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M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with Advanced Standing

Admission with Advanced Standing may allow you to complete the Master of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling degree in approximately 18 months (three semesters) instead of two years, depending on prior preparation. This program is designed for individuals who already have up to 15 hours of qualifying graduate-level coursework. In addition, IIT undergraduate students who meet the criteria for regular admission to the master's program can consider completing their master's degree more quickly by smart use of electives. In the junior and senior years, qualified students can take graduate courses to meet their undergraduate elective requirements.

In IIT's nationally ranked, Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE)-accredited M.S. program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, you will receive outstanding and intensive training designed to prepare you to serve persons with disabilities and/or mental health concerns. This includes the ability to serve persons with a diverse array of mental health or disability related problems impacting the individual and the family, in a variety of clinical settings and with respect for the influences of multicultural factors such as culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. You will also receive specialized training in the vocational, educational, and personal adjustment of persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.

In addition to preparing you for practice in clinical mental health counseling, you will receive specialized training for a career in the rapidly-growing field of rehabilitation counseling. This program prepares rehabilitation and mental health counselors for employment in:

  • community mental health facilities
  • state, federal, and private rehabilitation agencies
  • hospitals
  • correctional institutions; public schools
  • rehabilitation centers
  • other organizations serving persons with physical, psychiatric, mental, social or emotional disabilities

It also provides advanced training for persons presently employed in agencies and facilities offering services to persons with disabilities. The mission of the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare students to perform a vital role as counselors who have specialized knowledge and skills for both mental health and/or rehabilitation service delivery. Students in this program are prepared to function as rehabilitation and clinical mental health counselors for persons with a variety of needs including mental health issues impacting the individual and/or family, and persons with physical or mental disabilities who need psychosocial and vocational readjustment.

Eligibility for the Program

IIT undergraduate students applying to the program must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 in their undergraduate coursework at the time of application to the program, and must also meet the minimum graduate admission criteria for the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program.

Candidates who hold a B.A. or B.S. in psychology or another relevant degree (or international student holding a relevant professional degree from outside the U.S.), and who have completed some relevant graduate-level courses may qualify for Advanced Standing in the Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program.

For a course to be accepted toward Advanced Standing, the student needs to obtain a grade of B or better. Candidates may be asked to provide additional evidence on their previous coursework, including projects and course syllabi, to determine eligibility for Advanced Standing. The following courses may be considered towards Advanced Standing in the M.S. degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. For IIT undergraduates, these can be taken as part of required or elective courses for the B.S. degree in Psychology:

  • PSYC 410 Introduction to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling PSYC 411 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • PSYC 412 Multicultural and Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • PSYC 513 Assessment in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • PSYC 523 Introduction to Theories of Psychotherapy PSYC 562 Job Placement
  • PSYC 563 Human Growth and Career Development PSYC 583 Rehabilitation Engineering Technology I PSYC 590 Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a formal application to the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. For current IIT undergraduate students who wish to apply for Advanced Standing, this should be done in the junior or senior year. Candidates must meet the minimum graduate program admissions criteria for the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program, in order to be considered for the program. It is important to work closely with the Head of the Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science and (if applicable) your undergraduate academic advisor to determine course sequencing and/or whether completed courses meet the criteria for acceptance toward Advanced Standing. Candidates will be notified upon admission as to their acceptance of Advanced Standing.

Academic Program Requirements for current IIT Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate students admitted to the program complete the requirements of their undergraduate program in four years. Students are awarded their B.S. in psychology after successfully completing their fourth year of study. The course work during the fourth year serves as the final year of the B.S. program and includes coursework for the first semester of the M.S. program.

Graduation Requirements for current IIT Undergraduate Applicants

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program with Advanced Standing must follow the IIT Undergraduate Catalog to satisfy requirements for the B.S. Degree and the requirements set out in the Graduate Bulletin for the M.S. Degree. Close communication with advisors is required.