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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (MA)

Course Description

Program Overview

UBC has developed a state-of-the-art professionally-oriented program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling which follows the scientist-practitioner training model and prepares students for independent practice in a wide spectrum of vocational rehabilitation service areas such as vocational assessment, vocational individual and group intervention, adjustment and rehabilitative counselling, job development and placement, return-to-work planning, case and disability management, and research and program evaluation. Supervised clinical experience in a Vocational Rehabilitation setting as well as coursework on psychosocial and medical aspects of disability are included in the curriculum. The program is responsive to the needs of Canadian vocational rehabilitation professionals and provides a uniquely Canadian perspective on vocational rehabilitation counselling and the environment where it is delivered.

The curriculum has been developed in accordance with future program accreditation requirements, and prepares graduates for licensing by respective licensing bodies for vocational rehabilitation professionals.

The program normally admits students every three years. Please check with the program to see if applications are being accepted for the upcoming academic year.

Program Requirements

The program is broad and covers topics of relevance to the professional vocational rehabilitation counsellor such as vocational assessment of persons with disabilities, job placement, disability case management, counselling theory, and medical aspects of disability.

It is a 48 credits program including 15 credits of courses in Rehabilitation & Vocational Counselling, 9 to 12 credits of courses in Assessment (depending on the student's background), 18 credits of courses in Counselling and 6 credits of courses in Research Methodology. A supervised clinical experience in the vocational rehabilitation setting as well as coursework on psychosocial and medical aspects of disability are included in the curriculum.

The program is offered on a part time basis, to accommodate students currently working in the field, with classes arranged for late afternoon (4:30-7:00 pm) and additional spring and summer offerings.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling (MA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The applicant must have an undergraduate degree, preferably with a concentration in related areas such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, special education human resources management, or nursing. The applicant will normally be required to have work experience, either paid or volunteer. Letters of reference attesting to the applicant's personal suitability for the field will be required.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $6,598.41, International $8,270.58

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Recipient: University of British Columbia

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