UWM is among the nation’s major research universities and is one of the two centers of doctoral study in the University of Wisconsin system. It is located in a vibrant urban setting on Milwaukee’s North Shore close to Lake Michigan. It serves more than 30,500 undergraduate and graduate students, with the most diverse population of any school in the UW system.
The Psychology Department places a premium on excellence in teaching and scholarly research. As a result, we are one of the most dynamic and productive departments at UWM. The faculty are recognized experts in their various disciplines as well as accomplished teachers.
Perhaps the best indicator of our success, however, is the quality of our students. Our graduate students have been extraordinarily successful in research and scholarship. Together with faculty, they publish cutting-edge research. They successfully compete for national scholarships, grants and awards. They secure postgraduate positions at some of the most prestigious universities in the country as well as employment in industry, government and academia.
About our Graduate Programs
The Psychology Department offers four graduate programs (two doctoral programs, both of which include earning a master’s degree, and two terminal master’s degree programs):
- PhD in Clinical Psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association), which includes earning the M.S. degree
- PhD in Experimental Psychology, with a choice of three major areas of emphasis (Behavior Analysis, Health and Social Psychology, and Neuroscience) and which includes earning the M.S. degree
- Terminal MS in Experimental Psychology with a Specialization in Behavior Analysis
- Terminal MS in Experimental Psychology with a Specialization in Health Psychology
Note that our PhD programs are actually combined MS/PhD programs (although applicants with advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply).
Applying for Admission
Please follow the link below to access application instructions, information, and materials. These materials include the Department of Psychology Graduate Admissions Brochure; it is essential that you read the brochure carefully before applying.
- PhD Program in Clinical Psychology: December 1, 2015
- PhD Program in Experimental Psychology: December 1, 2015
- MS Programs in Experimental Psychology: December 31, 2015
Applicants are accepted can typically expect to receive information about their acceptance by March 15, 2016. Notification of nonacceptance will be made by May 1, 2016.
Information for UWM Undergraduates and Alumni Only
We believe that it is important for graduate students to learn and work with a range of faculty during their training. Therefore, students with bachelor’s degrees from UWM who majored in psychology are not eligible to apply for admission to our PhD programs unless they have earned a master’s degree at a different institution. Similarly, those who double-majored in psychology and another subject at UWM are not eligible to apply to our PhD programs. However, UWM undergraduates who majored in psychology are eligible to apply for admission to the terminal master’s programs.
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