Department of Counseling Psychology


The UW–Madison Department of Counseling Psychology is an internationally renowned, fully accredited graduate program for future counselors and counseling psychologists. Our academics integrate traditional counseling and psychological theory with the practice and substantive development of research skills.

Our students go on to achieve success in a variety of careers, including academic instruction, research, clinical practice, and consulting. Our academic programs emphasize the integration of multiculturalism and diversity into counseling psychology; students and faculty are encouraged to reflect on how their individual attitudes, beliefs, and cultural influences affect their work with clients or patients.

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Our mission is to create a program of learning that honors: the dignity and respect for the teacher, the student, and the consumer of professional psychology; innovation in the application of psychology that is based on rigorous scientific method; practice of counseling psychology in an effort to enhance individuals’ lives and the communities in which they live; the formulation of empirical questions that utilize the basic constructs of psychology; the dissemination of new knowledge through writings and oral presentations done locally, nationally, and internationally; and the ethical principles of the profession and the legal principles related to the teaching and practice of counseling psychology.

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Mission and Overview

Learn more about the Department of Counseling Psychology's overall mission, commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, history, and facilities.

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Learn about upcoming deadlines, application procedures, requirements, and more for our Counseling Psychology master's and doctoral programs.

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Policies & Resources

Access updated Counseling Psychology departmental policies, forms, procedures, and resources.

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Faculty & Staff

Meet and contact Counseling Psychology departmental faculty, staff, leadership, and affiliated and emeritus faculty.

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Outreach & Clinic

Our outreach mission is to prepare high quality scholars and practitioners to be effective leaders in an increasingly diverse world. 

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Academic Enhancement Seminars

Academic Enhancement Seminars (AES) are offered as a one-credit courses through the Department of Counseling Psychology for students who want to improve their study skills and improve their grades.

Graduate Degree Programs

Counseling, M.S.

The MS program emphasizes counseling in community and agency settings, including university and college counseling centers. The program centers service delivery, reflected by its practica/internship components. The curriculum stresses knowledge and development of skills in individual and group counseling, consultation, research, ethics, multiculturalism, social justice, and vocational psychology.


Counseling Psychology, Ph.D

The APA-accredited doctoral program in counseling psychology is based on the scientist/practitioner model of professional psychology and integrates counseling and psychological theory, scientific inquiry, and supervised practice.


Certificates & Minors

Counseling Psychology, Doctoral Minor

The minor in counseling psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model of training, which emphasizes the integration of counseling and psychological theory and practice along with development of research skills in the domains encompassed by counseling psychology.