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Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)


The M.S. degree program in rehabilitation counseling prepares you to make a difference by enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Throughout the two-year program, you’ll complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in addition to your academic curriculum. Our goal is to provide you with as much knowledge and experiential training as possible so you can begin your career immediately and confidently.

Classes are small; there are usually less than 20 students. This means you'll form meaningful relationships with your peers and faculty. Our faculty consists of certified and licensed counselors who are active in the rehabilitation counseling profession. They are eager to mentor and passionate about educating future rehabilitation counselors.

Your professional goals are unique so we empower you to make choices that will help you accomplish those. You choose your own clinical education sites rather than receiving an assignment. This way you can interact with professionals in a setting that reflects your future as a rehabilitation professional.

Since you'll take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam before you graduate, you’ll be certified to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential. The employment rate of NIU graduates within six months of graduation is over 95 percent so your future is in good hands.


Tuition news

NIU has recently eliminated the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate for both undergraduate and graduate students, making it financially easier for you to take advantage of our excellent programs. Learn more.

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Alumni Testimonials

"I have felt extremely supported by the faculty through the entire program and feel more than prepared to begin working after graduation. I love the opportunities this field provides!" 
– Jennifer ‘15
"The instructors were knowledgeable and supportive. I built strong professional relationships and made lifelong friends." 
– Katie ‘12
"The NIU Rehabilitation Counseling program prepared me very well to be successful in the workforce. I am pleased with the amount of knowledge, experience, and networking professional contacts I acquired. I have also made lifelong friendships with my cohort!" 
– Eiffel ‘10
"Attaining my master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from NIU was the door that opened up my professional life. The program's focus on centering the margins, and using the socio-cultural model of disability in teaching (and using) self-advocacy enabled me to use my degree outside of my professional life as well." 
– Kari ‘08