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:

Clinical Mental Health 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 & Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period January, 2014 through January, 2024.

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.

Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the MS degree in Counseling? We invite you to a virtual information meeting. There will be three sessions in fall 2021. The Department of Educational Psychology will host the information sessions in August and September. In October, UWM Graduate School is hosting a virtual Open House, and a program representative will attend the meeting to provide an overview of the program and answer questions. If you’re interested in attending one or more of the meetings, please complete the form below for more details.

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Counseling Handbook

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

Student Data for the 2020-2021 Academic year
Number of students applied:161
Number of students admitted:82
Number of students who accepted offer of admission:62
Number of students enrolled in the entire program:136
Number of students who graduated:38

Informational Meetings

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Counseling Program faculty will be holding virtual informational meetings once each month. All prospective students are invited to take advantage of these opportunities to meet with a faculty member. They will be available to answer questions about the Counseling Program, including admission requirements. These meetings will be held on the dates listed below from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Please contact the faculty member (at their email listed below) for a link to join the meeting.

Meeting dates are:

September 16, 2020 – Nadya Fouad (nadya@uwm.edu)
October 21 2020 – Kelsey Autin (autin@uwm.edu)
November 18, 2020 – Stephen Wester (srwester@uwm.edu)
December 16, 2020 – Leah Rouse (lrouse@uwm.edu)
February 17, 2021 – Marty Sapp (sapp@uwm.edu)
March 17, 2021 – Stephen Wester (srwester@uwm.edu)
April 21, 2021 – Marty Sapp (sapp@uwm.edu)

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Substance Abuse Counselor Certification in Wisconsin

See the Curriculum tab for more information regarding the Substance Abuse Counselor certification.

Application Process

School & Clinical Mental Health Counseling

All application materials must be submitted through UWM Graduate School’s online application by the stated deadlines. Please note that these dates are different from the Graduate School’s application lock date. See the Educational Psychology Application Checklist (PDF) for details. 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.
  • For applicants to the School Counseling concentration who intend to pursue K-12 administrative licensure through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), a criminal background check is required prior to official admission to the program. After program review, applicants to whom admission is offered will receive instructions for completing the criminal background check. Assuming the background check is completed and passed, the department will forward the admission recommendation to the Graduate School.

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 – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form – School Counseling

Post-Master’s Certification

Applying for the Post-Master’s School or Clinical Mental Health 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:

  • All post-master’s applicants have two options – to complete the certification sequence as part of a second master’s degree, or as certificate/non-degree students. Please note that certificate and non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.
  • Applicants to the School Counseling Post-Master’s Certification program may submit the Certificate in School Counseling application.
  • Applicants to Clinical Mental Health Post-Master’s Certification program may submit the Educational Psychology Non-Degree application.
  • Please also remember to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts directly into the online application. If official transcripts are not already on file, the Graduate School will require official transcripts after admission.
  • 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

Program FAQ

School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program and admissions.

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721


Program Requirements

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Academic Catalog Requirements (60 credits)

School Counseling Concentration Academic Catalog Requirements (K-12 only, 48 credits)

Note: Effective September 2021 for students graduating in May 2022 or later, students in dual certification must take BOTH capstone exams for each concentration (Praxis 2 AND CPCE).

Post-Master’s Certification

Students who already possess a master’s degree may be admitted as non-degree/certificate students. They can take the required course work to meet the requirements for counseling licensure without completing a second graduate degree. The course sequence is generally shorter than what would be required to complete the MS.

School Counseling Certificate Academic Program Requirements

Substance Abuse Certification in Wisconsin

The Clinical Mental Health 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.

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 Clinical Mental Health 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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

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

The Substance Abuse Counseling curriculum of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UWM is approved through June 1, 2022.

Required Electives

Required electives from the MSW Helen Bader School of Social Welfare for the Substance Abuse Counselor 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.



Kelsey Autin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Autin’s research interests include how people find fulfillment in their occupations and how this relates to overall well-being. A major focus of her work is on how identity and sociopolitical contexts shape beliefs and barriers to obtaining decent work outcomes.

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.

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.


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