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Rehabilitation Counseling (MS)

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Steve Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC
Patterson, Room 119D

Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration Requirements: 48 hours

Mission Statement

The mission of the rehabilitation counseling master's degree program at The University of Memphis is to prepare professional rehabilitation counselors to provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services to facilitate the personal, educational, and vocational development of individuals with emotional, cognitive, physical, and neurological impairments.

Program Overview

The University of Memphis Rehabilitation Counseling Program is a nationally recognized training program that offers a 48-semester hour, CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Educations) accredited curriculum. The program is situated in an urban research university that offers flexibility to both full-time and part-time students, offering many currently working in the field an opportunity to upgrade their skills as well as academic and professional standing. The primary goal of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on preparing graduates to fill a wide variety of counseling, rehabilitation and human service positions. Graduates of the 48 credit hour concentration can begin their two-year's post-master's supervision while taking the 12 additional credit hours necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee (LPC-MHSP). Students are also able to sit for the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification exam during the last semester of their course work. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) federal traineeships provide tuition and stipends to selected students.

The Profession of Rehabilitation Counseling

The rehabilitation counselor utilizes knowledge from psychology, medicine, sociology, organizational behavior, management, business, and social work to assist individuals with physical and mental disabilities to become or remain self-sufficient and productive members of society. Rehabilitation counselors provide comprehensive counseling services that include individual assessment; individual, group, and family counseling; case management; career and vocational counseling; and job placement. Rehabilitation counselors are able to find employment in the following settings:

  • State-federal rehabilitation agencies
  • Private rehabilitation companies
  • Private mental health counseling practices
  • Community based mental health agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Geriatric counseling and rehabilitation programs
  • Hospital-based treatment programs
  • Developmental disability agencies
  • Head injury programs
  • Group homes
  • Community-based correction programs
  • Veteran's administration medical centers
  • Educational settings (high school and college/university)
  • Employee assistance programs.

Why is our program the best place to start?

The University of Memphis Rehabilitation Counseling Program is ranked among the top 20 programs in the nation by US News and World Reports. We house the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research in a diverse metropolitan community. A few other reasons to consider pursuing a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling at The University of Memphis:
  • Dynamic employment opportunities upon graduation
  • Federal scholarships and paid internships
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Supervised practicum and internship
  • Close working relationships between students and faculty
  • Immediate eligibility after graduation for CRC Certification
  • Students who complete 12 additional credits and post-master's clinical experience are eligible to apply to become a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee
  • Nationally recognized faculty

Our Faculty

Dr. Steve Zanskas, CRC
Dr. Dan Lustig, CRC
Dr. Chrisann Schiro-Geist, CRC
Dr. Douglas Strohmer, CRC

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School and the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research. Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for details.

All applicants to the program must:

  • Complete both the Graduate School and CEPR Department application
  • Attain an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Furnish three letters of reference
  • Submit a 500-1000 word typed written essay stating your reasons for seeking admission to the program and professional goals and objectives.

Applicants to the program should be willing to have a personal interview with the admission committee.

Program Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1st

Scholarship Opportunity

The graduate Rehabilitation Counseling Program at The University of Memphis has been awarded a grant from The Rehabilitation Services Administration intended to fund the tuition, fees and stipends for master’s students each year of the next five years. The intent of the grant is to increase the number of rehabilitation counselors prepared to work in vocational rehabilitation settings. Rehabilitation counselors are counselors with a specialty in working with individuals that have a disability and their families.

Students interested in this scholarship opportunity should complete the RSA Scholarship application.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Steve Zanskas at for additional information.  

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