Information for Prospective Ph.D. Applicants
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please read all of the information regarding the Department's requirements and the Graduate School requirements before you complete the on-line admissions process.
The Department of Counseling Psychology accepts applications for Fall enrollment between September 6 and December 1 for the Ph.D. 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 their materials in electronic form.
Post-BA And Post-MA Tracks
Most students who apply to and are enrolled in the Ph.D. program have earned a Master's degree (post-MA) in counseling or a related field. However, in Fall 2010, we began offering a “post-BA” track within our Ph.D. program for highly-qualified students who have not yet earned a Master's degree in counseling-related field and wish to apply directly to a Ph.D. program. Having a post-BA Ph.D. program allows us to accept qualified applicants to the Ph.D. program who may have work, volunteer, or research experience in counseling or a related profession, have exhibited a passion for helping others, and/or possess a masters degree in a non-counseling field. If you are unsure which option is right for you, review the PhD Program Entrance Requirements for both tracks.
Unlike students in our regular “post-MA” track (i.e., those who enter with a Master's degree), post-BA Ph.D. students start the program alongside the incoming Master's student cohort. In their first academic year, post-BA PhD students will complete a course load similar to their Master's student counterparts. In their second academic year, post-BA Ph.D. students will complete their "first Year Experience" while beginning their Ph.D. coursework. Post-BA Ph.D. students are not currently required to complete a Masters thesis or the Professional Integration Exercise, but will also not receive a Master's degree unless they choose to meet all requirement's for our masters program.
Information about funding for Ph.D. students is available on our Funding page.
At multiple points during the Fall semester, the admission chair hosts informal information meetings for students interested in applying to the PhD 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.
If you are interested in attending an informational meeting, please call 608/262-4807 a few days prior to ensure that the meeting is still scheduled and indicate your intended attendance. You may also obtain directions if needed.
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Informational Meetings Will Be Held
- Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm in Rm 327 Education Bldg with Dr. Stephanie Budge
- Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm in Rm 327 Education Bldg with Dr. Stephanie Budge
- All Ph.D. applications are due December 1st
- Applicants who are offered interviews will be notified by December 23, 2017
- Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place on January 19, 2018, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Step 1. Complete the Graduate School online application, which includes:
- Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
- 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
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