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Thomas University online master’s degree in counseling makes top 40 list

The website Best Masters Programs this week announced that Thomas University’s Master of Science Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling has been named to its list “Best Online Master’s in Counseling Programs 2015.” The list includes the top 40 online master’s degree programs of all programs in the nation. Thomas University’s program was ranked number 38.

“Our Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Ann Landis, TU Executive Vice President and Provost. “Our faculty have current expertise in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling, are dedicated to helping graduate students become counseling professionals, and are adept at engaging students in the online learning environment.”

Twenty-two students graduated from the Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program at TU during the 2013-2014 academic year.  This semester, 122 students are enrolled in the program.

“This honor confirms the continued dedication to our students by faculty members,” said Dr. Claire Dede Avery, Chair of the Division of Counseling and Psychology. “The Division has faculty members dedicated to guiding our students in achieving their academic dreams. As a fully online program, our students are able to continue in their current career and reside in their community while achieving their academic pursuits.”

To develop its rankings, Best Masters Programs used publicly available data including student-to-faculty ratios, percentage of faculty with terminal degrees, admission and retention rates, estimated cost and counseling-specific accreditation.

“There is an increasing need in the U.S. for professionals who can provide this kind of counseling,” Landis said. “Thomas University has put our energies into developing the program – as well as the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies – as an online program so that we can help to meet the need in as many regions of the country as we can.”

One of the advantages of TU’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is its small class size.

“We generally have only 10 students per class, and with advanced technology, professors are able to create virtual classroom settings that help foster community and success in our graduates,” Avery said.  “This nontraditional approach to graduate-level education provides flexibility and allows our students to customize their learning experiences.”

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

“Within the next month we will complete our application for additional accreditation through CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs,” Avery said.  “Very few programs have this dual accreditation, and we are committed to preparing our students for the demands of the counseling professions.”

Because of its reputation and accreditations, graduates of this program are eligible to obtain national certification as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor and/or a licensed mental health counselor.

“This unique program provides students with the skills and knowledge to advance in a high-demand profession,” Avery said.  “We have experienced faculty nationwide who are recognized leaders in the field and provide our students with ‘real world’ application in practice.”

Because of the high-demand field, TU awarded $53,000 of grant funds as scholarships during this semester to Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students.

In addition to the master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, TU also offers a completely online bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Studies.

For more information about TU’s Master of Science Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, visit To view the complete list of “Best Online Master’s in Counseling Programs 2015,” visit



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