UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Post BA and Post MA Tracks

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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

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 Program Entrance Requirements for both tracks, and visit our page with information for prospective applicants.


Post-MA Track

Students in the post-MA track should expect to spend a minimum of 5 years (3 years of coursework, one year as dissertator, and the predoctoral internship year) to obtain the Ph.D.  


Post-BA Track

Students in the post-BA track have an additional year of coursework to complete (see the PhD Handbook for a suggested sequence of courses) and so require a minimum of six years to complete the Ph.D.  Students in the post-BA track take many of the courses in our Master’s training sequence, but do not complete all required courses and independent work for the Master’s.  Thus, students in this track do not normally receive the Master’s degree en route to the Ph.D.  (However, a student desiring a Master’s as well as a Ph.D. could elect to complete these additional requirements for this purpose.)

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