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M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

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
  • 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.


A core of required graduate courses provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary to the field of rehabilitation and mental health counseling including. Rehabilitation, mental health counseling principles and practices with an emphasis on:

  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Counseling theory
  • Individual and group counseling skills
  • Assessment in rehabilitation and mental health counseling
  • Diagnosis of mental disorders
  • Evidence-based treatment of mental disorders
  • Job placement
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability
  • Human growth and career development
  • Research methods.

Part-time Program (Working Professionals Program)

If you are currently working in the rehabilitation field and are interested in pursuing a M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, there is a part-time option available which is designed to meet the needs of the working professional. 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 part-time program takes approximately three years to complete. Please see our working professionals program webpage.

Practica and Internships

Concurrently, field work of progressively increasing complexity takes place at a variety of community-based mental health and rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago area including:

  • Mental health and counseling centers
  • Community rehabilitation facilities
  • The state department of vocational rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Medical hospitals
  • Facilities for persons with mental and physical disabilities

You will begin working with clients in community facilities in the second semester and continue hands-on supervised experience throughout your second year. Recent placements include:

  • The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ada S. McKinley Community Services
  • Anixter Center
  • Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs
  • Chicago Lighthouse

This will prepare you for work as a practitioner, provide you with valuable contacts in the field and allow you to learn skills that cannot be taught in a classroom.


As an IIT Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate, you will be eligible to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a distinguished certificate 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).

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Curriculum/Course Information

Required courses and typical program of study
M.S. Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program Manual 2012-2014(pdf)
Forms for Current Students
Program Outcomes Documentation

Applications Accepted for Fall Entrance Only

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. However, applications and supporting documents must be received by March 15. Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • Bachelor's degree with general psychology courses
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • 3 Letters of recommendation (2 academic, 1 employer)
  • Professional statement
  • Transcripts from all post/secondary institutions

All applications are evaluated on the basis of such factors as GPA, recommendations, and the professional statement. (GRE scores are not required.) Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview.

CORE Accreditation

IIT's Rehabilitation Counseling MS program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). For more information on CORE accreditation, please visit or write to the address below.

Council on Rehabilitation Education
300 N. Martingale Road, Suite 460
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847.944.1345
Fax: 847.944.1324


For more information:

Frank Lane, Ph.D.

3105 South Dearborn Street, Room 292
Chicago, Illinois 60616-3793
Phone: 312.567.8862
Fax: 312.567.3493