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M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation
and Mental Health Counseling

Admission Requirements

The following outlines the requirements and process for applying to the program. It is a competitive process. If you want more information, please check for upcoming informational webinars.


The initial screening of applicants is based upon this information. Previous work or experience with people with disabilities is considered in our selection process. The applicant is then interviewed by faculty member(s). The final admission decision is based on both the requirements and the interview.

It is essential that you ensure all your application material is in by the deadline. We cannot offer admission to anyone whose application is incomplete. We strongly suggest you start the application process well in advance. 

We use equitable admissions policies and procedures. Different admissions criteria and measurement mechanisms are applied equally to all applicants. We have two categories of criteria by which we determine admissions to the program:

Once a person is offered admission, the program has start up requirements. These are designed to give you a chance to check in on your knowledge and skills related to elements of your educational experiences in the areas of academic writing, plagiarism, and other related items. They are as follows:

  • Online plagiarism training and exam (no cost) 
  • Review of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition and test of knowledge (manual estimated cost $18 and test no cost)
  • Writing skill development resources (optional)

The program has a self-care component for students, an important training for future counselors. Throughout the program, students receive suggestions and resources for self-care, starting with the only item that is required and has an associated expense - VIA Character Strengths Survey ($40). This is taken prior to attending the first intensive week.


Application deadline is March 15

Applicants will not be interviewed unless they are scheduled to take the GRE or MAT examination. 

NOTE: Students must withdraw from WVU by specific dates to receive tuition refunds. For more information, please check with the  WVU Office of Student Accounts.

For questions, please contact:

Donna Staggs 
Program Assistant II   
Office: 504-G Allen Hall 
Phone: 304-293-3809