Counselors can change lives.

That’s one of the many reasons we’re excited about the work we are doing at UWM and why we’re deeply committed to training multiculturally competent counselors who are ready to use their skills to help clients in urban environments.

Our master’s program offers two concentrations:

Community Counseling

Prepares students for work in a variety of community settings such as mental health clinics, community agencies, counseling centers, colleges, universities and businesses.

School Counseling

Prepares students to work as school counselors. The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Students are trained to apply the principles of learning, human development, counseling, research and measurement within the schools. Preparation is designed to enable students to deliver counseling services to schools and their extended communities.


The School & Community Counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period January, 2014 through January, 2018.

Substance Abuse Certification in Wisconsin

The Community Counseling curriculum combined with specialized electives from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to satisfy the educational requirements toward certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Learn More About the Certification
DSPS grants certification for Substance Abuse Counselors in the State of Wisconsin (not UWM). To become certified, a person must have specialized course work, documented practice experience in an appropriately-supervised substance abuse counseling setting, and must pass the State required examinations.

The Community Counseling program at UW-Milwaukee offers our students the opportunity to complete the required specialized course work while concurrently earning their master’s degree in Community counseling.

Our DSPS approved Substance Abuse Counseling (SAC) curriculum cannot be taken separately from the Educational Psychology Masters: Community Concentration degree program.

The Substance Abuse Counseling curriculum of the community counseling program at UWM is approved through June 1, 2022.

Required electives from the MSW Helen Bader School of Social Welfare for the SAC emphasis are:

  • SocWrk 791 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (must be taken for 3 credits)
  • SocWrk 818 Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • SocWrk 820 Interventions for Substance Misuse + SBIRT
  • SocWrk 820 Treatment of Substance Misuse and the Family: Adults/Older Adults


  • SocWrk 820 Treatment of Substance Misuse and the Family: Adolescents

Why certification as Substance Abuse Counselor along with the counseling degree?

  • In order to be qualified in the State of Wisconsin to provide treatment for substance misuse disorders, one must hold a DSPS Substance Abuse Counselor credential.
  • Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling is a valued additional credential for many mental health positions.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors can provide a more comprehensive continuum of care to clients when qualified to treat both mental health and substance use disorders.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Our program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).
  • The Department of Educational Psychology is recognized for its commitment to diversity and has more than 50 years of experience training multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists.
  • We’re located in the state’s economic, cultural and career capital, just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago, ensuring ample internship and networking opportunities.
  • You’ll work alongside internationally known faculty as an integral member of their research teams and may have the opportunity to present your work at national conferences.

Program Information

For additional information about the program, please see the Counseling Master’s Handbook (PDF).

Student Data for the 2016-2017 Academic year
Number of students applied:124
Number of students admitted:85
Number of students who accepted offer of admission:73
Number of students enrolled in the entire program:108
Number of students who graduated:40

Program Faculty

Thomas W. Baskin, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Baskin’s research interests include the psychological importance of belongingness, the understanding of multicultural school environments, common factors in counseling, and the therapeutic use of forgiveness.

Nadya A. Fouad, PhD, Distinguished University Professor
Dr. Fouad’s research interests include cross-cultural vocational assessment, career development, interest measurement, role of race and social class in development, and cross-cultural counseling.

Anthony A. Hains, PhD, Professor
Dr. Hains’ research interests include cognitive behavioral interventions for youths with chronic illness and interventions to improve adherence in adolescents with complex medical regimens.

Marty Sapp, EdD, Professor
Dr. Sapp’s research interests include psychological applications of hypnosis, test anxiety, and cognitive-behavioral applications for academically at-risk students.

Stephen R. Wester, PhD, Professor
Dr. Wester’s research interests include male gender role conflict, multicultural expressions of masculinity, gender and emotion, counseling men, as well as the training of counseling psychologists and counseling supervision.

Program of Studies

Community Counseling Concentration (48 credits)

Educational Psychology Core (9 credits)

ED PSY 624 Educational Statistical Methods
ED PSY 640 Human Development: Theory and Research
ED PSY 720 Techniques of Educational Psychological Measurement

Counseling Core (21 credits)

COUNS 710 Counseling: Theories and Issues
COUNS 711 Foundations of Career Development
COUNS 714 Essentials of Counseling Practice
COUNS 715 Multicultural Counseling
COUNS 774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research
COUNS 800 Group Counseling Theory
COUNS 904 Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice

Community Core (18 credits)

COUNS 600 Introduction to Community Counseling
COUNS 765 Supervised Practicum I in Community Counseling
COUNS 812 Clinical Studies in Counseling
COUNS 820 Counseling Appraisal and Clinical Decision Making
COUNS 970 Supervised Practicum II in Community Counseling
1 Elective (3 credits)

Important Notice for All Community Counseling Students
A recent change in Wisconsin state law has mandated that anyone applying for an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) license in the Fall of 2018 must be a graduate from a 60-credit Counseling Program – an increase in 12 credits from our current program.

Therefore, anyone who graduates from a counseling program after December 2017 must graduate from a 60-credit program.

When students entered a program or began their training does not matter. If your graduation is any time after the December 2017, you will need to graduate from a 60-credit program.

The UWM Counseling Program will be introducing twelve additional credits (another four required courses) over the next two years to meet this licensing change. Current counseling students who graduate on or before December 2017 are not required to take these courses – although they are certainly welcome to enroll in them.

The new requirements include coursework focusing on:

  • Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling
  • Psychopathology and Counseling
  • Health, Neurological, and Medical Issues
  • Pre-Practicum Experience

The first new class will be offered in the Fall 2015 semester and will be listed as: COUNS 779: Current Topics in Counseling: Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling

Please note that this requirement only impacts the Community Counseling Program. The School Counseling program will remain at 48-credits – at least at this time.

School Counseling Concentration (K-12 only) (48 credits)

Educational Psychology Core (9 credits)

ED PSY 624 Educational Statistical Methods
ED PSY 640 Human Development: Theory and Research
ED PSY 720 Techniques of Educational Psychological Measurement
Counseling Core (21 credits)

COUNS 710 Counseling: Theories and Issues
COUNS 711 Foundations of Career Development
COUNS 714 Essentials of Counseling Practice
COUNS 715 Multicultural Counseling
COUNS 774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research
COUNS 800 Group Counseling Theory
COUNS 904 Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice

School Core (18 credits)

COUNS 602 Introduction to School Counseling
COUNS 764 Supervised Practicum I in School Counseling
COUNS 810 Counseling in the Schools
COUNS 816 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUNS 968 Supervised Practicum II in School Counseling
1 Elective (3 credits)

Please note: a course in Exceptional Education is required for non-teachers (which will take the place of the elective) EXCEDUC 600 Survey of Exceptional Education (U/G course; take as graduate credit).

Please note: All students in the School Counseling program are required to complete a portfolio requirement. Students will use LiveText to develop an electronic version of their portfolio, and there is a fee associated with the use of LiveText.

Application Information

All application materials must be submitted to the UWM Graduate School by the stated deadlines. Please note that these dates are different from the Graduate School deadline dates. All completed applications received on or before the due date will be held by the Counseling Area for the Admissions Committee meeting held shortly after the stated deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 18 credits of work in the social sciences or related areas with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Applicants who do not have the required GPA shall be required to submit additional information; e.g., the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) scores.
  • Depending on the applicant pool, some applicants may be admitted who do not meet the required GPA.

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters can be uploaded electronically through the Graduate School’s online application.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form

Post-Master’s Certification

Students who already possess a master’s degree are admitted as non-degree candidates. They need to meet the requirements for either school counselor or community counselor certification, which are generally less than those required for the MS.

Application Information

Applying for the Post-Master’s School or Community Counseling Certification Program

Graduates of the UWM master’s program in counseling need not apply to the Master’s program. Applicants apply to the Graduate School as non-degree candidates and are recommended for admission by the Counseling Area chair.

All other applicants who possess a master’s degree may also be considered for admission. To be considered, applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better. The department must receive all materials by the same deadline indicated in the first paragraph of the Application Information section above.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School as part of the admissions process:

  • For Community and School Counseling Post-Master’s Certification applicants must complete the online application.
  • Official Transcripts if not already on file. Please also remember to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts directly into the online application.
  • Remember to complete the Reasons statement, Residency Calculator, and all other required materials in the online application.

Upon admission, you will be asked to send official transcripts to:

Graduate School
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

Informational Meetings

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Counseling Program faculty will be holding informational meetings once each month. All prospective students are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to meet with a faculty member and a current graduate student. They will be available to answer questions about the Counseling Program and to give a preliminary review of transcripts. These meetings will be held on the dates listed below from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Enderis Hall room 772.

Meeting dates are:

September 20, 2017: Dr. Marty Sapp
October 18, 2017: Dr. Tom Baskin
November 15, 2017: Dr. Anthony Hains
January 24, 2018: Dr. Nadya Fouad
February 21, 2018: Dr. Stephen Wester
March 28, 2018: Dr. Marty Sapp
April 18, 2018: Dr. Tom Baskin

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Program FAQ

School and Community Counseling Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)