Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Application Process

Below you will find the application process for the doctoral specialization in Counseling Psychology. Please note that the application deadline for Fall 2014 is December 2, 2013. Applicants invited for interviews will be notified by early January, 2014. Interviews will be held on January 21, 2014. If this presents a problem for you, please e-mail Dr. Stephen Wester, Training Director, with your concerns at Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by mid February, 2014. (Note: certain materials must be received by the Graduate School, while others are sent directly to the Department of Educational Psychology).

The application process consists of two parts: A) Applying to the UWM Graduate School and B) Applying to the Department of Educational Psychology.

A. To the UWM Graduate School

1) Applicants must complete the Graduate School Application Form online at Click on "Apply for Admission" and follow the instructions.

2) One copy of official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits (if any) the applicant has accumulated to date at other institutions of higher learning must be submitted to the Graduate School. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for this to be done.

Admission applications cannot be processed until all official transcripts have been received by the Graduate School.

3) Request that an official copy of your GRE scores be sent to the Graduate School (Institution Code 1473 for the paper-based test). Scores more than five years old will not be considered. The GRE must be taken before completing the graduate school application. Score reporting options are provided at the time of testing. If you wish to obtain a copy of scores from a previous administration of the GRE, you can request scores by contacting Educational Testing Services at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

4) Finally, the Graduate School application also requires a "Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study." Applicants are urged to take special care in describing long range goals, how they see themselves fitting into UWM's program, which has an urban and multicultural emphasis, and relating experiences which influenced their decision to pursue counseling.

Send materials to:
Graduate School Office
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

B. To the Department of Educational Psychology (Counseling Psychology Specialization):

1) Have letters of recommendation sent to the department by November 26. Recommendations must be sent directly by the authors in signed, sealed envelopes; the letters themselves must also be signed. We must receive hard copies with original signatures: copied, faxed, or digitized letters will not be accepted. Please submit letters of recommendation from three appropriate persons that can comment meaningfully and knowledgeably on the likelihood that you can successfully complete an advanced scholarly program of study for the Ph.D. degree. It is helpful if the majority of references are written by college/university faculty. At least one reference must be from an academic source. In any case, select people who can comment with confidence on your academic qualifications. Be sure references are as recent as possible, ordinarily no more than one year old.

2) Send a copy of your Statement of Reasons for Graduate Study to the department. Be sure to indicate you are applying for the 'Counseling Psychology' specialization. If you have not already done so (in your Statement of Reasons for the Graduate School application) please articulate your research interests and goals, the relation of these interests and goals to urban issues, your intention to specialize in Counseling Psychology, and any faculty members with whom you are interested in working.

Send materials to:
Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Admissions
Department of Educational Psychology, SOE
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413