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Counseling and Rehabilitation, M.A.

School of Medicine Columbia

Equip yourself to work as a professional counselor in mental health and rehabilitation. Empower your clients to develop psychological wellness and meet their personal, social, psychological and vocational goals.

Specialize in clinical rehabilitation counseling to develop clinical knowledge and skills in counseling to effectively work with persons who have disabilities, mental health disorders and addictions. Gain knowledge to earn national rehabilitation counselor and South Carolina licensed professional counselor credentials. A distance learning option is available.

Program Highlights

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    Nationally Accredited

    Earn a fully accredited degree by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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    Distance Learning

    Attend our classes virtually real-time or in-person in Columbia, SC. Full-time and part-time paths are available.

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    Keep Working

    Students enjoy that most classes are taught in the evenings, allowing full-time employment while pursuing the degree.

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    Learn by Doing

    Experience hands-on and applied skills opportunities throughout your courses.

What You’ll Study

Our dedicated and supportive faculty provide training in multiple areas, including individual and group counseling, assessment, diagnosis, advocacy and community program development. Rich partnerships create a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of faculty, professionals and persons with disabilities working together.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Therapeutic Intervention

    Using proven strategies to help individuals or groups achieve positive outcomes

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Substance Use/Addictions Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitator
  • Life Care Planner
  • Employee Assistance Program Coordinator

Workplace Settings

  • Private Practice
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public and Private Treatment Facilities
  • K-12 Education
  • Insurance
  • Government