graduate program Rehabilitation Counseling M.S.

The rehabilitation counseling program prepares students to help people from all cultures, races and backgrounds who have cognitive, physical, sensory, psychiatric and other disabilities to reach their life goals. Rehabilitation counselors assist people with disabilities to become more independent, increase their access to education and employment, and to ensure that they are respected members of our society.

Our graduates work in a variety of settings including: vocational rehabilitation agencies, veterans administration programs, not-for-profit and community rehabilitation programs, schools including colleges and universities, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, drug treatment programs, workers’ compensation and other insurance industries, private practice and businesses and corporations.

Our rehabilitation counseling program trains students in the basic and advanced counseling, advocacy and technical skills they need to assist people with disabilities.

Students complete 700 hours of supervised field work experience in a wide range of agencies and settings throughout the area. Graduates of our program are eligible to become certified rehabilitation counselors (CRC). In addition, they also meet the educational requirements necessary to become licensed professional counselors (LPC) in the state of Georgia.

Our students have a 90% pass rate on the CRC, well above the national average, and our program is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2016.

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

Why be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)?

Find out here 

Breakthrough House – Lead Counselor (substance abuse)

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Rehabilitation Counselor

Cobb County Community Services Board- Behavioral Health Social Worker (Clinician)

Cobb/Douglas County Community Services Board- Client Support Worker Supervisor

Community Alliance in NE- Employment Specialist

Community Friendship- Residential Case Manager

COVA- Job Developer/Vocational Specialist

DeKalb Community Services Board

Family Insight (Virginia)-

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency-

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselors,
  • Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf,
  • Rehabilitation Technologist,
  • Intensive In-home Counselor,
  • Mental Health Support Provider

Georgia Department of Corrections – Case Manager

Georgia Highlands College- Disabilities Specialist and Career Counselor

Georgia Institute of Technology- Research Scientist I (works with VR)

Goodlife Counseling and Support (collaborate with the state VR in Nebraska)- Counselor

Goodwill Industries—Rehabilitation Counselor

Grady Hospital-

  • Mental Health Clinician Specialist,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Gwinnett County Detention Center—Rehabilitation Counselor

Hartford Insurance Company—Rehabilitation Counselor

Hirsch Academy – Floor-time therapist for children with Autism Spectrum disorders

Intown Psychological Services- Associate Professional Counselor

Jewish Vocational Service- Employment Specialist

Metropolitan Counseling Services – Resident Therapist

Nebraska Dept. of Education- VR Rehabilitation Specialist

Pinholster Family Counseling – Private counseling practice

Renaissance Counseling Services – Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

River Edge Behavioral Health Center – Social Service Provider

Riverwoods Behavioral Health – PRN Counselor

Sedgewick CMS – Disability Specialist III

Shepherd Center-

  • Case Managers,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists

Spectrum Health Services – Substance Abuse Counselor

St. Raphael Women’s Recovery Center – Women’s Program Counselor

State of Colorado- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

The Community School – Counselor

Veteran Affairs-

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist,
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

University of Colorado – Research Coordinator

Wright Psychology—Rehabilitation/Mental Health Counselor

Youth Villages – Family Specialist

The Rehabilitation Counseling program has applied for a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to support students seeking a degree in Rehabilitation.  If funded scholarships cover:

  1. Tuition(in-state graduate tuition rate for up to 48 credit hours)
  2. Fees for five semesters full-time
  3. Stipend for books, supplies, transportation
  4. Reimbursement for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor preparation course and examination application fees, while you’re still in the masters program

The purpose of the RSA Scholars program is to increase the supply of qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities assisted through:

  • Vocational rehabilitation (VR) and agencies that contract with VR

Learn more about the RSA Scholarship 

Georgia State University works closely with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to recruit, train, and employ RSA Scholars throughout the State of Georgia and other states. There is a growing need for professionals in the public rehabilitation program, and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency anticipates the need to hire over 32 CRCs over the next 3 – 5 years.  Surrounding states also report a strong need for Rehabilitation Counselors.


A candidate for an RSA scholarship must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  2. Express an interest in a career in clinical practice, administration, supervision, teaching or research in the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities
  3. Agree to participate in an internship at Georgia Vocational  Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
  4. Provide written assurance that within a 2-year period after cessation of enrollment in the program, the individual will obtain and maintain employment in a state rehabilitation agency, or a related agency that provides services to individuals with severe disabilities under an agreement with a state agency, or other public agency as defined by RSA. On a full time basis, this will be for a period of not less than two years for each full time academic year for which a scholarship is received. No more than 4 years will be required for a two year masters program.

Georgia State University Requirements:

  1. Scholarship candidates must be fully admitted to graduate status prior to acceptance to the program
  2. Indicate in your admissions essay your interest in the RSA scholarship.
  3. Submit a goal statement
  4. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester

Once the candidate is awarded a RSA scholarship, and based on the availability of federal funds, the scholarship will continue to be awarded each successive semester of that academic year provided that the student maintains satisfactory progress in the master’s degree program.

If a scholarship recipient drops a course that has been paid with scholarship funds after the tuition refund date, the student will be required to pay for the hours dropped.

RSA Scholars Contact Info:

Dennis D. Gilbride, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Counseling
Program Coordinator
Georgia State University
College of Education
Counseling & Psychological Services
30 Pryor Street, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
404 413-8171, office
404 413-8013, fax

(Academic Year) Active MS REH Students % of MS REH Students in Good Standing Number of MS REH graduates
2008-2009 43 100% 15
2009-2010 46 100% 23
2010-2011 38 100% 17
2011-2012 43 100% 20
2012-2013 38 100% 21