Admission Requirements

Students enter doctoral study upon completion of a master's degree and at least one year of post-master's professional experience. The Master's Degree must be in Rehabilitation Counseling from an accredited graduate school. In addition, applicants are expected to have a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential or be eligible for certification. If the Master's Degree is in Counseling or a closely related field, the student will need to take the following courses as part of the doctoral requirements:

a) Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling,

b) Medical Aspects of Disability,

c) Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

d) Employment for Persons with Disabilities,

e) Vocational Assessment, and f) Professional Roles. In some cases the student may be required to complete a 600 hours rehabilitation counseling internship. 


The doctoral program requires a minimum of 100 graduate semester credits beyond the Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling or closely related field. The student adviser will determine what courses must be taken in order to fulfill the requirements.  


Applicants for admission are considered for fall, winter and spring. Factors considered for admission include academic performance of 3.50 or above in the Masters degree or an honor point average of 3.35 or above in the Masters degree and an honor point average of 3.75 in the CED Education Specialist Certificate program. In addition, admission to the Counselor Education Doctoral program with a Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling will include consideration of the following:

  • Academic aptitude for doctoral-level study;
  • Previous professional experience;
  • Demonstrated  rehabilitation counseling skills;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Adequate knowledge of rehabilitation counseling concepts and writers;
  • Commitment to the rehabilitation and counseling fields;
  • Potential for university teaching and research; and
  • Potential for professional leadership.

Application Dates

The Office of Graduate Admissions, located at 5057Woodward Avenue, Suite 6000, phone number (313) 577-4723, will make every effort to process applications in time for the semester of the applicant's choice. Applications received by the Rehabilitation Counselor Education secretary by the application deadlines noted below, will be considered for the approaching semester.

Term for Admission Application Deadline

  • Fall (September) May 1
  • Winter (January) November 1
  • Spring (May) March 1

Graduate School Admission Procedures

Applicants not previously enrolled at Wayne State University Graduate School are required to submit an "Online Application for Graduate Admission" form and official transcripts from each college or university attended to the University Office of Admissions, located in the Welcome center, 4th Floor, 42 West Warren, Detroit, MI 48202, phone number (313) 577-3577.

Students who have previously been accepted to the graduate Division should present their application directly to the Graduate Education Office, 489 College of Education. Students admitted initially to the Graduate School as "Special Students" or in a different major must complete a "Change of Status" form in order for their application to be considered. This can be accomplished by filling out the proper form in Room 489, College of Education.


A minimum of three letters of recommendations are required from persons who have knowledge of the applicant's educational and professional experiences. Two of the recommendations must be from college/university professors who have knowledge of the applicant's academic and scholarship potential (if Wayne State University student cannot use current counseling or rehabilitation counseling faculty). Recommendation forms are attached to the back of this brochure.  


An autobiographical statement is required of all applicants. The statement must describe the applicant's educational and professional history, and should include education and professional credentials, licensures and certifications, employment history, professional activities including membership in professional organizations, publications and unpublished documents. The autobiography statement should also explicitly elaborate on the student's:

  1. Interest in the Rehabilitation Counselor specialization.
  2. Reasons for seeking a Doctorate in Counselor Education.
  3. Professional and personal goals.
  4. Vocational aspirations. 

Please forward to the following address:

Rehabilitation Counseling
Wayne State University
311 College of Education, 5425 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

Admission Examinations

As part of the admission procedure, an examination will be administered during which the applicant will be asked to write on one of three questions submitted by the Rehabilitation Counselor Coordinator. These content areas will include:

  • Professional Roles
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Career Counseling and Development

The examination will be evaluated on the applicant's ability to write clearly and present content knowledge in an organized manner.

In addition, all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE, General Test) and have results forwarded to the following:

Rehabilitation Counseling
Wayne State University
311 College of Education, 5425 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

Examinations can be scheduled through University Counseling Services, Testing and Evaluation, Student Center Building (313) 577-3400.


Upon completion of all the above requirements, the applicant will be invited to meet with the advisory committee for an interview and question session. The interview committee will present their findings based on the application, written examinations, GRE scores, and the interview to the Counselor Education faculty who will make a recommendation.  

Financial Assistance

Sources of financial assistance for doctoral students are available through the department and include traineeship offered through the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Long-Term Training Grant. In addition, students can apply for the College of Education Scholarship awards as well as the Graduate School Scholarship Awards.