Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, MS

Since 1965, The University of Scranton has been preparing students to work in the wide field of rehabilitation counseling.

For over 50 years, we have been working to educate and train students for careers in a variety of counseling settings. Our primary goal is to acquire and apply the specialized knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals.

In 2017, the program went through a curricular revision process to keep up with changes in the field and move to a 60 credit program.

Testimonials - Read about our recent graduates

"The rehabilitation counseling program challenged me to grow both professionally and personally, which allowed me to become a more authentic and reflective counselor. The program has given me the tools to feel confident going into the community to support individuals with disabilities throughout the rehabilitation process vocationally, and also holistically."  - Mara Wolfe, G'18

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Program Specific Admission Requirements

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Students falling below a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may be required to submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination. 

Personal interviews with program faculty members prior to acceptance are required. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling applicants participate in a group interview. All interviews are scheduled by program faculty shortly after the application deadline. Program Directors review applications and pay particular attention to each applicant’s ability to address program specific professional goals and professional identity in the statement of intentions.

For general application requirements, please Visit Our Admissions Webpage.


Beginning in the fall of 2019, the program moved to a 60-credit curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree. Our program curriculum includes: Foundations of Professional Counseling courses (39 credits), Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling courses (18 credits) and one Elective course (3 credits). This includes a three credit practicum (100 hours of supervised counseling experience at our on-campus David W. Hall Counselor Training Center) and six credits of internship (600 hours of supervised field experience within a community placement). 

For specific course information, please review the Rehabilitation Counseling Program Manual.

For additional information on the curriculum, visit the Loading... Catalog.

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    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report ranked The University of Scranton’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program among the top third of all programs in the nation.

    Reduced Tuition

    At $757 per credit, the tuition cost for our Counseling programs is among the most competitive in PA and for regionally accredited universities.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Mission Statement of Rehabilitation Counseling Program

    The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares students for careers in a variety of counseling settings with the primary goal of acquiring and applying the specialized knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to effectively assist and support individuals with disabilities throughout the rehabilitation process. The Rehabilitation Program works towards this goal by creating an environment which encourages a commitment to life-long learning, critical thinking, resource development, creative problem solving, the development of a professional network, and appreciation of the skills and abilities of persons with disabilities.

    The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares rehabilitation counselors and related Rehabilitation Professionals for entry into and/or advancement in counseling-related positions in public and private rehabilitation agencies, organizations, and systems.

    The program offers a learning environment in which the student can acquire the academic competencies of the profession and refine them through supervised practical experience. The program also provides a facilitative process through which the student can increase self-understanding, self-confidence and personal effectiveness.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Counselor Training Center

    Students work with clients from the University and local community, completing at least 40 hours of direct practicum experience.

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    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistants receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Graduate Honor Societies

    Eligible students can join Chi Delta Rho, the local chapter of the International Honor Society of Counseling.

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    Already have a Master's degree?

    We offer a post-master's certificate program designed to meet the educational requirements for a licensed professional counselor

    Graduate Outcomes

    Job Placement Rate of the Class of 2020

    100% of the Rehabilitation Counseling student graduates from 2019-2020 are employed.

    Average National Starting Salary for RC Graduates

    A national survey by the ACA reported an average national salary of $52,000.

    Career Opportunities

    Public vocational rehabilitation, community rehab. agencies, university settings, drug & alcohol counseling, behavioral health, corrections, and many more.


    The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Hence, a graduate of our program meets the educational requirements for being a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Additionally, graduates are eligible to sit for the national qualifying examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Students are encouraged to apply to take the examination in the final semester of study. Students who pass the examination are certified upon submitting evidence of successful completion of the degree and internship. 

    The Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited through 2022. We are currently in the process of accreditation for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program. 

    Combined/Accelerated Degree Option

    Undergraduate Human Services majors with outstanding academic records may be eligible for early admission to the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program through the Accelerated Baccalaureate/Master's Degree Program. (Other relevant majors may also be considered for admission.)

    Interested students must commit to this program no later than the end of their junior year of academic study, adhere to the time frame for application as outlined in the Graduate Course Catalog, and meet specific admissions criteria. Visit the Accelerated BS/MS Degree website for more information.

    Meet the Program Director

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    Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., C.R.C., C.P.R.P.

    Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program Director


    Ph.D., Syracuse University M.S., Syracuse University B.A., Quinnipiac University


    (570) 941- 7819

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