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 for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 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).

CACREP Vital Statics

In the academic year 2019-2020, there were 23 graduates from the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. The average time to complete the program is three years. The program completion rate for AY 2019-2020 was 85%. 91% of the graduates had obtained employment on or before graduation. The program has an open enrollment policy, admitting 30 students in the AY 2019-2020. The program curriculum meets the academic preparation requirements for licensure (LCPC) in Montana and (CRC) nationally. Data regarding the NCE and CRC examinations are not available for 2019-2020; however, our graduates are very successful at obtaining licensure.

The program maintains a recommended ratio of FTE students to FTE faculty (12:1) and an individual supervision equivalency (6:1) for students in their clinical/fieldwork placements. The program has four full-time, tenure-track, faculty who teach the CACREP based curriculum.

The estimated cost for tuition and fees to attend the program (based on nine credits per semester) is approximately $2,700 for in-state residents and $7,500 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.

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.

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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. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) will be waived for students with a 3.0 or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree.
  7. Official notification of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT).

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