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Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S.

Jan. 9, 2023

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Help People Reach Their Full Potential

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students to help people overcome, physical disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and mental illnesses enabling them to become more productive members of society. The scope of practice for graduates of this degree is expansive, covering a wide spectrum of work with people who have disabilities. The degree requires 63 credit hours for completion. This is a low-residency program, requiring two site visits to campus. The remainder of the program is completed online.

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January 9, 2023

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling

Program Details

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The online Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is unique in its ability to provide dual specializations under the umbrella of one program of study. Students participate in coursework in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling.

One of only 23 such programs in the country, this combination gives graduates the knowledge and skills to operate in a variety of counseling settings, including mental health centers and practices, physical and vocational rehabilitation agencies and companies, hospitals, in the field of addiction counseling and wellness programming, among others. Many of our graduates work in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as vocational rehabilitation counselors or mental health counselors.

Most importantly, the education provides excellent background for working in the world of integrative healthcare. Graduates can provide a comprehensive counseling approach for people in recovery from traumatic injuries, neurological events or disorders, mental health disorders, and chronic health conditions, to include addictions. They are also prepared to provide assistance to those with developmental disabilities and ageing related health conditions.

This may include counseling or related interventions in mental health, lifestyle, social connection and finding work and purpose as part of habilitation, rehabilitation or recovery. All of their efforts address the process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on both their academic readiness and professional readiness to be successful in the program. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with a 2.8 grade point average from an accredited institution. The best prepared are those with coursework in the human relations field.


Prospective students are encouraged to contact before making formal application.

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Three letters of reference; The Graduate School Application process includes forms that are emailed to your references.
  • Submit the Supplemental Program Application.
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • A Personal Statement as outlined in the departmental application
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores for International Students
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    or electronically sent to:
  • Students may start in fall or spring of each year. The Application deadline is October 1 for Spring 2023 and March 15 for Fall 2023.

The objective data (undergraduate major, grade point average, Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test, work experience, letters of recommendation, and quality of application) are given weightings. These scores are used to select applicants for interviews. Final selection is made following structured personal interviews which assess the applicant’s knowledge of rehabilitation, goals, motivation to pursue a degree, interpersonal skills, and intellectual ability.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S. requires 63 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.

Total Degree Cost

$41,265 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $655
3 $1,965
6 $3,930
9 $5,895

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Mental Health Counselor
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Rehabilitation Counselor
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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