Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices

This online certificate is designed for students who want to learn about the mental health needs of various ethnic/cultural/gender groups, and guidelines for practice. It is open to students who are currently in graduate programs, or those at the post-master’s level who are interested in additional training in this area.

Eligibility and Admission

Prospective students should send a letter of intent and a graduate transcript to the Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, P.O. Box 413, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 53201. A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 or concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program with a GPA of at least 3.0 is required for admission.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

15 credits

All certificate students are required to complete COUNS 704 and 705.
COUNS 704: Multicultural Guidelines: Overview and Ethics. (3 credits)
COUNS 705: Multicultural Practice: Awareness and knowledge of others. (3 credits)

Students must successfully complete these two courses. They may then choose 3 of the following:

Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines courses (total 9 credits):
Working with Latinos (COUNS 740)
Working with LGBT populations (COUNS 741)
Working with Asian Americans (COUNS 742)
Working with African Americans (COUNS 743)
Work with First Nations Persons (COUNS 744)
Working with Men (COUNS 745)

Exit Requirements
To earn the certificate, students must complete all certificate courses with a grade of B or better. No Incomplete (I) grades will be given.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.