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M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling: Working Professionals Program

The Working Professionals M.S. Program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), is a 60 credit-hour program specifically designed for people who are currently working and providing direct services in the field to persons with chronic illness, disability, and/or mental health issues.

The program is designed so you can graduate in three-years while maintaining full-time employment. Many courses are offered in the evening and via distance education, and the required fieldwork experiences (practicum and internship) are typically worked out with your place of employment. The typical IIT working professional student has a desire to learn more about state-of-the-art research and evidence-based practices in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

Licensure and Certification

Licensure and certification are important for working professionals and their career advancement. As an IIT Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate, you will be eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a distinguished certification recognized nationwide. You will also be eligible for counseling licensure as a Professional Counselor and a Clinical professional Counselor within the state of Illinois. Illinois accepts the CRC examination as a qualifying professional counselor licensure exam (Please see your state licensing board for information on counseling licensure requirements in states other than Illinois).

About Us

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; and 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.

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Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree and have an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be evaluated on an individual basis.

For more information: Please contact Dr. Frank Lane via email at