Admission Procedure:

Admission Procedure:

The on-campus rehabilitation counseling program admits students every fall semester. The distance program option typically admits students once every three years, with the next expected start date being fall 2024.

GRE Examination
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants will not be asked to submit GRE scores.

Students must complete and submit two applications for graduate admission: 1) a Cal State Apply  application and 2) the Rehabilitation Counseling Program Application for Admission. We are not able to consider applicants who do not meet these deadlines. These applications will be available starting October 1, 2021.

Step 1: Applying to the ARPE Department (the program application)

Step 2: Applying to the University's Graduate Division

  • Submit the Cal State Apply application by March 1, 2022 and submit all supporting materials (e.g., transcripts) by April 1, 2022 for the on-campus program.
  • Select "Master's Degree or Higher" and then look for "Rehabilitation Counseling" under "San Diego Graduate” for the on-campus program.
  • Submit the required application fee with the Cal State Apply Application.
  • Have the following materials sent directly to Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Admissions Address:

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

  • Official transcript(s) delivered electronically or in sealed envelopes by April 1, 2022 for the on-campus program.
  • 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 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 may be available to qualified applicants. Please contact us for further information.

Please contact Dr. Mark Tucker, the RCP Program Coordinator, at or (619) 594-3498 for further information.