Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling


Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling offered by the School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling is designed primarily to prepare students to become rehabilitation educators, researchers and administrators, and additionally offers the academic preparation to become certified as rehabilitation counselors. The degree focuses on advanced training in counseling specializing in working with people with disabilities and involves approximately two years of full time coursework plus a dissertation. This is a 66-semester credit hour program for graduates holding a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, but is offered to related disciplines that may require taking up to an additional 48 hours of Foundation courses (requires review of graduate transcript for possible course waivers).

This degree is unique to Texas and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, research and publishing, grant writing, and advanced rehabilitation counseling practice. Course descriptions provide further information about the courses. In preparing students to become scholars, 15 hours of statistics and research design are followed by 12 hours of dissertation once students have completed all coursework and successfully passed their comprehensive assessment.

Why a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from UTRGV…

  • We have the EXPERTS! - Within the School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling there are 13 tenured or tenure-track professors from Division I research schools across the country.
  • There is a DEMAND! The demand for rehabilitation educators, administrators and counselors are projected to not meet the supply over the next 10 years with approximately 50% of the workforce retiring.
  • Classes are CONVENIENT! - All courses are generally offered in the evenings and several leveling courses are also available on-line.
  • We offer SPECIALIZED COURSES! - Students have the flexibility to design their own specialty areas. Specialized courses are offered in rehabilitation administration, vocational assessment, forensic rehabilitation, addictions and assistive technology.
  • AFFORDABLE tuition!- UTRGV has one of the lowest tuition rates in the U.S. You will maximize the return on your graduate education.
  • Great LOCATION! - UTRGV is located in a tropical region called the Rio Grande Valley. We are 15 miles from the Mexican border and about an hour away from beautiful South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico.

Time to Degree: The average would be 3 years.

Total Credit Hours: 66 hours

Areas of Concentration: Professors of Rehabilitation Counseling, Professional Counselors or Rehabilitation Administrators.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Counseling - Doctoral Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures

This guide is intended to assist students and faculty to understand the structure, policies and procedures of the PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by providing an overview of degree requirements, curriculum, comprehensive exam, dissertation procedures, and matriculation sequence for graduation.

Degrees Awarded

Academic Year  Doctoral   Masters   Bachelors   Total 
2017-2018 8 54 225 287
2016-2017 1 31 274 306
2015-2016 0 46 295 341

Year    Doctoral   Masters   Undergraduate   Total 
2014 4 36 246 286
2013 2 46 119 167
2012 0 29 199 228
2011 0 37 148 185

 Enrollment Data

Year    Doctoral   Masters   Undergraduate   Total 
2016 33 135 762 930
2015 21 117 926 1064
2014 29 138 1016 1183
2013 29 118 1019 1166
2012 26 114 1019 1159
2011 27 99 750 876
2010 17 43 643 703