Graduate Programs

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 being 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 and 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.

UWM is one of the nation’s top research universities (i.e., Carnegie Classification: R1) and one of the two centers of doctoral study in the University of Wisconsin system. The UWM campus is located in a vibrant urban setting on Milwaukee’s North Shore close to Lake Michigan. It serves approximately 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students with the most diverse population of any school in the UW system.

About our Graduate Programs

Note that our PhD programs are actually combined MS/PhD programs, although applicants with advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply.
The Psychology Department offers the following graduate programs:

*American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979

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.

If you apply to one of our graduate programs, there is an opportunity to have your $75 application fee waived. To have your application fee waived, you would need to attend the UWM Graduate School’s Virtual Open House on October 28th, 2021, and complete a few additional steps as outlined here: You do not need to attend the open house to be considered for admissions and this will not impact the application review process in any way.

Graduate Application

Application Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for the Psychology MS and PhD programs. Application deadlines are December 1, 2021 for all PhD programs; and December 31, 2021 for the Terminal Master’s program in Health Psychology. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Information for UWM Undergraduates and Alumni Only

We believe 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 program in health psychology.

Contact Information

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