Rehabilitation Counseling, MS
We're proud to be ranked the #1 rehabilitation counseling program in New England by U.S. News & World Report.
Review our application checklist here. Our application deadline is Feb. 1 for summer admission. We will consider applications received after that date on a space-available basis.
Our 60-credit master's degree in rehabilitation counseling meets the academic requirements for national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Students may choose to complete their studies in person or online. They select one of two tracks: clinical rehabilitation counseling, or vocational rehabilitation counseling.
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at UMass Boston develops professionals who can advance educational access and economic and social participation for people with disabilities. This mission is accomplished by helping prepare practitioners, scholars, and leaders to promote inclusion in diverse settings and with varied populations at the local, state, national, and/or international level.
Our program prepares students to support individuals with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives. An important goal for many people with disabilities is to find fulfilling employment that matches their interests and skills.
Rehabilitation counselors help people achieve their goals by focusing on each person’s strengths and abilities, and by removing social and physical barriers.
Our graduates are trained to assess each individual and their unique circumstances. Students learn to evaluate clients' strengths, limitations, and interests, with the goal of assisting them to lead more empowered and independent lives.
Financial Aid and Costs
RSA Training Scholarships
Training scholarships are available to eligible graduate students of our Rehabilitation Counseling program. These scholarships are made available from a long-term training grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
Get updated information on tuition and fees from the Bursar's Office.
Why Does Rehabilitation Counseling Matter?
One in five Americans has some type of disability, and one in ten has a severe disability. Americans with disabilities have made huge progress toward full inclusion in society over the last few decades. However, they still face real barriers.
The unemployment rate for those with disabilities is consistently over 60 percent. Despite stating a desire to work, many individuals who have a disability or encounter other barriers to work remain unemployed.
Our program emphasizes the importance of respecting the background and cultural diversity of all people. The curriculum emphasizes adaptation, whether to environment or life conditions, as a tool for accomplishing work with others, and for supporting positive change.
Students are prepared to make significant practitioner-oriented contributions to rehabilitation counseling. Our program also prepares them for further study at the doctoral level if they so desire.
Careers for Graduates
Our graduates work in many roles, including:
- Counseling and assessment
- Transition and job placement
- Case management
- Client advocacy
Typical work settings are:
- State/federal vocational rehabilitation agencies
- Veterans Administration
- Community-based programs for people with specific disabilities, such as mental health disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, or brain injury
- Outpatient agencies
- Residential treatment facilities
- Insurance companies
Students can expect an excellent employment outlook upon graduation. In fact, of all successful program graduates in recent years, 95 percent have obtained employment in the field of rehabilitation counseling.
In addition to our rigorous course of study, this employment rate is partially due to the competitive experience our students gain through the program’s required practicum and internship components. Requirements include a 100-hour practicum at an approved placement site, as well as a 600-hour internship. Both are divided evenly over the course of two semesters.
Students may choose to complete their fieldwork placements in a setting of their choice, including local agencies--especially convenient for those who wish to study online.
Number of students
- Admitted annually: 8 to 10 students
- Currently enrolled: 29 students
Average time to complete program
- 3.5 years (part-time)
- 2 years (full-time)
Outcomes for current students and recent grads
- Grade-point average: 3.8/4.0
- 100% of our successful graduates passed their clinical coursework and capstone project.
- 95% of these students are now employed in the rehabilitation field.
Want to learn more?
- Watch a video about rehab counseling from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
- Check out this info sheet about rehab counseling, also from CRCC.