UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Information for Prospective Master's Applicants

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Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-4174

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

Information for Prospective M.S. Applicants 

General Information

The Department of Counseling Psychology accepts applications for Fall enrollment between early September and January 5 for the M.S. program in Counseling Psychology. There is no option for Spring enrollment in the Department. The applicant is responsible for collecting, assembling, and submitting all the pieces of the application by the deadline.  Applicants should submit all their materials in electronic form.

Important - Please note that beginning Fall, 2015 the Masters curriculum ​was revised to be a 60 credit program completed over the course of 2 full years plus parts of 2 summers, designed to satisfy the State of Wisconsin licensure requirements that ​took effect in 2018. 

Informational Meetings

At multiple points during the Fall semester, the admission chair hosts informal information meetings for students interested in applying to the Masters program. The meetings are designed as a way of answering questions from prospective students who are able to attend them. They are in no way intended to screen potential applicants and attendance is not required to apply for either program.

Informational Meetings for Fall 2020

  • Friday,​ Oct. ​30, 20​20 from ​1​2:00pm - 1:00pm CST* (ONLINE) with Dr.​ Alberta M. Gloria
  • Friday, ​Nov. 27, 2020 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST* (ONLINE) with Dr. ​Alberta M. Gloria

*If you are interested in attending ​either informational meeting, please email Andrea Burdick (ampalm@wisc.edu) starting one week beforehand, and she will send you a web link so that you can join the virtual meeting. Thank you!

Important Dates

  • All MS applications are due January 5

Important Downloads

MS Information and Instructions for Fall 2020 Applicants

Application Procedure

Step 1. Complete the Graduate School on-line application, which consists of:
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (PDF copies)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Reasons for Graduate Study (1-3 pages, single-spaced)
  • Supplemental Application
  • Resume or CV
  • Application fee
Step 2. GRE and TOEFL test scores, submitted electronically directly from ETS. Use Institution Code:1846.  If you are unsure if TOEFL scores are required, please see the Graduate School's Requirements for Admission page.


Background Checks

Criminal background checks will be conducted for all undergraduate and graduate students admitted to UW-Madison School of Education programs that require field placements (e.g., practicum, student teaching, or clinical field experience).   For each student, the background investigation will include a full residency check, a background review for every state of residency and a check against additional offender databases.

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