Graduate and Professional Studies:
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

The overall mission of the Sacramento State Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to produce qualified rehabilitation counselors who possess the skills and dedication to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community integration. The program mission addresses the critical shortage of qualified rehabilitation counselors in the state of California and the nation and seeks to increase the number of counselors available to meet an ever-growing need.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program admits students once per year for entrance during the Fall semester and on average, admits 12 students per year.   The most typically occurring time it takes for students to complete the 60 unit Master’s degree program is five semesters.   However, it is possible to complete the program in four semesters or take longer than the typical five semester program.   The student retention rate over the past three years has been 87%.

Students have the opportunity to choose the number of units they take per semester.  A defining point is six units (or less) or seven units or more since that is the point where tuition increases.   California State University, Sacramento tuition and fees for six units or less is $2541 per semester and $3957 for seven units or more.  Non-resident students pay $372 per unit plus standard student fees of $588 per semester. 

Financial assistance and scholarships are available through the Financial Aid Office.  Contact the FA office at The VRC Program previously had scholarship support for students through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (2013-2013) but due to federal budget cuts was unable to apply this year.  We will be applying for a grant again in the future.  

The program has an employment rate of 90% for graduates within the first six months of graduation. Our students go to work for such entities as the California Department of Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, community college Disabled Students and Programs, private non-profit agencies and other community rehabilitation programs.  

Graduates of the VRC program are eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in the state of California. Approximately 11-15 units of course work above the current 60 unit program is required in order to become an LPCC.  LPCC information can be found through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences at

We encourage our students and graduates to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors.   Since the VRC program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, students can sit for the CRC exam when they have 75% of their academic program complete.   Additional information on becoming a CRC can be found at

The culminating experience for the VRC Program is a Master’s Project or Thesis.  Most students choose the Project option.   Students must pass their culminating experience in order to graduate from the Program.   

Support for students with disabilities who enter the VRC Program is available through the Service to Students with Disabilities office on campus.  The VRC program has a long standing relationship with the SSWD office.   For further information please contact SSWD at
The High Tech Center is a branch of SSWD and provides technical services to students with disabilities including adaptive computer training.    
Other excellent student services offered on campus include the Veterans Success Office at which provides academic and personal support for veterans.   The Well  is a magnificent new building on campus with services that encourages a lifetime of wellness through innovative programs. Housing and residence halls information can be found at   The Sac State Library  features a premiere search tool called OneSearch which was updated in 2013 and provides a powerful search tool for student research.   Information Resources and Technology (IRT)  provides computer technology support for students including the Student Technology Center which assists students to overcome technology related barriers.  There are many other student services on campus with a listing that can be found at    

Courses Offered

Please review the program description and course listings in the Course Catalog (Follow the Master of Science Link).

Degree Offered

Program Resources

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Program Information Session - PowerPoint Presentation: October 2015 pdf icon
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Brochure pdf icon

Vocational Rehabilitation

Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education | Graduate and Professional Studies: Vocational Rehabilitation
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079