Welcome to the Rehabilitation Counseling program!

The Master of Arts program in rehabilitation and counselor education with a rehabilitation counseling subprogram requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of graduate credit. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately 20 months (four semesters). The program prepares professional counselors to provide assistance with psychological wellness through flexible, consumer-oriented therapy to individuals experiencing various problems in living, including mental disorders and substance abuse. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic efficient path for change and problem resolution.

Graduates of our program learn to integrate their counseling skills with the psychosocial, medical, vocational, and multicultural aspects of disability. They develop ethically sound case management skills that allow them to provide services that address employment, including career development and placement, independent living, including disability management, transition and vocational assessment and community integration.

Fall Application Deadline

  • March 4 (priority). April 1, 2022 (final).
  • Invitees will attend one of two interview days in April. Final decision made by April 29, 2022.

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. NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle only. Please note that the GRE is not required for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships within the College of Education, nor is it required for Graduate College fellowships. The GRE is a requirement for Special Graduate Assistantships (SGAs) offered through the Iowa Measurement and Research Foundation.
  • 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
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle only. 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
  • Current Resume
  • 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.


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!

The M.A. program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

FileDownload M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling program requirements.

Employment Opportunities

The M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares professional counselors to assist persons with psychiatric disabilities with their psychological wellness, employment, independent living, and personal or economic development. The following list are some examples of potential employment opportunities:

  • State Rehabilitation Agencies (DVR, DBS)
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Hospitals (Rehabilitation, VA, Psychiatric)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • K-12 Schools with Transition Programs
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Insurance Companies
  • Private Agencies or Practice
Fall Application Deadlines
  • March 4 (priority). April 1, 2022 (final).

  • Invitees will attend one of two interview days in April. Final decision made by April 29, 2022.

Application Questions?

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services