BUFFALO, N.Y. – BestRehabCounselingDegrees.com has
recognized the University at Buffalo’s online master’s
of science in rehabilitation counseling as the top online rehab
counseling programs in the nation.
UB’s online rehabilitation program, which began four years
ago under David Burganowski, PhD, research professor and program
director, placed first in the site’s ranking, a jump from a
previous rank of eighth by a similar site,
thebestcolleges.org. UB’s on-campus graduate program in
rehabilitation counseling is ranked 23rd in the nation by U.S. News
and World Report.
“The fact that our online program is ranked number one in
the country and our on-campus program is also highly ranked
certainly demonstrates the quality of our curriculum and the
dedication of our faculty,” said Burganowski.
BestRehabCounselingDegrees.com is a website dedicated to
providing information and insight into the best schools from which
to obtain degrees in rehabilitation counseling. Other highly ranked
programs include those at University of Wisconsin, University of
Massachusetts and George Washington University.
UB’s ranking by the site comes soon after the online
program underwent an overhaul to meet the new accreditation
standards set by the Counsel on Rehabilitation Education (CORE),
which is the highest standard for rehabilitation counseling
certification. CORE granted UB the maximum eight years of full
accreditation through 2020.
UB’s online and on-campus rehabilitation counseling
programs are identical in terms of requirements and curriculum,
however. The two are separated by their delivery method, said
Burganowski. He added that the 48 credit-hour online program brings
in faculty from around the country, most of whom are current
Unique to online degrees, the program does not require students
to travel to UB to meet with their instructors and colleagues.
Students enroll in two online courses per semester during their
first two years, and then complete an internship in their own
communities during their final year.
“Many of our students have families, jobs and other
personal commitments. So being able to complete two courses each
semester is a good fit for them,” said Burganowski.
Because the degree can be completed anywhere, the program has
attracted students from as far as Brazil, Spain and
“We have a student who is a veteran in the demilitarized
zone between North Korea and South Korea,” said Burganowski.
“This is just another example of how the distance-learning
model can work.”
Upon completion of the online program, students receive their
master’s degree and are required to sit for the Certified
Rehabilitation Counselor exam, a nationally recognized
certification. For more information about the program, go to http://gse.buffalo.edu/online/rehab.