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M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation
and Mental Health Counseling

Program Outcomes

The rehabilitation counseling program at WVU is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through the end of the 2018/2019 academic year ( The program has transitioned to a new major, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. In 2017, the program will undergo a review for accreditation by the COuncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. 

Retention Rate

Academic Year Applicants Admitted New Enrollees Graduates Average # of years since admission for graduates # students who withdrew or were terminated
2013-14 44 26 23 21 2 0
2014-15 42 22 19 22 2 1
2015-16 47 21 21 12 2 3

During the academic year of 2015-16, we enrolled 24 students for their first year experience. They joined the second year students for a total of 36 full-time and 11 part-time students. Ten of these students reported having a disability and 6 reported being a member of a minority ethnic group.  During 2015-16 (Fall and Spring Semesters) , 7  students graduated. An additional 6 are anticipated to graduate in August 2016.

Average Time Necessary to Complete the Program

If students attend the 63 credit hour program full-time, taking 12 credit hours for five semesters including the summer session, they can graduate in two academic years. Each cohort starts in the Fall and would graduate in May of their second year. This is appropriate for those who are not employed or working part-time. 

A part-time, 3-year, program is also an option. Students attend school for 8 semesters, graduating in May of their third year. If students wish to pursue their degree at a slower pace, they can do so as long as their courses are not older than 8 years at the time of graduation. These options are appropriate for those who are working full-time or have other significant responsibilities. 

Estimated Cost of Program Attendance

Estimated total cost of our program at current tuition rates (2016) for full-time attendees is $26,443. Our students are eligible for in-state tuition rates even if they are not residents of West Virginia. The 2015-16 full-time tuition and fee costs for resident students at the College of Education and Human Services was $4,797 per semester. There is a 5% increase projected for 2016-17. At the 2015-16 rate, the cost of our program for full-time students include the following: 
  • Tuition and fees - $23,985 
  • Estimated book costs - $2,215; costs for start-up (including LiveText membership) - $125
  • VIA Strengths Survey $40
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association $28
  • Students are required to take a counseling comprehensive examination in year two - $50. 
There is no graduation fee. Please note that these expenses can change and this is not to be considered an all-inclusive list of expenses. 

Travel expenses to our two on-campus intensive weeks are variable based on a student's home location. Each event requires Monday through Friday attendance in Morgantown, WV. Hotel costs vary, with an average of $150 per night. 

A cost estimator for up-to-date tuition rates is located at

Scholarship Opportunities

 Four of our graduates in 2015-16 received funding through the RSA Scholars Programs awarded to WVU by the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration. In our 2017 cohort there are 11 new scholars. WVU was awarded a new RSA Scholarship grant for individuals currently employed in a vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency who have a goal to be a rehabilitation counselor in the state-federal VR system. The grant will end in 2020.

Other financial aid information can be found at the WVU Financial Aid website. There are also opportunities on campus for graduate assistantships. To learn more about available graduate assistantship positions, please visit the WVU Graduate Education website

Employment Rates and Settings of our Graduates

Six of our 2016 graduates are employed as rehabilitation counselors in state vocational rehabilitation settings. These include settings in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. One graduate is employed in an insurance agency's vocational rehabilitation department. Another graduate is working for the Job Accommodation Network. Four are working in mental health counseling settings. One of our graduates has been employed in a school setting. This is a 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation. 

Passing Rate for Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning

In March 2016, 12 students sat for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor examination as part of their comprehensive evaluation. Eleven passed on the first administration (92% pass rate). The one person who did not pass was successful in completing our follow up examination.