Master's in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Embrace and change the (e)quality of life for others

Clinical rehabilitation counseling (CRC) is a specialized counseling profession for those whose career goals involve enhancing quality of life and promoting equality of opportunity for, and with individuals who experience emotional and physical disabilities.



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Learning Outcomes

The clinical rehabilitation counseling (CRC) master’s degree program at Marquette University will help you acquire the skills to work with individuals to optimize their independence and employability while coping with personal, social, educational and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, traumatic injury, psychiatric distress, addictions or the stress of daily life.

In addition to rigorous classroom learning, we guide every student in finding the clinical placement that will be most meaningful for them. We challenge students to think critically about the cultural context of their approach, to seek opportunities to serve the underserved, and to do what it takes to Be The Difference.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), nearly 1 out of every 5 Americans report having disability, with a majority of those individuals having a disability that is categorized as severe. Jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow by 20 percent between 2012 and 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Typical employment sites include, but are not limited to:

• State and Federal Agencies (Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran Affairs, Corrections)

• Community-Based Rehabilitation Facilities

• University, Vocational and Technical Colleges: Disability Services

• Rehabilitation Hospitals and Private Sector Rehabilitation/Disability Management

• Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (Universal Design Architecture)

• Other Public Administration Services (i.e. Religious Organizations or Social Advocacy Organizations)


Graduates with specialized training often go into the medical, psychological and psychosocial aspects of disability. Today there are 13,000 or more Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs) serving an estimated 49 million persons with disabilities. 

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Transition Specialist
  • Family and Marriage Counselor
  • Forensic Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Life Care Planning Specialist
  • Job Placement Specialist
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Vocational Evaluator



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Ready to learn more about Marquette University's clinical mental health counseling master's program? 

Program Recruiter

Mary Wacker

phone: (414) 288-0327


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Application Deadline

February 1 for the following fall term.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • After all applications are reviewed, the highest ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview with the faculty. This is required for admission. International applicants residing in foreign countries and applicants with extenuating circumstances may conduct their interviews over the phone. 

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Most of the scholarships and assistantships that we offer go to doctoral students, but occasionally there are assistantships given to master's students. We will not know the number of assistantships available to next year's students until our admissions offers are sent out during the middle of the spring semester.

Master's students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K–12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area; and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette.

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.