Admission Criteria

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation Counseling

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application. The university application fee of $85 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999


*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Earned master's degree from an accredited institution in a field related to Rehabilitation Counseling with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the doctorate degree.
  • Submission of 3 letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • Documentation of 2 years of experience with people with disabilities.
  • Personal Interview.
  • GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. Learn more about TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test Minimum Scores 
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES). Learn more about
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum  of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. 
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport.

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