Program Information



 This program is designed to educate an individual to become a professional counselor with sound knowledge and skills to work with persons with disabilities, such as physical, psychological, substance abuse, developmental, behavioral and cognitive. The rehabilitation counselor is committed to assist the individual with special needs and talents to achieve equal access, inclusion in society, meaningful work and independent living with quality of life. The rehabilitation counselor believes that individuals with disability represent a major resource for the betterment of society.



The Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program has ten objectives:

  • To provide a solid understanding of the principles, philosophies, history, policies, laws, practices, and ethics related to rehabilitation counseling.
  • To present knowledge of a range of disabilities including physical, psychiatric, substance abuse, developmental, behavioral and cognitive, with particular attention to psychosocial aspects and functional capacities.
  • To develop in the student sound knowledge of the dynamics of personality development and theories of counseling, as well as practical counseling skills.
  • To challenge the student to examine personal values and to appreciate a multicultural perspective to counseling.
  • To provide education for effective case management and disability management.
  • To achieve within the student an appreciation and knowledge of vocational and career development theory.
  • To obtain an understanding of the methods and tests available for evaluation and the relation of such to a comprehensive assessment of the individual.
  • To develop, in the student, skills in job analysis, marketing, job development, job placement and supported employment options.
  • To acquaint the student with research methodology and research in rehabilitation for the purpose of becoming intelligent consumers of research.
  • To develop sound professional counselors committed to life long learning.

Professional/Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings such as state rehabilitation agencies, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, substance abuse programs, schools, universities, colleges, criminal justice programs, community agencies, mental health clinics, independent living centers, nursing homes, group homes, insurance companies, and private industry including employee assistance programs and private practice.

Rehabilitation Counseling Concentrations

For information about rehabilitation counseling concentrations, visit this page.

Professional Accreditation

The Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through the end of academic year 2020/2021. CORE is located at 1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (telephone number 847-944-1345). Students are admitted into the program during the fall, spring, and summer
photo2semesters. Program evaluation is conducted each semester using numerous procedures to assess student outcomes.
There are four full-time faculty, two are tenured and two are on the tenure track. Over the past three academic years 58 students were enrolled in the program. Over the same time period 53 students graduated and the overall retention rate was 91.3%. Most students complete the program in 5-8 semesters and the average cost of the program is $33,600. The university has numerous scholarships that are available to students and the program has one scholarship specifically for rehabilitation counseling students. The employment rate for graduating students at six months is 83.3%. Students find employment with state vocational rehabilitation, non-for-profit community agencies, private for profit rehabilitation agencies, and the federal government. Graduates from Maryville’s Rehabilitation Counseling program are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam and the National Counselor Exam (the licensure exam for Missouri). All graduates successfully complete a comprehensive oral exam and the pass rate for students taking the certified rehabilitation counselor exam is 78%. For more information on Maryville’s enrollment and graduation numbers please see Maryville’s Planning Reference Guide.

University Accreditation

Maryville University of Saint Louis is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. You can contact them by calling 800.621.7440.

Program and College Accreditation

The program is accredited by:

Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc.
1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
Schaumburg  IL  60173


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