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Program Eligibility and Application Procedures

Students initiate doctoral study upon completion of a master's degree and typically at least one year professional experience post-master's. The entry-level master’s degree must have been obtained from a program accredited by CACREP or the student must provide satisfactory evidence of coursework meeting CACREP standards prior to beginning the program. Students must have obtained certification as a rehabilitation counselor through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) before entering the program and counseling licensure is also highly encouraged.

All applications are evaluated on the basis of such factors as GPA, GRE, recommendations, and the applicant’s professional statement. Admission criteria include:

  • Academic aptitude for doctoral-level study;
  • Previous professional experience;
  • Fitness for the profession, including self- awareness and emotional stability;
  • Oral and written communication skills;
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness; and
  • Potential for scholarship, professional leadership, and advocacy.

Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview. Applications are usually accepted for a Fall-term start and supporting documents must be uploaded into the application system by by March 15.

Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling with at least one year of post-master's work experience in the field
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE: Verbal 151 + Quantitative 153
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Professional statement
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (transcripts must be uploaded into the application system)
  • Personal Interview

At the beginning of the first term of enrollment, students attend orientation during which the student handbook is disseminated and discussed, students’ ethical and professional obligations and personal growth expectations as counselors-in-training are explained, and eligibility for licensure/certification is reviewed.

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Eun-Jeong LeeEun-Jeong Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of the Counseling and Rehabilitation Science Program
201 Tech Central
3242 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312.567.5202