What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.

The Georgia State clinical rehabilitation counseling program is an on-campus learning experience that prepares students to help people with cognitive, physical, sensory, psychiatric and other disabilities from all cultures, races and backgrounds.

Rehabilitation counselors assist people with disabilities to become more independent, increase their access to education and employment and ensure they are respected members of society.

This program was accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs through October 31, 2027.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Highlights

The clinical rehabilitation counseling program has received two federal grants to support students. These grants provide full in-state tuition (some out-of-state tuition waivers are available) and stipends for students committed to working with people with mental illness/psychiatric disorders and other disabilities. To apply, indicate your interest in the RSA Scholars program in your application essay and explain why you would be a good candidate for one of these scholarships.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the clinical rehabilitation counseling program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Goals statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three letters of recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official transcript: Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Licensure/Certification Education Requirements by State

Program of Study

Professional Studies (6)
Required (6):

  • CPS 7340 Social/Cultural Issues in Counseling and Psychological Services (3)
  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)

Major (42)
Required (42):

  • CPS 6010 Introduction to Professional Counselor Identity, Practice, and Ethics (3)
  • CPS 6410 Basic Counseling Skills (3)
  • CPS 6450 Group Counseling Systems (3)
  • CPS 7260 Counseling Systems and Interventions (3)
  • CPS 7300 Career Theory, Assessment, and Intervention (3)
  • CPS 7450 Educational and Psychological Appraisal (3)
  • CPS 7500 Individual and Family Over the Life Span (3)
  • CPS 8100 Psychobehavioral Diagnosis (3)
  • CPS 8320 Rehabilitation Counseling Placement and Case Management (3)
  • CPS 8380 Family Systems and Interventions (3)
  • CPS 8410 Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability I (3)
  • CPS 8430 Advanced Counseling Skills (3) or another appropriate course may be substituted with the approval of the student’s advisor/program coordinator
  • CPS 8460 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Addiction (3)
  • CPS 8470 Crisis Intervention (3)

Applied Practice Sequence (9)
Required (9):

  • CPS 7663 Applied Practice I: Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
  • CPS 7683 Internship: Rehabilitation Counseling (6)

Elective (3)
A list of approved electives for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree is available in each student’s handbook.

Program total: minimum of 60 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, including assistantships and fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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The clinical rehabilitation counseling program trains students in the basic and advanced counseling, advocacy and technical skills they need to assist people with disabilities. Students complete 700 hours of supervised fieldwork experience in a wide range of agencies and settings throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Graduates of our program are eligible to become certified rehabilitation counselors. In addition, they meet the educational requirements necessary to become licensed professional counselors in Georgia. Our students have a 73 percent pass rate on the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling certification exam, well above the national average.

Read the 2021 Salary Report.

All of our graduates that are seeking employment receive placement and work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Center for Leadership in Disability
  • Clinic for Education, Treatment and Prevention of Addiction, Inc.
  • Counselor Tools For Life
  • Associated Counseling and Evaluation Services
  • Breakthrough House
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Cobb County Community Services Board
  • Cobb/Douglas County Community Services Board
  • Community Alliance
  • Community Friendship
  • Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Atlanta
  • DeKalb Community Services Board
  • Family Insight
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Grady Hospital
  • Hartford Insurance Company
  • Hirsch Academy
  • Intown Psychological Services
  • Associate Professional Counselor Jewish Vocational Service
  • Renaissance Counseling Services
  • Shepherd Center


Program Coordinator
Franco Dispenza, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Counseling and Psychological Services
[email protected]

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 950
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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