Admission Requirements


Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling:

  • Application form
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and, if applicable graduate institutions attended Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for full acceptance to program. Conditional acceptance may be given to those individuals who do not meet this standard but have demonstrated exceptional strengths worthy of review.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which, if applicable, should be from a supervisor of relevant work in the field

Individuals can enter the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Upon receipt of the application, the program will notify the applicant and schedule interviews. Letters of acceptance will be sent in April for fall and summer, and in December for spring admittance.

Applicants must also perform a successful interview. The interviews will be conducted by program faculty and members of the Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Committee. The interview will include a group and individual interview, and the completion of an original writing sample based on a question from the interview committee. Applicants will be expected to discuss their professional goals, their knowledge of the field of Rehabilitation Counseling and why they should be accepted into a graduate program of study.

Health and Other Special Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to participating in required clinicals:

  • Physical Examination
  • Documentation of Immunization or Titer Immunity
    • Measles/Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular Pertusis (Tdap)
    • Polio series completed
    • Varicella titer or Varicella vaccinations
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine Series or Declination
    • Flu Vaccine annual
    • TB-Tuberculin PPD test (documented 2-step initially, then annual)
  • Health insurance (copy of card required)
  • CPR Certification
  • Urine Drug Screen (from the Maryville authorized lab)
  • Criminal Background checks from Maryville University’s authorized agency and signed release to clinical sites (possible checks include: state criminal checks, disqualification lists, sex offender lists, social security number, address and alias)
  • Fitting for a respiratory isolation device (i.e. N95 Mask) may be required by some clinical sites
  • A few hospitals in Missouri now require nicotine screenings for all new employees. Therefore it is anticipated that students may be excluded from some clinical sites based upon their use of nicotine

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