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Empower others to achieve their potential as a clinical rehabilitation counselor

Clinical rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities become self-sufficient citizens. When you earn a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Mercer University, you will gain the knowledge and practical experience to help individuals with disabilities develop the skills to function effectively in society.

The CACREP-accredited master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling offers a comprehensive curriculum and scholarship program for qualified students through the Rehabilitation Services (RSA) grant. Through research and fieldwork opportunities, you will graduate eligible to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia and the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) licensure exams.

Clinical rehabilitation master’s degree students must also complete the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRC), and postgraduate counseling experience for professional licensure.

Program graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores that are above the national average for other counseling programs. Visit our outcomes page to learn more.


Format: Blended (combination of online and on-campus) • Start Terms: January, May, August • Course Length: 16 weeks • Completion Time: 30-42 months


Your Mercer M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program experience

Apply what you learn with clinical internship experience

As you progress in the master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling program, you will apply the theories and knowledge from your classes to real-world settings. You will complete three clinical internship courses that will provide you with essential experience shadowing professionals and helping individuals with disabilities.

Eligible students may earn a scholarship for three semesters

As a student in the clinical rehabilitation counseling master’s degree program, you could qualify for a scholarship program through the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant. The RSA grant provides eligible clinical rehabilitation master’s degree students up to 100% tuition coverage up to nine credit hours for three semesters of enrollment in the program. View the RSA Grant page to learn more.

Explore M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling courses

The master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling program curriculum provides you with the theory, skills, and cultural understanding to become an effective and adaptable clinical rehabilitation counselor.

The program is broken up into three areas: professional studies, content and related studies, and clinical practice. When you graduate with your clinical rehabilitation master’s degree, you will be able to create and implement ethical and effective strategies for working with individuals of all ages and disabilities to improve access to work, school, and daily activities.

Some of the courses you will take in the clinical rehabilitation master’s degree program include:

  • RHAB 601 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling
  • RHAB 612 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • COUN 604 Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • RHAB 606 Occupational Information and Job Placement

View Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program requirements.

How an M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling will impact your career

Jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to grow by 11% by 2031—much faster than average for all other occupations—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling program prepares graduates to fill these new roles in a variety of settings, including:

  • Correctional facilities
  • The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  • Human service agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Juvenile justice systems
  • Mental health agencies
  • Private practices
  • Rehabilitation hospitals
  • Veterans affairs

Learn more about our Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or for more information.

Learn from experienced faculty 

Our highly credentialed clinical rehabilitation counseling faculty bring years of relevant experience to the classroom to help prepare you to provide excellent rehabilitation counseling and help individuals become independent.

I have gained a lot of experience writing in this program and that has sharpened my skills. The most valuable course in my Mercer career thus far has been on group counseling and group work, which has given me further confidence in my abilities. The feedback from faculty has been helpful and has ultimately equipped me for the betterment of our future clients. What the professors say and what they’re teaching us is congruent with who they are as professionals.

Leslie Preveaux, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’21

Mercer’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum helps develop decision-making skills that keep you from being fearful of unpredictable outcomes in the counseling field. The program is also taught by professors who have worked as Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors, so they are able to tell you what they have experienced and what we should expect.

Alex Toliver, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’19

One of my oldest and dearest friends has a significant physical disability. She uses a wheelchair and needs assistance with her activities of daily living. Mercer’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program seemed like a perfect fit for me to help address these issues. The ability to take evening classes has allowed me to work, raise my kids, and earn another degree.

Janice Barrocas, M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling ’20

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.

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Ready to improve the lives of individuals with a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling?

We’re here to answer your questions and help you through the application process. Schedule your personalized admissions counseling appointment or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 678.547.6417 or