College of Allied Health Professions

Dept. of Rehabilitation and Human Services

Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling


The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services is to provide professional preparation of master’s level students with the knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. This mission is achieved through various instructional, clinical and other programmatic activities.


Program Curriculum

The rehabilitation and mental health counseling curriculum is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and focuses on preparing professionals for employment in a diversity of rehabilitation and mental health settings.


Program Objectives

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program seeks to prepare counselors who:

  • Understand and practice core rehabilitation and mental health counseling roles, stay current in the profession, and are life-long learners in counseling practice and scholarly activity.
  • Recognize the importance of continued personal growth and exploration of self as socio- racial being, as well as personal biases and assumptions that interfere with professional competence;
  • Are exposed to the broad spectrum of counseling theory and human development as applied to clients of diverse social and racial backgrounds;
  • Facilitate client lifelong career development through assessment, educational planning, and cutting-edge technology;
  • Understand and apply counseling and consultation processes necessary to assist individuals, groups, and families, utilizing the ethics codes and ethical behaviors applicable to their professional identities and credentials;
  • Are able to understand and use group and family theories and methods to address systemic and ecological factors that affect the lives of those with whom they work;
  • Choose counseling assessment instruments based on their appropriateness and efficacy, being especially aware of racial and ethno cultural implications, while understanding the process, benefits, and limits of diagnosis and treatment planning;
  • Recognize the importance of seeking consultation and/or supervision from the professional community and of belonging to and participating in professional counseling organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels; and
  • Utilize effective, and when possible, empirically supported means of assisting clients in their growth and development, striving toward accountability through data collection and analysis.

* Coursework from the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program may be used in preparation for becoming a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC in Montana).


Program Outcomes - AY 2015-2016

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (MSCRMHC) program at Montana State University Billings (MSUB) is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  Following the CORE merger, July 1, 2017, the program will be completing application for dual program accreditation in clinical rehabilitation counseling/clinical mental health counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


»» CORE-CACREP Merger Frequently Asked Questions


The program has an open enrollment policy, admitting 18-20 students each year. On average, 44 students are enrolled and 14 graduate each year from the program. For AY 2015-16, 37 were enrolled and 18 graduated. The average time to complete the program is six semesters. Student learning outcomes are assessed at multiple points, using multiple measures for each of the CORE- CACREP based knowledge and skill domains. Program retention rate for AY 2015-2016 was 80 percent. Students/graduates of the program taking the national certification examination (CRC), during the reporting period October 21, 2012 through July 18, 2015, had a pass rate of 85 percent. The program curriculum meets the academic preparation requirements for licensure (LCPC) in Montana.


The program maintains a recommended ratio of FTE students to FTE faculty (10:1) and student headcount to advisor ratio (20:1) and an individual supervision equivalency (5:1) for students in their clinical/fieldwork placements. The program has three full-time, tenure-track, faculty who teach the CORE- CACREP based curriculum, and will be adding a fourth full-time, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position for the 2016-2017 AY.


The estimated cost for tuition and fees to attend the program (based on nine credits per semester) is approximately $2,500 for in-state residents and $4,500 for out-of-state residents. Available types of financial aid include student loans, graduate/research assistantships and tuition waivers, and scholarships. The program also works closely with Disability Support Services to assist students who qualify for the provision of reasonable accommodations so they may more fully participate in all aspects of their program.


The employment rate for program graduates is over 90 percent within the first 6 months of graduation. Graduates of the program have found employment in state and federal agencies; community based rehabilitation and mental health centers; hospitals and rehabilitation facilities; schools and universities; and other private and public social service organizations. 


»»  Program Evaluation Report AY 2016-2017


How to Apply

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies by the current graduate catalog deadline dates. No applications will be considered until all required information arrives at the Office of Graduate Studies. Application materials include:

  1. Completed MSU Billings Graduate School Application.
  2. Application essay. The essay will be no more than four typed pages, double-spaced, and answer the following questions: Why have you chosen this career path? What strengths or assets do you bring to the program? How have your personal experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in the counseling profession?
  3. Current vita or resume.
  4. Complete, official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can provide an evaluation of the applicant’s potential as a graduate student, professional abilities and potential for success in the field of counseling.
  6. Official notification of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.

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