Rehabilitation Counseling


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Post-master’s certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling – This is an existing program but is not accepting new students at this time due to changes in the degree.

Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling

Be aware this program has onsite components and is not completely online.

For international students this program meets 80% online and may not meet I-20/Visa requirements.

Departmental Program Support Advisor Contact Information

Amber Bartolotta

Phone:  501.569.3470


Location:  Dickinson room 515G

Program Coordinator Contact Information


Dr. James Grover

Phone: 501.683.7084



Dr. Wallace Dent Gitchel Jr.

Phone: 501.569.8555


Admission Requirements


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative
  • For candidates who will be seeking to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam, the CRC Commission requires a master’s degree in an accepted discipline and up to three years’ work experience as a rehabilitation counselor verified in writing by your employer. One year of employment must be under the supervision of a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in order to be able to sit for the national examination.


All applicants must have completed a successful personal interview with a program faculty member or a designated representative.

Regular Admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (3.25 in the last 60 hours)
  • If the student’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.00 overall or 3.25 in the last 60 hours, achieving the following minimum scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): (Old Version) 440 on the Verbal and 560 on the Quantitative Scales or (New Revision) 149 on the Verbal and 146 on the Quantitative scales or a scaled score of at least 391 on the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) will permit regular admission. For employed Rehabilitation Counselors who do not meet this standard, please see “Conditional Admission, Admissions Portfolio” below.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution

Conditional Admission:

Note: “Condition” means that the student must make a B or greater in the first 12 hours taken in the UALR Rehabilitation Counseling curriculum.

There are two categories within conditional admission:

  • Admission of students based on GPA for graduate hours at other accredited institutions: students not qualifying for regular admission based on their undergraduate grade point averages may be admitted to the program on “condition” if they have successfully completed a minimum of 9 semester hours in a relevant graduate program at UALR or another regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of B or greater in each course taken.
  • Admission based on an Admissions Portfolio (For employed Rehabilitation Counselors only): Employed Rehabilitation Counselors have the option to submit a satisfactory Admissions Portfolio of academic and professional work to obtain conditional admission. The guidelines for the portfolio are available from the program coordinator. Letters of reference are not required unless specifically requested by the program coordinator.

See website for more information

Visit the Rehabilitation Counseling website here.