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Master of Rehabilitation Counseling





Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.)


College of Health Sciences



Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

he population of people needing rehabilitation counseling is growing globally, but those with physical, intellectual, cognitive, mental and behavioral conditions still have much to offer society. With a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Alabama State University, you can help these individuals become integrated into society and regain their independence.

Our graduates work for public and private rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, correctional institutions, early intervention programs and more. They also work as consultants for the Social Security Administration, attorneys and insurance companies. Other graduates choose to pursue their doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a disability-related field. ASU enjoys collaborative instructional relationships with Ph.D. programs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Auburn University.

Why Study Rehabilitation Counseling at Alabama State University?

Learn from distinguished faculty and gain real-life, hands-on experience when you choose our master’s of rehabilitation counseling program, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):

  • Learn from the best:

    Our faculty members are National Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Certified Life Care Planners, Licensed Professional Counselors and Board Certified-TeleMental Health Providers. They are active at the local, state and national levels. Their research interests include sickle cell disease, aging and adult concerns, the long-term effects of COVID-19, prison reform, mental health concerns and workplace bullying.

  • Learn by doing:

    Students complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in an approved rehabilitation setting. These clinical experiences afford opportunities for you to practice the knowledge gained in the classroom and to solidify your identity as a professional rehabilitation counselor. These experiences also provide opportunities to sharpen areas of interest, network with rehabilitation counseling professionals and connect with lifelong mentors.

  • Student Life

    We encourage you to join the Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association and at least one professional association such as the National Rehabilitation Association or the American Counseling Association while enrolled in the master’s of rehabilitation counseling program at Alabama State University. These organizations host professional conferences and offer opportunities for professional networking. The Rehabilitation Studies Department at Alabama State University introduced its Webinar & Conference Series in the fall of 2019. We have offered the following professional development events since the series’ inception:

    • September 2019 –1st Annual National Addictions Professional Day Conference
    • July 29, 2020 –Ethical Considerations in Managing & Preventing Burnout
    • September 18, 2020 –2nd Annual National Addictions Professional Day Conference
    • February 27, 2021 –Ethical Considerations in Managing & Preventing Burnout
    • March 31, 2021 –Preventing Pandemic Fatigue in Helping Professionals
    • September 17, 2021 –3rd Annual National Addictions Professional Day Conference
    • November 3, 2021 – Tackling Racism — A Public Health Crisis: Black Lives Matter
    • Tentative Topics for the Academic Year 2022–2023: Fall 2022 – An In-depth Look at Learning Disabilities
    • 4th Annual National Addictions Professional Day Conference
    • Spring 2023 – Disability Management from an Interprofessional Perspective

Explore Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Courses at ASU

Through coursework, you will learn about disability, law and ethics, research methods and more. Classroom training will culminate with a practicum and then an internship to prepare you for this rewarding field. The course descriptions for a few of our pivotal courses are listed below:

Medical Aspects of Disability:

In this course, you will research and present on a medical, developmental or learning disability and its etiology, symptom(s) and at-risk populations. You may choose from one of the following conditions: fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, traumatic brain injury, systemic lupus erythematosus, Graves’ disease/hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, sleep apnea, glaucoma, sickle cell disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, stiff person syndrome, sarcoidosis, learning disabilities or autism (adults).

Legal & Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling:

In this course, you will identify a professional in rehabilitation counseling or your own professional practice area and interview them about the types of ethical issues they find to be prominent in their work, as well as the ethical practices to which they adhere.

Research Methods:

This course will give you the chance to work on a group project for a research proposal that will be submitted as a poster presentation for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability:

Students like you will develop your own care plan based on the movie “My Flesh and Blood” as a case study. This course will teach you to consider all psychosocial aspects of disability and illness when developing and administering care plans.

Job Development & Placement:

Students learn how to conduct transferable skills analysis and how to identify jobs that match workers with disabilities capabilities and functional restrictions.


What Can You Do with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Degree?

Upon completion of the master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program at Alabama State University, more than 80% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation. We prepare students like you to:

  • Work directly with clients in settings such as state, federal and private rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions and early intervention programs.
  • Work as consultants for the Social Security Administration, attorneys and insurance companies.
  • Pursue a doctorate degree in a disability-related field.

The median salary for rehabilitation counselors is nearly $40,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Program Callouts


The 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio offers you a personalized education


More than 80% of our graduates are employed in the rehabilitation field within six months of graduation


The number of years it takes to complete our program


Alabama State University’s ranking among HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report

What Our Rehabilitation Counseling Alumni Say


The MRC program has shaped me into the rehabilitation professional that I am today…. The MRC program faculty prepared me for the world of work and assisted me in understanding that if you want to succeed in your area of profession, you have to be willing to do the work both in and outside of the classroom. I am forever grateful for this Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program.

Yvette H.
’20, Master of Rehabilitation Counseling

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