Master's Program

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program offers both a non-thesis and a thesis program. All students are initially admitted to the non-thesis program. There is no language requirement; however, a comprehensive examination is required of all students before the degree is awarded. For more information on requirements, courses and admission information, visit the 2020-2021 USF Academic Catalog.

  • Non-Thesis Program: Students in the non-thesis program must complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Post-Baccalaureate Program (REH). Electives may be taken from program offerings or from offerings outside the program with the consent of the student's advisor.
  • Thesis Program: Students may subsequently apply to the faculty for a thesis program. Students in a thesis program must complete a minimum of 60 hours in the Post-Baccalaureate Program (54-hour core curriculum plus a minimum of three hours of RCS 6970). An oral defense of the thesis is required.

COHORT PLANS OF STUDY & COURSE MATRIX / Sequence OF CLASSES

The RMHC Program uses a cohort model, with new students starting in the Fall semester of each year only.  Students follow a plan of study (options below) *.  We do not offer Spring and Summer entrance.    

Select a Plan of Study to show courses for each semester:

Full Time Student - Plan A

Full Time Student - Plan A
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Medical Aspects of Disability Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Practicum 1 Human Growth and Development
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Human Sexuality Research or Elective 1
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Social and Cultural Foundations Psychopathology Practicum 2
Individual Evaluation and Assessment Career and Lifestyle Assessment Elective 1 or Research
Group Theories Counseling Theories  
Elective 2    
3rd Fall
Internship

Full Time Student - Marriage and Family Therapy Track

Full Time Student - Marriage and Family Therapy Track
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Dynamics of Marriage and Family Therapy Research or Fundamentals of Substanse Abuse Counseling
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Medical Aspects of Disability Group
Rehab: Concepts and Application Psychopathology Human Sexuality
  Career and Lifestyle Assessment  
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Practicum I Practicum II MFT Fundamentals of Substanse Abuse Counseling or Research
Family Therapy, Theory and Techniques Marital Therapy, Theory and Techniques Human Growth and Development
Individual Evaluation and Assessment Counseling Theories  
Social and Cultural Foundations    
3rd Fall
Internship

Full Time Student - Addictions and Substance Abuse Track

Full Time Student - Addictions and Substance Abuse Track
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Research Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Medical Aspects of Disability Group
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Psychopathology Human Sexuality
  Career and Lifestyle Assessment  
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Practicum I Practicum II Substance Abuse Certificate - Elective
Professional Skills for Addictions Counselors Counseling Approaches for Substance Abusers Human Growth and Development
Individual Evaluation and Assessment Counseling Theories  
Social and Cultural Foundations    
3rd Fall
Internship

Full Time Student - RSA Scholar Plan of Study

Full Time Student - RSA Scholar Plan of Study
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Practicum 1 Human Growth and Development
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Medical Aspects of Disability Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Career and Lifestyle Assessment Custom Employment Strategies in Rehab
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Critical Thinking, Skills & Collaboration Psychopathology Practicum 2
Individual Evaluation and Assessment Research Advanced Case Management & Quality Documentation
Group Theories Counseling Theories CRC Review (1 credit)
Social and Cultural Foundations Human Sexuality  
3rd Fall
Internship

Full Time Student - Plan B

Full Time Student - Plan B
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Medical Aspects of Disability Practicum 1
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Human Sexuality Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Research or Career & Lifestyle Assessment Elective 1
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Elective 2 Psychopathology Practicum 2
Individual Evaluation and Assessment Career & Lifestyle Assessment or Research Human Growth and Development
Group Theories Counseling Theories Elective (Alternative Option)
Social and Cultural Foundations    
3rd Fall
Internship

Part Time Student - Plan of Study

Part Time Student - Plan of Study
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Medical Aspects of Disablity Human Growth & Development
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Human Sexuality Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Psychopathology Practicum 1
Social and Cultural Foundations Research Elective 1
3rd Fall 3ed Spring 3rd Summer
Individual Evaluation & Assessment Counseling Theories Practicum 2
Group Theories Career & Lifestyle Assessment  Elective 2
4th Fall
Internship

Part Time Student - Marriage and Family Therapy Track

Part Time Student - Marriage and Family Therapy Track
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Medical Aspects of Disablity Dynamics of Family Therapy
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Career and Lifestyle Assessment Human Sexuality
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Legal/Ethical Psychopathology Substance Abuse or Research
Family Therapy, Theory and Technique Marital Therapy Theory and Technique Human Growth & Development
3rd Fall 3rd Spring 3rd Summer
Practicum 1 Counseling Theories Research or Substance Abuse
  Practicum 2 MFT Group Theories
4th Fall 4th Spring  
Social & Cultural Foundations Individual Evaluation & Assessment  
Individual Evaluation & Assessment    

Part Time Student - Addictions and Substance Abuse Track

Part Time Student - Addictions and Substance Abuse Track
1st Fall 1st Spring 1st Summer
Foundations of Mental Health Counseling Medical Aspects of Disablity Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling
Rehabilitation Counseling: Concepts & Applications Career & Lifestyle Assessment Human Sexuality
2nd Fall 2nd Spring 2nd Summer
Legal/Ethical Issues & Professional Standards Psychopathology Human Growth & Development
Professional Skills for Addictions Counseling Counseling Approaches for Substance Abusers Certificate Elective or Research
3rd Fall 3rd Spring 3rd Summer
Practicum 1 Counseling Theories Research or Certificate Elective
  Practicum 2 Group Theories
4th Fall 4th Spring  
Social and Cultural Foundations Internship  
Individual Evaluation & Assessment    

*Please Note: Students are expected to complete 3 semesters of field placement experience. Hours accrued during this time at agencies are in addition to classroom hours. 

Course Matrix / Schedule of Classes

  • Fall & Spring:
    Morning = 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
    Afternoon = 2:00 – 4:45 pm
    Evening = 6:00 – 9:15 pm
  • Summer Session C:
    Morning = 9:00 am – 1:15 pm
    Evening = 6:00 – 10:15 pm
  • Summer session A:
    varies

Classes are delivered in a combinaton of fully online, hybrid and classroom options. The options are shown in the course matrix.