Master of Science

Rehabilitation Counseling

California State University, Sacramento is the only traditional program in the area that offers a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including schools, not-for-profit, career counseling services, hospitals and clinics.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at California State University, Sacramento is to educate graduate students on how to best assist individuals with disabilities to lead meaningful, productive and independent lives in our society. To this end, the program curriculum is structured to include didactic and experiential activities which will prepare the graduate student to provide effective services in the community.

Rehabilitation Counselors may work in a wide variety of settings, including community agencies, private agencies, college campuses, criminal justice departments, and state agencies. The program includes training in counseling techniques, job development, multicultural competency, assessment, research, as well as the impact of disabilities on human behavior and development. Additionally, students will gain a solid knowledge base regarding disability-related topics such as independent living, assistive technology, social justice and disability rights law.

The Rehabilitation Counseling program is a strong program for those interested in assisting individuals with disabilities. As such, the program is accredited by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs), provides a variety of options for field study experiences, is an option for students to obtain the required courses needed to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California, and offers preparation and guidance to take the CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counseling) exam.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in research in collaboration with their peers and faculty members. The faculty support and encourage students to grow professionally and academically throughout the higher educational experience. Students who are interested in striving to become a competent professional who will provide rehabilitation counseling in a legal and ethical manner in addition to applying theory to practice are encouraged to apply to the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling program at California State University, Sacramento.

Career Options

  • Community agencies
  • Private agencies
  • Enabling centers on college campuses
  • State agencies

Program Requirements

Units required for Master: 60

Program Resources

Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.

Heather Brostrand Phone: (916) 278-4489 | Office: Eureka Hall 420B | Email: