Rehabilitation Counseling & Disability Sciences


Virtual Information Session

Please join us for an online information session on May 15, 2024 from 12 noon - 1pm EST to learn more about the Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences (RCDS) Online Master's Program at USF.

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Do you have a passion for serving and advocating for people with disabilities? Join USF's new Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences (RCDS) online master's program!

The fully online Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Sciences (RCDS) at USF  trains counselors to work with persons with physical, mental, emotional, and chemical disabilities. Training emphasizes psychological, social, medical, and vocational aspects of disability, and the development and refinement of personal adjustment counseling skills. Graduates with this M.A. are prepared for careers as both rehabilitation counselors and professional disability specialists.

With the increasing demands for rehabilitation counselors, this online curriculum allows easy access for prospective students who maybe working full-time, residing outside the Tampa Bay area, and/or having limited resources to attend a traditional educational program.

After completion of this program, students are eligible to become credentialed as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors.  With this national certification, students will be licensed and prepared to work for various agencies serving people with disabilities. In addition, students graduating with this degree can obtain leadership positions in human resources and other agencies advocating for disability rights and disability justices.

RCDS Mission and Program Objectives

Program Announcement

sample our curriculum

As part of the Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability course, students hear from guest speakers who share their personal experiences with disabilities. Listen in on a sample here.