Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What are the application deadlines?
A: Click here for the Application Schedule & Deadlines.

Q: What information does the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating applications?
A: Holistic evaluation of each candidate. This includes GPA, transcripts, work and volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and interview with program faculty or video conference interviews by Skype or Apple Facetime.

Q: How many students will be admitted to the program each year?
The campus program aims to admit 15 full-time students each year with a cap of 18. The online program aims to admit 18 full-time students each year with a cap of 20.

Q: When do I learn if I am admitted to the program?
After completing the interview, the application committee schedules a review meeting to determine the admission decision. All attempts are made to provide timely notice to students with plenty of time for them to get things in order prior to the semester starting. Those who apply well in advance of the application deadlines will receive more immediate notification following their interview.

Q: Can I take classes as a non-degree student?
Yes, students (not enrolled in the undergraduate program) can take up to four (4) classes as non-matriculated students. If interested, the student must submit a letter of interest, an official undergraduate transcript, and complete a non-matriculated student form. These students should contact the administrative support specialist or Program Director prior to anything.

Q: What grade point average do I need to have?
There is strong preference for a GPA of 3.0 or greater. However, the application review committee takes many factors into consideration when evaluating GPA and a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered.

Q: Are there any specific classes I need to take in order to be in the program?
Not necessarily though a background in a human service or related field is beneficial.

What documents do I need to provide for my application process?
Click here for admissions requirements.

Q: Do I need to take the GRE?
No, GRE scores are not required for admission into the Rehabilitation Counseling program.

Q: What advice do you have for what I write in my personal statement?
Your personal statement should provide a rationale for why you are interested in pursuing a career in Rehabilitation Counseling. Many applicants include their human services education, interest in working with persons with disability, experience with individuals with disability, beliefs about helping others, future goals, and other factors supporting their interest in the profession.

Q: Who should I ask for my letters of recommendation?
All letters of recommendations should be academic or professional in nature. Examples of types of references are current/former professors, supervisors, coaches, advisors, mentors, etc.

Q: Where do I send my application materials?
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications materials online.

Additionally, you may send completed application materials to:
Graduate Studies
Admissions House
Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296

You may also email materials to graduate@assumption.edu or fax them to 508-799-4412.

Q: Do you have weekend or online classes?
There are no scheduled weekend classes in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. There is an entire online Rehabilitation Counseling program. For the campus program, there are occasions when exemplary online professors teach campus program classes in a hybrid format (both online and on campus classroom experiences).

Q: When are classes scheduled?
The online program is asynchronous meaning that there is no set time when the class meets but the workload is spread across the week. For the on campus program, first year students take classes (4 – 6:15pm and 7 – 9:15pm) on Monday and Tuesday. Second year students take classes (4 – 6:15pm and 7 – 9:15pm) on Wednesday and Thursday.

Q: Can students take both online and on-campus classes?
Yes. Although it is required that each student admit into either the campus or online program, students can take classes both on campus and online. Doing this often breaks from the cohort model and students are responsible for tracking their courses to assure they are meeting the requirements to graduate within their expected time frame.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program if I am a full-time student?
Full-time students complete the on-campus program in 5 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). Full-time students complete the online program in 8 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). Please view the website or download the viewbook for a detailed program of study for both programs.

Q: What is the courseload?
Full-time for the sake of qualifying for student loans is 6 credits. This is also the number of credits considered full-time for RSA scholarship eligibility. Although 6 credits constitutes full-time for financial aid and RSA scholarship eligibility, students interested in completing their graduate studies within the cohort model program of study will need to take the number of courses outlined.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program if I am a part-time student ?
Assumption College allows graduate students up to 7 years to complete their graduate studies.

Q: Can I work while taking classes?
Many students work while they are enrolled in both the Rehabilitation Counseling campus and online program. Obviously, time management and organization become that much more critical when additional responsibilities (e.g., work, family, community service) coexist with graduate studies.

Q: How large are class sizes?
Class size (not including practicum and internship) ranges from 10 – 20 students. Practicum and Internship Seminar classes range from 4 – 7 students per section.

Q: Does the program offer fellowships or other forms of financial aid?
Yes, the Rehabilitation Counseling program has a five-year Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) training grant through the Department of Education. This grant requires at least $150,000 in tuition assistance to students each year. Students in both the campus and online program are eligible to receive support from this grant. The campus program also has three (3) separate smaller scholarships available. Occasionally, there are part-time positions available in the program for graduate students.

Q: How can I apply to the fellowships if offered?
Because there is tremendous competition for RSA grant money, it is not available to students during their first semester. Students will be provided informational packets during their first semester about the RSA grant application and approval process. Students are notified about additional scholarship opportunities via e-mail and flyer announcements. These announcements provide direction on how to apply.

Q: Is the program accredited?
Yes, the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption College received its full 8-year accreditation from the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in August 2016. The program is also a NEASC accredited program of the college.

Q: If I am admitted, can I defer my enrollment?
Students can, if they so choose, defer their enrollment for up to one year. The student is expected to maintain contact with the program during that time and confirm their desire to start in advance of their return.

Q: What are the requirements for the practicum?
Students must complete at least the 503 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling and 530 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Practice prior to enrolling in their practicum. However, the program of study was designed to intentionally provide extensive content education prior to and commensurate with the practicum experience and all efforts should be made to complete those courses as outlined for maximum benefit.

Q: What are the licensure requirements?
The Rehabilitation Counseling program meets all the requirements for students to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam. See https://www.crccertification.com/ for more information about the CRC exam. It also meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Rehabilitation Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. More information about licensure as a Rehabilitation Counselor can be found here.

Q: What are the oral exam requirements?
Students are encouraged to take the CRC exam during their final semester of the program. Students who pass the CRC exam are not required to take Oral Exams. Those who choose not to take the CRC exam or do not pass the exam have the option of retaking the exam in July or taking oral exams. The oral exams are case study based and require a comprehensive understanding of the content and experience acquired throughout the program.

Q: Are MTEL exams required?
The MTEL exam is not required.

Q: If an International student - do you require TOEFL, GRE and GMAT?
The TOEFL exam is required for international students where English is not the primary language. In some cases, exceptions to this requirement will be made.