UWM’s PhD specialization in Counseling Psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model that integrates theory, practice and research to give you the scientific knowledge and skills needed to work with multicultural urban populations and in diverse settings.

Our PhD students are expected to conduct research and to advance the science of counseling psychology through scholarly inquiry. Our program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association*, will prepare you to work as a counseling psychologist in a variety of settings, including universities, hospitals, mental health clinics and private practice.

* Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
WebsiteAmerican Psychological Association Website

Why Choose Our Program?

  • As Wisconsin’s most diverse university, UWM trains counseling psychologists who are multiculturally competent and prepared to work as psychologists in an urban context.
  • In 2013, the Department of Educational Psychology won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from racial/ethnic minorities as well as other countries.
  • 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. During the 2017 school year, 100 percent of our counseling students were matched in internships, compared with the national average of 80 percent.
  • You’ll learn how to apply your scientific knowledge using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.
  • 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 Faculty

Kelsey Autin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Autin’s research focuses is on freedom of work choice in marginalized populations.

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, ABPP, 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.

Marty Sapp, EdD, Professor
Dr. Sapp’s research interests include psychological applications of hypnosis, mindfulness meditation, culture and contemplative therapies, test anxiety, third generation behavioral strategies, and post-modern approaches.

Stephen R. Wester, PhD, ABPP, 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.

About The Program

If you already have a master’s degree, the program involves three years of coursework, a year of dissertation and a year of internship. If you enter with a bachelor’s degree, you will have an additional year of coursework.

Students are required to take 21 credits of counseling psychology courses, 18 credits of practicum, 13 credits of statistics, 18 credits of psychological foundations, and 3 credits of urban ed/urban psychology.

In keeping with our scientist-practitioner model, we require all students to participate on a faculty member’s research team for two years. Many students participate on more than one faculty member’s team, and most students stay involved in research for the entire four years that they are on campus.

Our program is recognized by the state licensing board, and you will be eligible for licensure as a psychologist once you complete the doctorate and the post-doctoral hours required by the state (1,500 hours in Wisconsin) and successfully pass the national licensing exam and state jurisprudence exam.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF)


Stipends for teaching or research assistantships at or above 33 percent time include tuition remission. Stipend salaries vary according to type of assistantship (e.g. teaching, research) and type of student (doctoral, dissertator). For an academic year (9 month) appointment for 2017-18, stipends are $15,000 for 50% time assistantships and $9,900 for 33% time assistantships. The following table indicates the type of support given to each cohort of students for the 2017-18 academic year. Students are eligible for assistantships funded by the School of Education for three years; after the third year in the program, students are strongly encouraged to seek assistantships through faculty grants or off-campus sources. Learn more about the Graduate School’s current assistantship salary schedules.

Cohort YearFellowshipsAssistantshipsOff-Campus EmploymentUnfunded

Counseling Psychology Student Association

Open to all doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology PhD Program, CPSA focuses on student advocacy, professional development, and socialization/peer-to-peer mentorship. Members are also active at the national level (e.g., ACA, APA, APAGS). We encourage all students to get involved.

Application Information

You should plan to apply a year before you intend to start. Be sure to pay careful attention to the program’s specific deadline published on the department website here and the Graduate School’s website here. The application for fall is generally due in early December, and applicants invited for interviews will be notified by early January. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by mid-February.

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form

Questions about admissions?

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Program Admissions Specialist
Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4599

Program FAQ

Counseling Psychology Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Values Statement

The Counseling Psychology specialization at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a multicultural community of diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds as well as representative of many religious, spiritual, political, beliefs, physical abilities, ages, national origins and sexual orientations.

The program expects that students will be respectful and supportive of all individuals, including but not limited to clients, staff, faculty, and peers who are different from themselves in terms of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, political orientation, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, ability, language, and socioeconomic status. It is also expected that students and faculty will work to create a climate of safety and trust for all concerned.

Professional Development & Future Employment

The Graduate School provides a range of resources for student professional development on its website.

UWM also has a membership with The Versatile Ph.D. “the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD graduates.” This is a great resource for students who plan to pursue careers outside of academia.


We will assign you a temporary advisor when you are admitted to the program. Once you enter the program, you are free to choose a new advisor who will be the chair of your dissertation committee, or continue with your assigned advisor.

Program Coordinator

Nadya Fouad, PhD, ABPP
Distinguished Professor and Training Director
Counseling Psychology
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Counseling Psychology Alumni

Counseling Psychology Student Association (CPSA) is creating an alumni directory to strengthen our alumni network for research, referrals, and collaboration. For more information or to view the directory, visit the Counseling Psychology Alumni webpage.