Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, M.S.

 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Mercer University's Master of Science program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. This program empowers individuals to make informed choices, to help individuals achieve positive mental health, and to maximize opportunities for economic independence.

During the program students will draw on knowledge from several fields, develop advanced expertise, conduct research and assume leadership roles. The M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta campus, and students are admitted three times per year in August, January, and May. 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) grant is available for qualified students. Visit our RSA grant page for more information.  


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand and follow the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Understand the laws that affect individuals with disabilities and will be able to advocate for the rights of those individuals
  • Understand the concept of choice, self-advocacy and self-determinations, and promote these concepts throughout the rehabilitation process
  • Demonstrate the ability to practice counseling techniques, job placement skills, and career strategies that will assist individuals with disabilities to develop the skills and competencies they need to function effectively in society

NOTE:  The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited until October 31, 2024 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2009 Standards. View Program Outcomes (CORE Standard A.5 Data)> 

Individuals who successfully complete the program are prepared to work in a variety of settings such as: Correctional Centers, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Human Service Agencies, Insurance Companies, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Agencies, Rehabilitation Hospitals, and Veterans Affairs.


In 2019, Mercer University counseling graduates achieved a 95% pass rate on their first attempt of the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs. Visit our Program/Student Outcomes page to learn more.


Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.  

The mission of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is to prepare rehabilitation counselors to provide rehabilitation services aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. Upon graduation, students will have the basic foundational knowledge, skill and experiences necessary to enter the profession of rehabilitation counseling and practice as rehabilitation counselors.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor & Statistics; Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Graduates are filling this role and have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling requires a total of 60 semester hours to complete.

View the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program Plan >

View Practicum and Internship Field Placement Manual >

Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now> 
  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee. 
  • MAT or GRE Test Score
    All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
    If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Background Check
    Applicants must complete a background check. Please contact Leslie Baxter for additional details and instructions at
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants’ aptitude and potential as a clinical rehabilitation counselor.
  • Current Résumé
    Applicants must submit a résumé that highlights any relevant vocational or volunteer experience.
  • Goal Statement
    Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement outlining personal and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a career as a clinical rehabilitation counselor.


Submit all application supporting materials to:
Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Professional Advancement
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants
A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.
E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

The Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as the Preferred Provider Partnership program) provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.

Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program:

Georgia Department of Corrections 
Piedmont Healthcare


Learn more about Mercer’s Enterprise Learning Partnership program > 

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Graduate & Professional Students:

1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship - $100 - $375
Practicum - $75 - $250
Fieldwork - $75 - $155
Lab Fee - $100 - $300/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5