Application Deadline: Priority of February 1; Applications will be considered after the deadline as space permits.
Time to Complete: 21 months
Full Time?: Yes | Online Options?: No
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.
Months to Complete
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.
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.
Dr. Lee Za Ong, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology in the College of Education at Marquette University, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for her project,“Increasing the Supply and Improving the Skills of Qualified Rehabilitation Counselors with Mental Illness Specialties in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin. The RSA grant provides 50% of the tuition (30 credits out of 60 credits), 6 credits per semester for five full-time students over the course of five academic periods (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring).
Learn more about this opportunity on the RSA Scholarship tab below.
February 1 for the following fall term. Applications complete by February 1 will be contacted for interviews and will receive priority consideration for RSA grant funding. Admission will continue on a rolling basis as space permits after the deadline.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
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.
The RSA grant provides 50% of the tuition (30 credits out of 60 credits), 6 credits per semester for full-time students over the course of five academic periods (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring). Each semester, applicants and current students in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization are notified by the CECP department of the scholarship application process.
The purpose of the RSA scholarship is to increase the supply of qualified professionals to work for state VR agencies (i.e., the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or the comparable agencies in other states) or other agencies and programs that cooperate with state VR agencies in serving their clientele. The scholarship is structured as a forgivable loan and requires a commitment to work in VR or their contracting agencies after graduation for one year in exchange for each semester of scholarship received.
The RSA grant is available through 2024. Five students per year are eligible and must be admitted to CECP prior to being accepted. Once accepted into the program, students can apply for the RSA scholarship and declare their specialization as clinical rehabilitation counseling.
Applications complete by February 1 will be contacted for interviews and will receive priority consideration for funding. Admission will continue on a rolling basis as space permits after the deadline.