MS Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science: Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program

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Semester General
International Students
Fall 2019 Application DUE
March 1, 2019




The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is NOT required for Rehabilitation Counseling. International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL test scores over two years old are not accepted.


Completed applications are first screened by the UH Mānoa Graduate Division’s Admission Office.  Applications that meet the requirements of the Graduate Division are forwarded to the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science‘s graduate Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program where applications are subjected to a more comprehensive and intensive review by the graduate faculty.  The Rehabilitation Counselor Education program faculty then makes a recommendation to the Department Chair to either admit or deny the applicant. 

The final decision to make a formal offer of admission rests with the Graduate Division, which takes into full consideration the recommendation of the graduate program.  Admission is valid only for the semester for which a student was accepted.  The Graduate Division notifies each applicant of its decision. 

**NOTE:  The application process is a TWO-PART process**

Part I:  Submit Graduate Division 

1.   APPLY ONLINE to Graduate Admissions 

2.  Application Fee:  $100, non-refundable

3.  Official transcript for each post-secondary institution attended

4.  Residency Declaration Form (only if claiming Hawaii residency or statutory exemptions)

Part 2:  Submit to KRS 

1.  KRS Specialization Form

2. Recommendation Form - 3 total

3.  Statement of Objectives

4.  Current Résumé

Mail KRS Application Materials to:
KRS Graduate Chair
1337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A 231
Honolulu, HI 96822


Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the application deadline? Applications for the start of each Fall semester is March 1.
2. Does your program offer Spring Admissions? No, admissions are for the Fall semester only.
3. Are official transcripts needed to apply, or can I submit unofficial copies? Unofficial copies may be submitted when first applying, however, official copies will be needed after admission before you can enroll at the University.
4. What materials are needed for my application? The application is a 2 step process. Graduate admissions applications, with a $100 fee and official transcripts, are needed to apply to be a graduate student at UHM. The RCEP requires 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives, a current resume, and a KRS specialization form to be submitted directly to the department.
5. How long is the program? 3 years; 48 credits
6. What is the acceptance rate for your program? 95%
7. Approximately how many students are admitted to your program each year? 10
8. What is the faculty-to-student ratio at your program? 12:1
9. What is the average completion rate of the program? 94%
10. Why does this program has a range of 48-60 credit hours listed within a 3 year period? Our program is typically 48 credits (3 years). Some students had wanted to pursue a licensure in mental health counseling. In order to do so, they would need to take an additional 12 credits and do additional fieldwork under a licensed mental health professional.
11. Is the program accredited? Yes the program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
12. What practicum/internship opportunities are available for students and how are they assigned? Students participate in 3 fieldwork semesters (one practicum and two internships). The fieldwork is in students own communities. Dr. Yamamoto has extensive contacts in the state of Hawaii and can assist students with placement in the islands. Students who live in other states will work with Dr. Yamamoto to actively participate and identify possible fieldwork sites (e.g., state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, Veterans administration, etc.).
13. I work full-time but would like to attend graduate courses. Does your program offer classes at times to accommodate a student working a full-time job or with family commitments? Definitely! Our program is a distance education program. Courses are offered  in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Synchronous courses start at 4:30 p.m. (HST) and run through 6:45 p.m.
14. Where are graduates of the program employed? Primarily graduates are employed as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for state vocational rehabilitation agencies, community rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Affairs, tribal rehabilitation counseling agencies, and private for profit rehabilitation agencies. Other graduates are serving as disability specialists at community colleges, employment specialists, etc.
15. Where can I learn more info? You may browse our website, contact our program at, or visit our facebook page: UH-Manoa Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program


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