Applying to the Program

Worcester Campus Program: Candidates should submit their application online.

Online Program: After the required interview, applicants will be informed whether they have been admitted into Rehabilitation Counseling's online program. 

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The completed application file will be forwarded to the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies for review by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Candidates will be informed of the committee’s decision in writing from the Graduate Studies Office.

Applicant Information:

  1. It is required that students entering this program have a baccalaureate degree and at least fifteen semester hours of undergraduate course work in the behavioral and social sciences. Recommended courses include human anatomy and physiology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and statistics.
  2. A minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate cumulative grade point average is required.
  3. Students in the part-time program at the Worcester campus can begin the program in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Students in the Online program may only begin in the fall or spring semester.
  4. Interested students from culturally diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

  1. An application form and application fee (fee waived for Assumption students or alumni/ae);
  2. Official transcript(s) of undergraduate and graduate records;
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation. These letters must be academic or professional in nature and should be from a professor who has taught the candidate for at least one course or from an individual who has supervised the candidate in a work setting. It is important that the letters are from people who can speak to the candidate’s potential for successful graduate school studies and academic ability. Recommendations may be submitted using the recommendation form;
  4. A current resume;
  5. A personal essay describing the academic preparation, work experiences, and skills that the candidate brings to this graduate program, what he or she hopes to accomplish academically, and his or her professional goals;
  6. An interview is required for admission into the program. Once the application is complete and forwarded to the program office, the Director of Rehabilitation Counseling will contact the applicant to arrange an interview.

Notes:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.
  2. The Rehabilitation Counseling admissions committee reserves the right to request additional material in support of the candidate’s application.

Conditional Acceptance
In those cases where the applicant does not meet the requirement of 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, the following applies: For those applicants with a 2.5 to 2.74 overall undergraduate GPA, acceptance may be given conditionally if other admissions criteria are met. For part-time students, the department will review the student's work at the completion of 4 courses and will make recommendations regarding the removal of the conditional status. For full-time students, such review will also occur after the completion of 4 courses. (Based on graduate policy as of this date, conditional status may be removed if the student achieves a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken).

Application Information

  • All documents, transcripts and other papers submitted for the admittance become property of the College and will not be returned.
  • A student is not officially admitted or rejected until the Director of Graduate Enrollment has notified him/her. Applicants are notified of their status in writing.
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that health science students must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and Hepatitis B.
  • Admittance as Special Student to course work in the graduate program does not imply admittance to candidacy for an Advanced degree. The dean of the College reserves the right not to grant credit toward a degree for courses taken before admittance into the program.
  • After official notification of acceptance, application and transcripts are kept on file for one year. If the candidate has not matriculated buy the end of the year, he or she ordinarily reapplies and is subject to the rules and regulations that are in effect at the time of the new application.
  • Incomplete applications are kept on file no longer than one year.