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Admission and Application

As a student in Counseling and Rehabilitation, you will learn specialized knowledge and skills related to core competencies for professional counselors and specialized knowledge firmly rooted in recovery and rehabilitation principles.

Why USC?

Our graduates have the ability to provide effective services to support people with physical, mental, developmental, and cognitive disabilities, addiction, as well as those experiencing social and work or career related challenges to live the lives of their choosing.

Admissions Requirements

Submitted materials, academic background and performance, work and volunteer experience and personal interview findings are all considered in the admissions process. 

  • Bachelor's degree
  • TOEFL scores (for international students)
  • Two professional or academic references
  • Statement of intent that address why you want to pursue a career in rehabilitation counseling, relevant experience and plans for completing the program requirements
  • Please contact our office for more information or questions regarding admission

Our Application

Our application is available year round and we accept students to begin our program in both the Fall and Spring semesters each year.

How to Apply

You can apply online at the USC Graduate School. Once they receive all your application materials, they'll forward it to us and we'll begin reviewing. We review applications all year. 

After reviewing each application, our office will contact potential students for an interview.

How we Rank Applicants

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Relevant experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Personal attributes we learn about you through the interview process

When You'll Be Notified

You will be notified 2-3 weeks after we complete the interview process. 

Attributes of a Non-Degree Seeking Student

In certain cases, you will be allowed to enter the program as a non-degree seeking student. 

  • Qualified employees of supporting agencies (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation and Department of Mental Health), who are upgrading their skills under agency sponsorship or recommendation.
  • Persons who are licensed/certified counselors pursuing continuing education credits to maintain their credentials.
  • Master’s program applicants whose academic qualifications fall below the expected level but possess the outstanding qualifications that indicate potential to make a unique contribution to the field. Eligibility will be determined only after the application review process has been completed. Admission under non-degree status will be granted for one semester of full-time (9-12 credit hours) with program coursework approved by the faculty. If the student obtains a B grade or higher in all required courses, he or she will be recommended for degree program admission.

Application for Non-Degree Seeking Students.

There is a separate application on the USC Graduate School for non-degree seeking students.

If we decline your application, you can request that your application be reconsidered for admission or considered for admission to another graduate program without resubmitting your credentials. You will need to submit a completed Request for Change of Status form, which can be found on the USC Graduate School website and a $15 fee. 


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