Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with Advanced Standing

45-60 credit hours
Project

Candidates who hold a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology or other relevant degree or international students holding a relevant professional degree from outside the U.S. and who have completed the equivalent of the first semester’s required courses may qualify for up to 15 credit hours of advanced standing in the Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program.

Admission with advanced standing may allow the candidate to complete the Master of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling degree in one-and-a-half years (three semesters), depending on prior preparation. The regular master’s program in rehabilitation and mental health counseling requires 60 credit hours post-bachelor’s usually completed over the course of two years. However, applicants who meet the admissions requirements and already have some qualifying graduate-level coursework may be eligible for advanced standing. In addition, Illinois Institute of Technology undergraduate students who meet the criteria for regular admission to the master’s program can consider completing their master’s degree more quickly by smart use of their electives. In the junior and senior years, qualified students can take graduate courses in RMHC to meet their undergraduate elective requirements.

For a course to be accepted towards advanced standing, the student needs to obtain a grade of "B" or better. Candidates may be asked to provide additional evidence on their previous coursework, including projects and course syllabi, to determine eligibility for advanced standing. Candidates will be notified upon admission as to their acceptance of advanced standing.

Interested students should speak to their undergraduate advisers in the fall of their sophomore or junior year and work closely with the head of the division of counseling and rehabilitation science throughout to ensure proper course sequencing.

Curriculum

The following courses may be considered towards advanced standing in the M.S. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. They can be taken as part of required or elective courses for the B.S. in Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. If taken as an undergraduate, these courses do not have to be repeated for the graduate program. Students should also work closely with their undergraduate academic adviser to best plan a program leading to the combined degrees in the shortest possible time. In the junior and senior year, and in consultation with the head of the division of counseling and rehabilitation science, students may take the following courses:

PSYC 410Introduction to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
PSYC 411Medical Aspects of Disabling Conditions3
PSYC 412Multicultural and Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
PSYC 513Assessment in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling3
PSYC 523Introduction to Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSYC 562Job Placement3
PSYC 563Human Growth and Career Development3
PSYC 564Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Research Seminar3
PSYC 583Rehabilitation Engineering Technology I: Survey of Interdisciplinary Application of RET3
PSYC 590Psychiatric Rehabilitation3

Except as noted above, the requirements for this degree are the same as the Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.