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To be admitted to the doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counselor Education, applicants must submit both the university application forms and applicable application fee. Persons are admitted to the program once a year with enrollment starting fall semester.

Admissions Deadline

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.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants are evaluated by program faculty on the basis of:

  1. A grade-point average of 3.3 or higher in master’s degree course work in rehabilitation counseling or a related field
  2. Academic aptitude for doctoral-level study
  3. Letters of personal and professional recommendation regarding the applicant’s academic capability and professional and personal qualifications
  4. Relevant post-master’s professional work experience in rehabilitation counseling
  5. Fitness for the profession, including self-awareness and emotional stability
  6. Professional goals and interests that are compatible with the mission and objectives of the program
  7. Oral and written communication skills
  8. Cultural sensitivity and awareness
  9. Potential for scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy
  10. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

During the doctoral program admissions process, applicant curricular experiences are evaluated to verify completion of coursework including (a) CACREP entry-level core curricular standards, (b) CACREP entry-level professional practice standards, and (c) CACREP entry-level curricular requirements of a specialty area so that any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with initial doctoral-level counselor education coursework.

Consideration is given to the applicant’s previous academic and professional experience. There should be in each applicant’s background a pattern of experience that supports his or her expressed desire to pursue advanced graduate studies in rehabilitation counseling. Appropriate evidence of such experience should be reflected in the applicant’s letters of recommendation.

Have questions?

Check out the FAQ’s listed on each CEPSE graduate program’s website. Also, the Program Admission Representative for each graduate program can answer questions related to the submission of your materials. Note that all admissions decisions are made by the CEPSE faculty.