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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (5 year) (REF)
with a Concentration in Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling (ASA)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 51.2310
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Child and Family Studies Department (CFS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MHC 1632
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Chih Chou
Phone: 813-974-6233


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling trains counselors to work with physically, mentally, emotionally, and chemically disabled individuals. Training emphasizes psychological, social, medical, and vocational aspects of disability, and also the development and refinement of personal adjustment counseling skills. Graduates with this M.A. are prepared for careers as both rehabilitation specialists and mental health counselors.

The Department offers only the M.A. degree. Most students are admitted after earning a baccalaureate degree in one of the behavioral, social, health-related, or educational disciplines (REH). A Five-Year Program (REF)Five-Year Program (REF) is available to undergraduates with strong academic credentials, and undergraduates interested in this program should contact the department during their sophomore year. The Department offers several areas of concentration that may also lead to a certificate: (1) Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling; (2) Marriage and Family Therapy. and (4) Rehabilitation Technology. Each student may elect to pursue a program of specialization in any of these areas. The Addictions and Substance Abuse counseling program is approved by the Certification Board for Addictions Professionals of Florida (CBAPF Approved Provider #179A).

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). With additional course work and 3 years experience, graduates are also eligible to take the examination for state licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. For a complete description of the department and its program, visit the departments Web page at:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, and the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: August 31
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: August 31
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

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