The M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling  takes four semesters of full-time study to complete. Graduates qualify for national certification through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC; Rehabilitation Counseling track) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC; Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling tracks). Additionally, students specifically prepare for mental health counselor licensure (Clinical Mental Health Counseling track) or drug/alcohol counselor certification (Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling tracks) that are relevant to their future practices.

Application Deadline

  • March 1 (Fall session)

Applications for full-time study are accepted continually for Fall session entry.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • A personal interview (in person or by telephone) with the faculty

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose, including a statement of your personal career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Contacts

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Our Master's program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Professions (CACREP) and provides an exciting array of community and clinical experiences to prepare clinically skilled, knowledgeable and committed rehabilitation and mental health counselors. Master's graduates obtain an excellent education in rehabilitation counseling that will qualify them for national certification through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). In addition, students specifically prepare for mental health counselor licensure or drug/alcohol counselor certification that are relevant to their future practices.

The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling prepares professional counselors to coordinate resources and to provide assistance in employment, independent living, and personal or economic development to persons with disabilities and other individuals who encounter barriers in meeting their functional needs. It also prepares counselors as mental health counselors to obtain licensure as professionals who provide services in community mental health settings.

Course Delivery

The M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Full-time students can complete the program in two academic years (four semesters plus two summer sessions, approximately 21 months).

Preparation for Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor

The M.A. program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as a Rehabilitation Counseling Program and by the Council on Accreditation on Counseling and Related Professions (CACREP) as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Master's graduates are eligible for certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and the National Board on Counselor Certification (NBCC) upon completion of an approved internship and satisfactory performance on the certification examination. In addition, this CACREP accredited coursework meets the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in Iowa. Each state in the United States maintains its own requirements for licensure. Although they are all similar, and the UI Program usually meets these academic requirements, it is recommended that you check the licensure requirements in the state in which you plan to practice.

The American Counseling Association web site provides contact information on state counselor licensure boards. Information about Iowa licensure for mental health counselors is available through the web site for the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences. After completing the Master’s program, graduates must typically complete post-graduate supervised practice hours and an examination prior to being licensed.

Courses and Concentration Requirements

The master's degree program provides a systematically planned curriculum that blends academic work with supervised clinical experiences. As a part of the training curricula, students complete course work in the nature of psychiatric disorders, diagnosis, and treatment planning, intervention, and outcome evaluation. Please click on this link to view the recommended classes and sessions in the M.A. Program Plan of Study. Please use when meeting with your advisor.

Required Courses

Department Requirements

  • RCE:4162 Introduction to Couple & Family Therapy -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5202 Introduction to Group Counseling -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5221 Theories of Counseling and Human Development Across the Life Span -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5250 Multiculturalism in Helping Professions (or equivalent) -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5270 Issues and Ethics in Counseling -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6500 Research Methods in Counseling -3 s.h.

Clinical practice (see "Clinical Practice," below)   16 s.h.

Program Requirements

  • RCE:5210 Rehabilitation Client Assessment -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5241 Introduction to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Case Management -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5247 Medical Aspects of Disability -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5248 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Rehabilitation -3 s.h.
  • RCE:5249 Psychiatric Disorders and Interventions -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6341 Job Development, Placement, and Follow-Up -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6342 Psychosocial and Developmental Aspects -3 s.h.

Required Clinical Work

All of these:

  • RCE:6348 Prepracticum in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Case Management -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6349 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and Case Management -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6350 Internship in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling I -3 s.h.
  • RCE:6352 Internship in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling II -9-12 s.h.

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to the three-hour departmental comprehensive examination, another three-hour written examination on the process and practice of rehabilitation and mental health counseling is required. Exams are offered only during fall and spring semesters.

Employment Opportunities

The M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling prepares professional counselors to assist persons with physical, sensory, psychiatric, and intellectual disabilities — psychiatric disabilities in particular — and mental health conditions by coordinating resources and providing services in:

  • Psychological wellness
  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Personal or economic development
  • Community mental health settings
  • Transistion and post-secondary education
Application Deadlines
  • March 1 (Fall session)

Applications for full-time study are accepted continually for Fall session entry.

Application Questions?

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services
319-335-5260
sue-cline@uiowa.edu.