The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program is educational experience that will challenge and motivate you. To meet your expectations and satisfy accreditation requirements, we ask our applicants to be exceptionally well prepared. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to be considered:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (We recommend an undergraduate major in the behavioral sciences, such as gerontology, psychology, sociology, or rehabilitation. Education and business administration majors are also acceptable.)
- Demonstrate proficiency in basic statistics.
- Earn a recommended GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in science and overall.
- Complete and submit an online application.
- Submit three letters of recommendation. (We recommend letters from instructors, employers, undergraduate advisors, volunteer supervisors, or other academic/research mentors.)
- Submit a minimum combined score of 300 from the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years. (We may accept an older score if you’ve been recently engaged in other graduate studies.)
- Submit your TOEFL scores if you’re an international student.
Everyone who applies for admission to the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, including people with disabilities, must be able to perform specific essential functions, which differ depending upon the academic program. Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to perform to complete the program’s curriculum. Applicants who cannot perform the program’s essential functions—either with or without reasonable accommodations—may not be considered for admission.
Each School of Health Professions student must be able to:
- Attend scheduled classes and laboratory sessions and be present for examination and testing.
- Travel to practicum sites and have mobility within and around the sites.
- Assimilate information presented via lecture, handouts, videos, discussions, computer, and/or other educational modalities.
- Complete assignments such as written assignments, oral presentations, class participation, examinations, and computer-based activities.
- Apply the assimilated information to appropriate clinical situations.
- Effectively communicate with patients/clients, their families, faculty, and other professionals using oral, telephonic, written, and computer modalities in private and group settings.
- Make effective use of learning resources at UT Southwestern and affiliated facilities.
In addition to essential functions for all students, each student in the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program must be able to:
- Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, and apply oral and written information in the process of evaluation and problem-solving.
- Demonstrate the emotional health required to fully use his/her intellectual abilities such as exercising good judgment, promptly completing all responsibilities required by the Program, or attendant to the diagnosis and care of clients.
- Develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships.
- Tolerate demanding workloads and to function effectively under stress.
- Adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities inherent in the clinical problems of many clients.
- Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior, and perform activities in an ethical manner in all dealings with peers, faculty, staff, and clients.