Graduate opportunities

The Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services provides course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. The courses are offered online or in campus-based formats to accommodate the needs of students entering the field of rehabilitation counseling as well as those who are currently employed in agencies serving individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to provide you with the best educational experience possible in a strong student-centered environment.

Upon graduation, you’re also eligible for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor and state licensure as a professional counselor.

Outstanding support

You’ll receive intensive supervision and mentoring from nationally and internationally known faculty members as well as experts in the field who serve as adjunct instructors.

The course work is integrated with service learning through the on-campus Wellness and Employment Learning Laboratory (UNT WELL). This lab allows you to engage in cutting-edge research regarding evidence-based practices in disability and addiction rehabilitation.

Our faculty members are involved in a variety of research projects. Current research projects focus on:

  • Impact of disability in ethnic and cultural populations
  • Models of supported employment and community integration
  • Service delivery in the state vocational rehabilitation system
  • Substance abuse recovery and prevention
  • The impact of resilience on health outcomes

Our graduate program is ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in Texas according to U.S. News & World Report. We also are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703-535-5990).

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Office of Research Consulting offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and our program. The program admission process includes:

  • Completed departmental graduate program application
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé showing a minimum of one year of full-time employment
  • Two reference letters (one from a former instructor, the other from a former employer)
  • Personal interview with graduate faculty members

Degree requirements

The M.S. degree program consists of 60 credit hours of combined course work and practical experience. You can choose to complete a thesis (optional).

The required course work examines counseling, multicultural aspects of disability, assessment and case management, and the vocational rehabilitation process. Detailed information about course offerings is available in the catalog.

Financial assistance

Several graduate assistant positions are available each year to assist with faculty research. Out-of- state and international students who receive half- time assistantships also become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.

Additional financial assistance is provided through scholarships, first-year fellowships and McNair Fellowships. Information about these financial assistance programs is available from the department, the graduate school or financial aid.


Chandra Donnell Carey, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Psychiatric rehabilitation; multicultural issues in rehabilitation.

Denise Catalano, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Quality of life issues among individuals with disabilities; development, factors and processes of resilience; relationship of positive emotions to health and well-being.

Dalia Chowdhury, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University. Gender and disability; violence and trauma; HIV/AIDS, sexual behaviors and addictions; instrumentation.

Paula Heller-Garland, Senior Lecturer; M.S., Grand Canyon University. Substance abuse and addiction issues.

Linda L. Holloway, Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University. Professionalism; undergraduate education; supported employment; psychiatric rehabilitation; emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.

Elias Mpofu, Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Community and health services research; health promotion for vulnerable populations; health interventions in community settings; prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS; assessment and measurement related to improving community and individual well-being.

Rachita Sharma, Clinical Assistant Professor, Interim Chair of Rehabilitation Health Services; Ph.D., University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Transition issues faced by veterans in higher education; resilience; positive psychology; mindfulness; multicultural competencies in counseling.

Justin Watts, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Peer support for people in recovery; the counseling working alliance for individuals who experienced early trauma and are seeking treatment for substance dependence; Recovery Capital for college students in recovery.