Counseling and Rehabilitation, M.A.
Submitted materials, academic background and performance, work and volunteer experience, and personal interview findings are all considered in the admissions process. We consider the following information before inviting candidates for a personal interview:
- Bachelor’s degree GPA
- GRE or MAT scores
- TOEFL scores (for international students)
- Two letters of reference
- Statement of intent that addresses why you want to pursue a career in rehabilitation counseling, relevant experience and plans for completing the program requirements
In making admissions decisions, we consider all factors listed above, as well as each applicant’s potential for forming effective counseling relationships.
How to Apply
Prospective students apply online through the USC Graduate School. The program reviews admissions throughout the year and new students may begin their studies in Fall or in Spring semester. For additional information, please contact the Student Services Coordinator at 803-434-4296. You may also visit the program website.
Minimum Degree Requirements (60 Hours)
Students complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of required coursework. Key content areas of study include professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, social and multicultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, counseling and helping relationships, group counseling and group work, assessment and testing, and research and program evaluation. Required coursework in clinical rehabilitation counseling, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, rehabilitation assessment, the world of work, psychopathology, assessment of mental disorders, addictions counseling and rehabilitation, and professional issues in clinical rehabilitation is also included.
As part of the 60 credit hours, students complete a 150 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship in approved community agencies. Students must receive a passing grade on the pre-practicum assessment before advancing to practicum.
Students may individualize their professional preparation by electing to participate in student organizations at the university, state, and national levels and by working with faculty members on rehabilitation research projects.
Students must receive a passing grade on the comprehensive assessment project in the semester in which they intend to graduate.
The 60-credit hour curriculum includes thirteen (13) required courses, three (3) clinical rehabilitation specialization courses, a practicum, an internship, and one (1) elective.
Required Courses (39 Hours)
|EDCE 510||Introduction to Counseling||3|
|RCON 605||Culture and Disability||3|
|EDPY 705||Human Growth and Development||3|
|RCON 725||Career Counseling Theories and the World of Work||3|
|RCON 601||Helping Relationships: Fundamentals of Counseling Practice||3|
|RCON 711||Rehabilitation Counseling Theories and Practice||3|
|RCON 720||Group Counseling in Rehabilitation Settings||3|
|RCON 714||Rehabilitation Assessment||3|
|RCON 702||Introduction to Rehabilitation Research and Program Evaluation||3|
|RCON 704||Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling and Helping Relationships||3|
|NPSY 757||Psychopathology for Counselors||3|
|NPSY 758||Classification and Assessment of Mental Disorders||3|
|NPSY 760||Addictions Rehabilitation||3|
|Total Credit Hours||39|
Specialization Courses (9 Hours)
|RCON 700||Foundations of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling||3|
|RCON 733||Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability||3|
|RCON 734||Professional Issues in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling||3|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
Field Experiences (9 Hours)
|RCON 880||Counseling Practicum in Clinical Rehabilitation||3|
|RCON 883||Internship in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling||6|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
Electives (3 Hours)
A partial list of electives includes the following:
|RHAB 540||Assistive and Adaptive Technology||3|
|RHAB 752||Disability and Sexuality||3|
|RHAB 753||Rehabilitation and Severe Disability||3|
|NPSY 761||Dual Diagnosis||3|