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Application and Admissions

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program is located in the northwest corner of the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences/Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) building, room MHC 1632 view a map. The mailing address and telephone number for the Program are:

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program
Department of Child and Family Studies
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 1632, Box 12
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
Telephone: (813) 974-2855
Fax: (813) 974-8080

Prospective students should contact:
Dr. Chih-Chin Chou, PhD, CRC, Program Director
Telephone: (813) 974-6233

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program demonstrates respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity, and avoids any actions that would restrict program access or completion on grounds that are irrelevant to success in graduate training of the profession. Students are admitted in Fall semesters only. The application deadline is January 15th for fall semester admissions. International students please refer to the International Admissions-Office of Admissions website page for all international deadlines.

Applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an online Graduate Application indicating Rehabilitation Counseling as the selected major.
  2. Submit all required documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions which will include 3 Letters of Recommendation, current resume, official GRE scores, and statement of purpose. Specific details regarding document requirements are listed on the application. Required documents will NOT be accepted by mail, fax or email to the RMHC Program. All documents MUST be uploaded via the application or sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Failure to submit required documentation to the Office of Graduate Admissions could lead to an application being considered incomplete.
  3. Pay the $30 application fee as required by the application.

Please note: Applicants are expected to have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on all course work beyond 60 credit hours at the bachelor's degree level from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution. All GRE waiver requests should be sent to after complete submission of the application.

Enrollment is limited and applications are judged competitively. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students typically enter the Program after earning a bachelor's degree in a social, behavioral or health sciences related disciplines, but no specific undergraduate major is required.