the Master’s Program, re-imagination of a learning innovation center for students and faculty to explore creative strategies to improve pedagogy, clinical learning training, and research.

Additionally, the Grant will establish the Faculty Innovation Fund to support and enhance professional development, scholarly presentations and publications, and collaborative research.

President Herman J. Felton Jr states,

Under the leadership of our Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard and the dedicated and hard work of our newly appointed Director of Title III, Mrs. Jacqueline Waters, they were able to submit a winning proposal. This will be a transformational gift for the University, and most notably, our Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The awarding of this Grant is further affirmation of the Wilberforce Renaissance at work and solid recognition of what can occur when a University community of principled, talented and committed individuals work on behalf of a common good. We will continue to be laser-focused in our intention to continue the legacy of excellence established in 1856 at this venerable institution. We are prepared to do the work and it is wonderful to have the resources to support our efforts to significantly enhance and strengthen our Master Program.

The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program is designed to meet the growing demand for qualified, professionally trained rehabilitation counselors. The 48-semester hour sequence of study prepares students to develop a mastery of the knowledge and skills identified by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as requisite competencies for rehabilitation counselors.

Individuals interested in The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program must submit the following documentation:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (except from WU).
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in related social services fields.
  3. A completed Graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program application.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. An Autobiographical Statement up to three pages in length, double-spaced, typed.
  6. A non-refundable application fee of $40.
  7. GRE or MAT scores.
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