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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
Career Couseling Track
Community Counseling Track

Admission Requirements

NOTE: No new applicants to the Community Counseling Track will be accepted after the Fall 2013 semester.  Starting with the Spring 2014 semester, two new tracks are available:  The Clinical Mental Health Couseling Track and the Career Counseling Track.

The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions seeks candidates with both strong academic potential and commitment to working in the community and with individuals with disabilities.  Related employment or volunteer experience is desirable but not an admission requirement.  Admission decisions are based on a review of all materials submitted with the application and take into account all aspects of the applicant including career goals, occupational background, relevant personal experiences, and academic performance and potential.  Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds who are interested in studying for a counseling degree are encouraged.  Scores on standardized tests such as the GRE are not required for admission.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Follow this link to complete the application online or download the application and you may also download an Admissions Booklet.  An application form can be mailed to you via regular mail by contacting Dr. Janice Oursler at (908) 889-2462 or by e-mail at
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Official Transcripts for degree must be submitted. Those who would like to apply in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree are encouraged to submit an application. These applicants may submit unofficial transcripts initially but must provide official transcripts indicating degree completion if offered admission to the program.
  • Written statement describing career goals, personal goals, and experiences as related to the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling and the track for which you are applying.
  • Two letters of recommendation on letterhead.
  • Personal interview by faculty.

In addition to the academic requirements for the program, students must be able to perform the essential functions required for a career in the health services field.  Applicants should review the SHRP Essential Functions for Participation in Courses available in the SHRP Student Handbook at, select Current Students and Student Handbook.   Applicants considering careers in the counseling field must be able to form effective interpersonal relationships both with individuals and in the context of small groups.  As part of preparation to become a counseling professional, students must be open to self-examination and to personal as well as professional self-development.  Students also must have basic technological competence and computer literacy.  This includes knowledge of word processing, e-mail, and Internet search. 

Accepted students will receive an admission packet including an acceptance letter, requirements for graduation form, and directions to access the Admissions Checklist website at  The Admissions Checklist outlines what is required to enroll in the program plus directions to download needed forms. It is essential to review the Admissions Checklist and follow directions for submitting the tuition deposit to reserve your place in the program and to obtain an e-mail account and PIN number to register on-line for classes.  It is also essential to obtain the required physical examination and immunizations and submit documentation to Student Health Services of meeting these requirements.  Accepted students who have questions should contact the Office of Enrollment Services Center at (973) 972-5336 or by email at and Dr. Janice Oursler, Program Director, at 908-889-2462 or by e-mail at

Information for military and veterans is available at, select Prospective Students and Military/Veterans.  For any questions or concerns regarding your SHRP VA Certification contact Jamaal Johnson, SHRP Assistant Registrar, at (973)-972-5764 or by e-mail at

Information for international students is available at, select Prospective Students and International Services. 

Applicants whose baccalaureate degree is not from the United States must submit an official copy of a transcript evaluation.  An evaluation may be arranged by contacting World Educational Services at Contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (973)-972-5336 or by e-mail at to learn about other acceptable agencies for transcript evaluation.

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information about TOEFL is available at

All application materials to apply for the degree are submitted to the:

Office of Enrollment Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Health Related Professions
Stanley S. Bergen, Jr. Building
65 Bergen Street, Room 149
Newark, NJ 07101-1709

It is important to contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (973)-972-5336 or by e-mail at periodically to check if all application materials have been received, and your application is complete.  Incomplete applications are not forwarded to the Department for the admissions interview.  Students are requested to notify Dr. Janice Oursler, Program Director at (908) 889-2462 or by email at when they submit their application materials to the Office of Enrollment Services.

Deadlines for application are April 15 for Summer, June 15 for Fall, and November 15 for Spring.  It is important to submit your application for admission  as early as possible so that there is adequate time for processing the application, arranging a personal interview, and reaching an admissions decisions before the start of the semester when you would like to begin your studies. 

Admission decision recommendations are made by the program’s selection committee.  Academic background, experience whether volunteer or paid in the human services field, and ability to perform essential functions are considered in assessing potential for success in the program and making admission decisions.  Admission decisions are sent to applicants by the Office of Enrollment Services.

Students may attend on a part-time or full-time basis.  Students can begin study in any semester, but  are encouraged to begin in the Fall or Spring semester. Completion of the degree requires attendance in the summer as certain required courses are only offered in this semester.






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