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Rehabilitation (PHD) 
Program Description


Rehabilitation counselors and others who wish to enhance their leadership, teaching and research skills often pursue the doctoral degree program. Applicants must meet all the academic requirements of the University of Arizona Graduate College and hold a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from a CORE-accredited program or have completed basic coursework in counseling theories, principles of rehabilitation, medical aspects of disability, psychosocial aspects of disability and a counseling practicum/internship. Doctoral courses may take place entirely on the Tucson campus or participants may complete the first 18 units on campus and finish the remaining units through a work-study model. While guidelines regarding doctoral course requirements are provided, a doctoral sequence of study is uniquely developed to meet the goals and needs of an individual candidate.

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Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.

The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:

·         Two Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069.  You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.

·          International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

·         Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)

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Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.



College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
Director of Graduate Studies
Carl J Liaupsin
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Requirements

Three (3) letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and SIGNED. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.
Personal interview
Relevant experience (one (1) year preferred)
A masters degree from a CORE accredited Rehabilitation program. If a student has a different degree, he/she may have to take a deficiency coursework determined by the faculty
Two official copies of transcripts from institutions attended
GRE scores must not be older than two years

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
GRE Verbal:
GRE Quantitative:
GRE Written:

Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

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Admissions Deadlines

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International Applicants:

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements


Minor Requirements

Students must also minor in a

related academic area which (1) is directly applicable to the field of rehabilitation and (2) is associated with a Ph.D. major area of concentration (e.g., sociology, special education, psychology, school psychology, higher education, educational leadership, and child development).

The student and the members of his/her Minor Committee plan course work for the minor. A doctoral plan of study must be

approved by his/her Major and Minor Committee.

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate n/a
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 4.25
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 0%
Enrollment Percent Female 100%
Enrollment Percent International 33%
Enrollment Percent URM 0%

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Last revised 16 Nov 2017