Terminal Master of Science Program

The Department of Psychology is accepting applications for admission to one terminal M.S. program (MS in Psychology: Health Psychology Master’s Program).

Health Psychology

This program offers training in research and theories relevant to health promotion, stress and its management, the patient in the treatment setting, management of chronic illness, and causes and consequences of health disorders such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and arthritis. The program is appropriate for students planning applied research careers in health settings and those seeking the doctorate in psychology and related fields. Current research topics include health disparities, gender and health, aging, health education, patient advocacy and self-care behaviors, the effects of stress and mechanisms of coping with it, risk perception, complementary interventions, and pediatric conditions and pain. Research is conducted in the laboratory as well as in clinical settings, and many of the faculty have strong ties to the Milwaukee community.

For international students: Certain students who earned degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). Our Psychology MS/PhD programs have been designated as one of them. Therefore, international students who graduate from our Psychology MS/PhD programs will be eligible for applying for an OPT STEM Extension, starting from Spring 2023 for MS graduates and from Fall 2023 for PhD graduates.

Information Sessions and Application Fee Waiver

Prospective applicants to our graduate programs are encouraged to attend the UWM Graduate School All-Programs Virtual Information Session (10/26/23 from 6-8pm CST) and/or the 10th Annual Graduate School In-Person Open House (11/9/23 from 5-7pm CST). For more information about the Virtual Information Session, please click here: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/virtual-infosession/. For more information about the In-Person Open House, please click here: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/openhouse/. 

Prospective applicants who attend the In-Person Open House on 11/9/23 can have their application fee waived, so long as they apply between August 15, 2023-March 31, 2024. Additional information about the application fee waiver can be found here: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/openhouse/. No fee waiver is provided for attending the Virtual Information Session.

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The UWM Graduate School also offers a limited number of application fee grants for applicants who have completed or are currently completing eligible graduate school preparation programs. The full list of eligible programs, and instructions for obtaining a fee grant, can be found here: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/panthera-application-fee-grant-program/