UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Preliminary Examination Dates

Medical imaging Carillon Tower Glass blowing Laptop and lecture A smiling student Sunrise over the Education Building Chairs on the Memorial Union Terrace Bascom hall staircase Graduating students in silhouette Crowd of people on Bascom Hill A student tutoring Student with diploma Dance Department performance Night view of Bascom in the winter Memorial Union Terrace in autumn Memorial Union Terrace chairs Dance department performance Bucky Badger in front of a parade float Bascom Hall in the summertime Lincoln statue Students walking in the snow University of Wisconsin - Madison Crest Lincoln statue in the snow Forward Logo Student at graduation Bicycle in the snow Rathskellar Fireplace Sailboat with Capitol Building in the background A sailboat at the Memorial Union Bascom Hill in Autumn Bucky Badger studying with a student. Students among blooming trees at UW-Madison Bucky reading a book University flag on Bascom Hill Video camera view screen Student on a frozen lake Lincoln Statue on Bascom Hill Bascom Hill in winter Students collaborating Memorial Union Terrace chairs in the snow Kohl Center logo Graduates with diplomas A hands-on project Stacked, illuminated figures View from the top of Van Hise


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

Preliminary Examinations

The doctoral preliminary examination includes three components, all of which include both written and oral presentations.  The clinical case study is an in-depth reflection on a single counseling case, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of counselor.  The supervision case study is an in-depth reflection on a relationship with one supervisee, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of supervisor.  The dissertation proposal includes a literature review and method section for a proposed dissertation project, and serves as an exemplar of academic and scientific proficiency.

The Doctoral Training Committee has created a rubric for scheduling administrations of the clinical case study and the supervision case study (Preliminary Examination Parts 1 and 2).

Both Preliminary Exams will typically be administered on Monday (clinical) and Tuesday (supervision) of final exams week during the spring and fall semester, unless changed by faculty vote. The following is the exam schedule through Spring 202​3.


Semester Clinical Prelim Exam Supervision Prelim Exam

Spring Commencement /
Fall Graduation Date

Fall 2020 Monday, Dec 14 Tuesday, Dec 15 Sunday, Dec 13
Spring 2021 Monday, May 3 ​Tuesday, May 4 ​Friday, May 7
 Fall 2021
 Monday, Dec 20
 Tuesday, Dec 21
Sunday, Dec 19
 Spring 2022
 Monday, May 9
Tuesday, May 10
 Friday, May 13
 Fall 2022
 Monday, Dec 19
 Tuesday, Dec 20
Sunday, Dec 18
 Spring 2023
 Monday, May 8
 Tuesday, May 9
 Friday, May 12


Dissertation proposal meetings are scheduled on an individual basis.  At least 4 weeks before your planned proposal date, contact the department's ​Student Services Coordinator (​SSC), and complete the Dissertation Proposal Defense Request Form.  This form requires your advisor's signature, certifying his or her approval of your proposal document.  This form provides the ​SSC with the information needed to obtain your Preliminary Warrant from the Graduate School.  In addition, it provides a list of committee members and possible proposal dates, which the ​SSC will use to coordinate your proposal meeting.

© 2020 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System • Privacy Notice • Please contact the School of Education External Relations Office with questions, issues or comments about this site.