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Master of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Leadership Track Online

Program Overview


The Leadership Track Online

Since most students interested in pursuing this degree are not within commuting distance of either of our campuses the M.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Leadership Track is offered completely on-line via the Internet. An added benefit is that tuition for all Internet courses is charged at the in-state rate, even if you do not live in New Jersey.

Although all your courses will be available on-line, you will have the opportunity to meet and work directly with Department faculty at the annual conference of the United Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA). You are required to attend at least one annual conference or visit the Scotch Plains campus once annually.

In order to take courses online, you will need access to a PC or MAC computer, the Internet, Netscape or Internet Explorer, or other JAVA enabled software and print capabilities from your computer.

Program Overview

The M.S. degree program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Leadership Track is offered by the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. The mission of this Track is to prepare experienced mental health and rehabilitation professionals to become supervisors, managers, trainers/educators, and applied researchers in psychiatric rehabilitation, roles that professionals with graduate degrees are often called upon to perform in the field. This degree is offered on-line via the Internet. The degree can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis.

The field of psychiatric rehabilitation seeks to empower people with severe mental illness to pursue career, educational, social, and other life goals with success and satisfaction. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a leader in health professions education is ideally suited to provide this program in psychiatric rehabilitation.

The Leadership Track M.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a 36 credit degree. The course of study for the Leadership Track emphasizes the leadership skills needed for advancement to administrative and supervisory positions. This includes classes in management, supervision, organizational and program development as well as a firm background in the empirical basis of psychiatric rehabilitation including applied research.

Courses include important content about the practices that promote recovery such as:

  • Seminar in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Evidence-based and Promising Practices
  • Wellness & Recovery
  • Evidence-based Literature Review

In addition, leadership, management and supervision skills are addressed:

  • Program & Organizational Development in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Personnel Management & Supervision in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Non-profit Management
  • Program Evaluation

As part of the curriculum, all students complete a Practicum, an Independent Study project or a thesis to integrate knowledge and skills learned in course work. With the permission of the Program Director for the Leadership Track and of the agency, students employed in relevant settings may complete these experiences at their job sites.

Professionals with expertise in Psychiatric Rehabilitation assist individuals with severe mental illness to pursue life goals of their choice with both success and satisfaction. Goals may relate to career, education, independent living or social roles in the community. Professionals with master’s degrees in psychiatric rehabilitation find employment in many settings that provide mental health services. Currently, professionals with graduate degrees in psychiatric rehabilitation are in high demand in New Jersey and the surrounding regions as well as nationally. Additionally, the curriculum for the M.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation includes the important knowledge and skill areas for seeking the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential through the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).

General Information and Questions about the Leadership Track of the M.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation:

Amy Spagnolo , Ph.D.

Program Director

Telephone: (908) 889-2544 or e-mail:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

School of Health Professions

Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions

1776 Raritan Rd., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076







Rutgers School of Health Professions



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