UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Master's Coursework

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Master's Coursework

Important - Please note that beginning Fall, 2015 the Masters curriculum has been revised to be a 60 credit program completed over the course of 2 full years including summers, designed to satisfy the State of Wisconsin licensure requirements that will take effect in 2018. We will no longer be offering the 48 credit Masters program and newly enrolled students are expected to complete the new 60 credit curriculum.

Updates on the revised curriculum will be posted to website
as soon as it has been determined and approved.

It is important to note that some courses (e.g., 791, 802, 806, 860) require additional time requirements beyond what is stated in the Timetable. It is important for you to consider this extra time commitment when creating your semester schedules.

The professional seminars serve as an introduction to the specialty fields of community and college counseling (791). Additionally, instruction focuses on the development of the professional integration exercise. The professional seminar is a prerequisite for field placement (practicum).

Note: In most cases, (1) substitutions for required (core) courses are made only with the approval of the entire faculty; (2) students may count a maximum of 9 credits of UW-Madison “Special Student” coursework or graduate coursework transferred from other institutions, provided that students first earn a minimum “B” average on a full semester of departmental coursework before making such requests; and (3) satisfaction of requirements in Consultation, Research, and/or AODA may be satisfied with non-departmental courses with advisor’s approval. (See the Graduate School Handbook for more information regarding transfer credits.)

Under no condition will coursework taken as part of a student’s undergraduate program of study be counted toward the 60 credit requirement. However, undergraduate coursework may be acceptable to meet certain required competencies (e.g., AODA) but students may not count the undergraduate CREDITS toward the 60 credit total. Students may achieve the 60 credit total by other means including taking electives or credits in other areas. (Please meet with your advisor and the Academic Services Coordinator to review course selections and credits to degree during the first year of your program).

Students earn a minimum of 60 graduate credits. Students often use electives to expand an area of intended counseling specialization and/or to further an area of clinical interest. Students should consult the Graduate School Catalog and the Timetable for potential elective course options and should decide upon elective courses in discussion with their faculty advisor. 

Coursework beyond the 60 credit minimum is required of students with course deficiencies, as enumerated in their letters of admission. Students seeking licensure or certification out of state should check with those states particular requirements.

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