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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Rehabilitation PhD


PhD Requirements

Applicants for admission are considered for fall term only. Applications for the next academic year are accepted through December 1st. In order to be admitted, candidates must be reviewed favorably by the program faculty, the Department Admissions Committee, and the Graduate School. Candidates are reviewed according to:

  • Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages
  • Relevance of previous academic study
  • Professional employment history
  • Rationale for doctoral study
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three from former professors and supervisors)
  • Results of the GRE
  • A personal interview

The faculty are particularly interested in the recruitment of qualified students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.

Additional Requirements

Doctoral applicants to the Rehabilitation Counseling area of specialization are expected to have completed a master's degree from a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program. They will be encouraged to enroll in new course content areas that were not addressed in their master's training (e.g., Habilitation Strategies, Substance Abuse). Applicants with a master's degree in counseling, psychology, or other human service field are required to consult with his/her advisor regarding master's level courses specific to rehabilitation counseling that may need to be completed in addition to the usual doctoral studies.

Application information and materials can be found at the CEPSE Department’s application page.