Graduate Programs

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.

Our graduate students have been extraordinarily successful in research and scholarship.

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):

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.

Graduate Application »

Application Deadlines

Online application system for the Psychology MS and PhD programs will open and start to accept a new application in August 2017. Tentative application deadlines are December 1, 2017 for all PhD programs; and December 31, 2017 for all Master’s programs. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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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