MS, Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science

Typical Length 3 years

Delivery Online



The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s (UHM) Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program (RCEP) provides graduate-level training designed to prepare students for a fulfilling career in Rehabilitation Counseling. RCEP is a three-year academic program leading to a Master’s of Science (MS) in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling.

The RCEP is conducted entirely online in both synchronous (meeting 1x/week) and asynchronous formats. Synchronous classes usually begin at 4:30 p.m. (HST) to accommodate working students. In addition, students participate in three semesters of field experiences in their own communities. This program delivers a high-quality learning experience that allows busy working professionals to earn their masterʻs degree and grow their career.

Who should consider this program

Individuals who are currently working in the field of vocational rehabilitation or interested in working in the field of vocational rehabilitation and/or working with persons with disabilities should apply.

Common careers

The Rehabilitation Counseling field is growing; employment opportunities following graduation include state vocational rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Affairs, private non-profit and for-profit rehabilitation and employment support agencies, mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment agencies, correctional facilities, and educational settings such as disability services offices at university and college campuses

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science – MS"

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Completed Baccalaureate Degree View This Task

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Hawaii Rehabilitation Counseling (HRC) program.

To check if you graduated from a UHM recognized institution contact the UHM Graduate Division at or (808) 956-8544.

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA View This Task

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Graduate Division at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) requires an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Some departments however may admit students with GPA’s that are below a 3.0. Departments consider the GPA along with other factors when making their admission decisions.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered, they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Hawaii Rehabilitation Counseling (HRC) program.

Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science: Hawaii Rehabilitation Counseling (HRC) Program
1337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A Complex
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-7976

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-7976
  3. Mail:
    • KRS Graduate Chair,
      11337 Lower Campus Rd PE/A 231,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 1 March 1
Spring N/A N/A
Summer N/A N/A

How to Apply
Tuition & Funding

Students enrolled in the RCE program will be assessed a tuition of $650 per credit (plus $5 fee per credit) regardless of their residence in a different state. Information on tuition and fees can be found under the UHM Outreach College website.

Financial support is available to qualified graduate students and may include scholarships awarded from the program’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) long-term training grant. Only students who have been admitted to the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program) are eligible to apply for a RSA Scholarship.

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (

Delivery Format

The RCEP (MS) is cohort-based, with students admitted only in the fall semester. Students take courses together throughout the 3 years of the program. In this cohort model, students build community and support structures within the program.

The RCEP courses are offered fully online in both a synchronous format (students meet as a cohort 1x/week with instructor) and asynchronous format (students complete assignments independently with no regularly scheduled meeting time). Courses are scheduled within the standard UHM semester. Students are also required to take 3 clinical courses (one practicum and two internship) with fieldwork in their own communities.


The RCEP is a 48-credit graduate program.

Note: Full list of courses should be in the handbook

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Coordinator