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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Counselor Education



What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy program in rehabilitation counselor education requires a minimum of 90 s.h. of graduate credit. The program prepares professionals for leadership roles in rehabilitation counselor education, research, administration, and service delivery systems. It provides rehabilitation counselors the opportunity to master knowledge; clinical, teaching, and supervisory skills; and research competencies at the most advanced levels.

Ph.D. students focus on three areas of advanced development: rehabilitation counselor education and supervision, research, and professional practice. The program is flexible, permitting students to pursue individualized plans of study within the required curriculum. Ph.D. graduates are expected to have sufficient knowledge and skill to teach at colleges and universities, supervise other professionals, and provide clinical services to clients. They also should have competencies to engage in and evaluate theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative research.

Each student is required to submit a curriculum plan. The rehabilitation counseling faculty reviews each student annually. Students must meet the department's requirements in order to continue in the program.

The 90 s.h. required for the degree may include credit for relevant course work completed for a master's degree. This combination of master's and doctoral course work ensures exposure to vocational and psychiatric rehabilitation as well as to independent living rehabilitation and community-based counseling processes, concepts, programs, and services.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit)

Tuition fees
$30,549.50 (25,20,586) per year
Start date

Expected May, August 2023


College of Education

N459 Lindquist Center,



52242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country; A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS score of 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.0; PTE minimum score of 68 with no subscore less than 58; TOEFL scores below 100; a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the test, or a score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT).

For international students

A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.

English Language Requirements:

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) total score of 7.0, with no sub score less than 6.0.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 81 or higher on the Internet-based version of the test (iBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present iBT scores below 100 on the PBT.

TOEFL score requirements with score of 550 on Paper-based test (PBT) and newly admitted graduate students who present TOEFL scores below 600 on the PBT.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.