Welcome to the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Michigan State University. Ranked as the number two rehabilitation counseling program in the United State by U.S. News & World Report, this unique, specialized program prepares counselors to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to collaborate in a professional relationship with people who have disabilities.
The employment success and diversity of our graduates attests to the mission of the program to train the highest quality professionals. Rehabilitation counselors are employed in a wide variety of settings, including:
Nonprofit rehabilitation programs
State rehabilitation programs
High schools and college settings
Independent living centers
Medical rehabilitation centers
Substance abuse treatment programs
Mental health agencies
Counselors work with individuals to achieve their personal, social, psychological, educational, and vocational goals.
Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling ———The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and provides a strong foundation in the profession and practice of rehabilitation counseling. It offers opportunities to develop expertise in a variety of areas, including counseling, the social and psychological aspects of disability, case management, career development and more. Read more...
Ph.D. Degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education ———The doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers as university-level educators and researchers in the rehabilitation counseling profession. There currently exists a critical shortage of leaders in these fields. The doctoral program addresses these contemporary needs while building on a long tradition of excellence at MSU. Read more...
Best in the nation
Michigan State University’s graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling rank No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Disability clearly is part of MSU’s mission, and not just a program here or there.
University Distinguished Professor
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Better Benefits ———Rehabilitation counselors represent the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and earn better overall benefits.
Employment Outlook ———The employment outlook has never been better for doctoral graduates, who occupy positions at major universities and notable leadership positions worldwide.
Michigan State University is committed to conducting cross-disciplinary research to improve lives. The Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (RAIND) initiative brings together students and faculty from rehabilitation counseling with others across the university to address challenges across the lifespan. This includes opportunities on a global scale through the DOCTRID Research Institute on autism and intellectual disability, a coalition of 12 Irish universities, MSU, UMass Medical School, and the Daughters of Charity Service in Dublin Ireland.
U.S. Department of Education
Michigan State University Masters of Arts Rehabilitation Counseling Program $997,754 2014-2019
University of Wisconsin Stout
Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (VRTAC-PEQA) $75,000 Michael Leahy, 2015-2016