Admission Procedure: On-Campus and Distance Programs

Admission Procedure: On-Campus and Distance Programs

Students must complete and submit two applications for graduate admission: 1) a Cal State Apply  application and 2) the College of Education's online application. All applicants must also take the GRE and submit all required supplemental materials by the dates listed below to be considered for admission. We are not able to consider applicants who do not meet these deadlines.

Step 1: Applying to the ARPE Department

  • Complete the department application with the following deadlines:
    • On-campus program: April 1, 2018. Distance program: August 1, 2018
  • Complete the Rehabilitation Counselor Program Application for Admission. On-campus program applicants--Select "Rehabilitation Counseling Program-On-Campus." Distance program applicants - Select "Rehabilitation Counseling-Distance"
  • Financial aid is available for those interested in the Rehabilitation Counseling Masters degree. Instructions on how to apply and other information about financial aid can be found at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Website.

Step 2: Applying to the University's Graduate Division

  • On-campus applicants: Complete the Cal State Apply by March 1, 2018. Distance students - August 1, 2018
  • On-Campus Applicants: Select "Masters Degree or Higher" and then look for "Rehabilitation Counseling" under "San Diego Graduate"
  • Distance Applicants: Select "Masters Degree or Higher" and then look for "Rehabilitation Counseling" under "San Diego Extension"
  • Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate Applicants: Select "Certificate" under degree type in the "San Diego Extension" group of programs.
  • Submit the required application fee with the Cal State Apply Application.
  • Have the following materials mailed directly to Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions Address:

Graduate Admissions
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  • On-campus applicants: Official transcript(s) in sealed envelopes by April 1, 2018. Distance program applicants - August 1, 2018
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test scores (There is no set G.R.E. score needed to enter the program, however, you must have a G.R.E. score. The GRE school code for our program is 4682). On-campus applicants: GRE scores need to be received by April 1, 2018. Distance applicants: August 1, 2018
  • TOEFL Test Scores (for International Students only)

Step 3: Campus Interviews

  • All applications will be initially reviewed by Rehabilitation Counseling Program faculty. Following this review, a select group of students will be invited to interview for admission to the program. Applicants to both the on-campus and distance programs will be interviewed by a Rehabilitation Counseling Program faculty member. Interviews are held once an applicant's materials have been submitted (i.e., both to Cal State Apply and to the Rehabilitation Counselor Program Application for Admission). Interviews typically occur February through May, but are sometimes conducted earlier once all materials have been submitted and the applicant is determined to be eligible for admission consideration.

Step 4: Consideration for Stipend Funding

  • Stipend funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration is available for qualified applicants. Please contact us for further information.

Please contact Craig Winton, the RCP Academic Coordinator, at or 619-594-6406 for further information.