Thanks for your interest in UT Southwestern’s Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, a dynamic learning experience that will prepare you for a life-changing career. We invite you to apply.

Beginning the Application Process

The first step in applying is to complete an online application by May 15. In addition to your application, the Registrar requires submission of:

  • Three letters of recommendation from academic sources such as instructors, undergraduate advisors or academic/research mentors.
  • Original transcripts from all of the colleges you’ve attended.
  • Your GRE scores. (Scores are acceptable within five years of taking the exam.) Our GRE school code is 6686.
  • TOEFL scores if you’re an international student who does not have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. university.

Important Dates

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 15 of the year classes begin. We begin accepting applications on November 1 of the preceding year and encourage you to apply early if all of your materials are ready. We’re not able to review applications that arrive late or are incomplete, so be sure to apply on time.

You can call us at 214-648-1740 to find out where we are in the process. The new class each year begins its studies in August.


After reviewing your application, the Admissions Committee will decide on whether to offer you an interview.  If you’re selected, we’ll contact you to arrange a convenient interview time. During your visit, you will tour the department and meet with faculty. You will be asked for a spontaneous writing sample at the time of the interview. 


After the interview, our Admissions Committee will make its final decision and let you know by June 15.

As You Apply

As you prepare your application, your goal is to demonstrate an unshakable work ethic, a strong desire to join the rehabilitation counseling profession, and the life, work, and academic experience to handle a demanding curriculum. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:

  • High-order intellectual abilities, with special emphasis on the skills needed for counseling and psychological practice
  • Strong academic background in psychology, counseling, and rehabilitation-related courses
  • Personal suitability for a career in rehabilitation counseling, including ability to relate to others, warmth, empathy, and a sincere interest in psychological processes
  • Motivations, expectations, and career aspirations congruent with the nature of this program
  • Successful experience in rehabilitation, counseling, and/or psychology-related activities

Dean’s Scholarship

Each year, the department/program will provide a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to two incoming students. The purpose of this scholarship is to diversify the enrollment of the School of Health Professions by providing a financial award to students from a disadvantaged background* who are pursuing a career in the health professions. More information on this scholarship will be provided to those students accepted for admission into a health professions program.

 *From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.

Equal Opportunity

In each class, we strive to admit students with the diverse experiences and talents to serve our changing communities effectively. We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Disability Services and the Reasonable Accommodation Process

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with a disability. In accordance with these and other federal and state laws, UT Southwestern is committed to providing equal opportunities for qualified applicants for admission and qualified learners with disabilities. It is the policy of UT Southwestern that no qualified individual shall, based upon disability, be denied admission to, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity at UT Southwestern. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable an individual to participate in UT Southwestern’s academic programs, services, or activities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship to the operations of UT Southwestern, cause an alteration or modification to a course or program to the extent it changes the fundamental nature of that course or program, or constitute a direct threat to the safety of the individual or others.  A collaborative process is in place among individuals with disabilities, faculty, administrators, and support personnel to ensure that all qualified individuals have an equal opportunity to pursue academic and professional goals at UT Southwestern.   Information on disability services and the process for requesting accommodations can be obtained by contacting Anissa Jackson at 214-648-1740 or