Help individuals with disabilities attain employment, well-being and optimum independence.

Graduates of UNT’s master’s program of rehabilitation counseling help individuals with disabilities find jobs, feel empowered to live a productive life and undergo challenging transitions with guided support. Alumni of our rehabilitation counseling program may be seen in community rehabilitation centers, Veterans Affairs offices, schools or in addiction clinics, building a bridge to recovery and a sustainable life.

U.S. News ranked our master’s program as number twelve in the nation for best graduate rehabilitation counseling programs; in Texas, our program is tied for number one. Students enrolled in the graduate program are passionate about improving the quality of life for others.

Courses are offered online or in campus-based formats to accommodate the needs of students entering the field of rehabilitation counseling as well as those who are currently employed in agencies serving individuals with disabilities. Upon graduation, you’re also eligible for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor and state licensure as a professional counselor.

Earn your master’s degree through UNT’s main campus or 100% Online.


As a student, you will gain communication and goal-setting skills for the counseling process, utilizing self-advocacy, psychological, vocational, social and behavioral interventions. Students are immersed into a curriculum combining academic theory and technique courses with hands-on practicum experience. This core curriculum involves preparatory studies in disability, educational and occupational information, counseling and case management and vocational rehabilitation process. The core curriculum is made up of 36 hours of course work with an additional three hours of electives. While a thesis is optional, it may be beneficial to students looking to pursue their doctorate.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services master’s program offers a traditional on-campus program as well as a distance-learning online program for professionals actively involved in the field. The program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); therefore, the curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC), as well as licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) by the state of Texas. So, upon graduation of the program, students are eligible for national certification as well as Texas licensure.


The skills obtained by students cannot be solely achieved through the classroom; this is why the master’s program utilizes on-campus and community-based services into the curriculum.

Beyond the classroom, students participate in field-site internship experiences and emphasize on exposure to a broad spectrum of rehabilitation services, professional organizations, interdisciplinary professional activities and advocacy and consumer groups in the field of rehabilitation. Students are required to achieve three hours of practicum and six hours of an internship.


Students graduate with a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling after completing the 60-credit hour RCE program and passing a comprehensive examination. The program includes 48 credit hours in courses that include:

  • Rehabilitation counseling principles and ethics
  • Multiculturalism and disability
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability
  • Counseling theories and techniques
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Employment models and case management practices
  • Nine credit hours in courses in supervised fieldwork (over 700 hours)
  • One elective. Elective courses available within the program include Crisis Management, and Transition Counseling.

Fall entry into the program is encouraged. However, applicants can be admitted for the spring semester as well.

Rehabilitation counselors are the only professional counselors educated and trained to specifically serve individuals with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive and emotional disabilities reach their personal, career and independent living goals. Graduates of our rehabilitation counseling program are employed in various rehabilitation, behavioral health and health care settings, such as the Texas Workforce Commission, Veterans Affairs as well as hospitals, insurance companies, university and school settings, community programs, non-profit agencies, independent living centers and many other settings serving individuals with disabilities. 

UNT Dept. of Rehabilitation & Health Services
Learn why you pursue a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of North Texas! Graduates of UNT’s master’s program of rehabilitation counseling help individuals with disabilities find jobs, feel empowered to live a productive life and undergo challenging transitions with guided support. Alumni of our rehabilitation counseling program may be seen in community rehabilitation centers, Veterans Affairs offices, schools or in addiction clinics, building a bridge to recovery and a sustainable life.

Rehabilitation Counseling MS Application Process

Application Deadlines

The Rehabilitation Counseling MS program has fall and spring admissions. The application deadline for Fall 2022 is April 1, 2022. All application materials must be turned into the Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services (RHS) by 5:00pm on the day of the application deadline. All transcripts and your ApplyTexas application should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline (see Step 1 below).

Three-Step Application Process
The application process for the Rehabilitation Counseling MS is a three-step process. The first two steps are completing two separate applications. After these applications have been processed, you may be invited to interview as part of the third step.

1. Application to Toulouse Graduate School

Applicants must apply to and be accepted by UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants typically have a 3.0 GPA or higher on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours from their bachelor’s degree, or at least a 3.4 on a completed master’s degree. Applicants with lower GPAs may be considered by individual review. In order to apply to the graduate school, you will need to submit:

Transcripts should be sent directly to the graduate school. Sending them to the department instead could slow the processing of your application. Official transcripts can either be sent electronically to or mailed to:
Toulouse Graduate School
1155 Union Circle #305459 
Denton, TX 76203-5017

It is recommended that you send in all transcripts to the graduate school at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

2. Application to Rehabilitation and Health Services Department

Students must also apply to the department. Items you will need for this step include:

  • Department Application
  • Self-Statement
  • Current Resume
  • Two Professional References

Your Self-Statement should be a two to three-page double-spaced, typed essay that addresses both of the following prompts:

  • Oftentimes our life experiences and interactions with various individuals influence our lifelong passions and direction. What specific life experiences and or individual interactions ignited your passion for rehabilitation counseling? Please discuss any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to the rehabilitation counseling profession.
  • As our world has become more complex and intersecting, we have also seen our client issues become much more challenging to address. As a future rehabilitation counseling professional, what do you believe are the responsibilities you would have for the client's well-being, and how would you hope to meet those responsibilities (given your present understanding of the role and responsibilities of a rehabilitation counseling professional)?

The statement and your resume should be emailed to:
Two references are required, one must be a current or past employer, the other should be a previous instructor. If it has been longer than three years since you were last in school, both references can be current or recent employers. You will submit the names and contact information of your recommenders through the department application. When you 'submit' the application, it will prompt the system to contact your recommenders directly.


3. Interview

Once the department has received all of your application materials, qualified applicants will be contacted to set-up an admissions interview.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Azzama Alia at

All materials for Fall 2022 are due by April 1st, 2022.


Scholarships & more

The Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services in the College of Health and Public Service offers thousands in scholarships to students each year, including:

  • Ft. Worth Area Texas Rehabilitation Assocation Scholarship
  • Ken Miner Scholarship
  • Dan Minahan Memorial Scholarship

Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC
Assistant Professor
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Program Coordinator

Graduate students are advised by department faculty. Program Coordinator Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC can help connect you with potential faculty advisors based on your unique interests.

Justin Watts

Rehabilitation and Health Services

the RHS mission is to prepare professionals to enhance the lives of diverse populations including the aging population, individuals with disabilities, substance use disorders and/or chronic health concerns through training in advanced research, education and service delivery, or clinical practice.

Our department is comprised of community engaged academics providing an education that reaches beyond the classroom.
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