Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling


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.

Admissions 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. Students must take the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test.


The CRMHC program was accredited as a dual specialty program in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in July 2017 until 2024.

Certifications help with career prospects, establish standards for the profession, and create opportunities for professional development. There are a couple of national certifications our students consider. Students in their last semester are eligible to sit for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Others include the certification provided by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and/or they sit for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. Depending on the state, one or all of these may qualify for the examination portion of licensure as a professional counselor. For more information, check with your state licensing board.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling requires 63 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $628
3 $1,884
6 $3,768
9 $5,652

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.

WVU offers a Comprehensive System for Personnel Development (CSPD) scholarship funded by the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide tuition and stipend assistance to eligible students in our program. Applicants are required to currently be working in a vocational rehabilitation (VR) state/federal agency and have the career goal of rehabilitation counselor. Click here to learn more about the RSA Scholarship.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling?

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.

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).

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Rehabilitation Counselor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

School Guidance Counselor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Marriage and Family Therapist

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Occupational Therapist

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

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