Admissions

Thanks for your interest in UT Southwestern’s Master of 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 31. In addition to your application, the Registrar requires submission of:

  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors, employers, undergraduate advisors, volunteer supervisors, academic/research mentors, and other people who know you and your abilities.
  • 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.

Important Dates

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31 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. Our Admissions Committee reviews applications after we receive them.

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 late August.

Interviews

After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee selects the group of candidates to be interviewed. If you’re selected, we’ll contact you to arrange a convenient interview time. During your visit, you’ll tour the program and meet with faculty and current students. You will be asked for a spontaneous writing sample at the time of the interview. 

Decisions

After the interviews, 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.