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COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Doctoral Degrees:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

Post–M.A.: 68 credits

Post–B.A.: 95 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

Post–M.A.: 47 credits

Post–B.A.: 74 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Post–M.A.: Half of degree coursework (34 out of 68 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Post–B.A.: Half of degree coursework (48 out of 95 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 21 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned four or more years prior to admission to the doctoral program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned four or more years prior to admission to the doctoral program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits without advisor approval. Up to 15 credits with advisor approval.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Post–M.A. track:
Coun Psy 729 Advanced Social Psychology;
Coun Psy 735 Legal and Ethical Bases of Counseling and Psychology;
Coun Psy 736 Seminar in Psychology of Individual Differences;
Coun Psy 737 Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology;
Ed Psych 542 Biological Foundations of Psychology;
Ed Psych 725 Theory and Issues in Human Development;
Ed Psych 795 Introduction to Learning Sciences I
Coun Psy 890 Advanced Assessment Techniques in Counseling Psychology;
Coun Psy 900 Counseling Psychology Foundational Practicum (2 sem.);
Coun Psy 902 Counseling Psychology Practicum in Supervision (2 sem.);
Coun Psy 903 Counseling Psychology Advanced Practicum (2 sem.);
Coun Psy 905 Research Practicum in Counseling Psychology (2 sem.);
Coun Psy 925 Seminar in Counseling Psychology;
Coun Psy 950 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology;
Coun Psy 951 Seminar: Counseling Psychology Research in Individual Intervention;
Coun Psy 958 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Intervention;
Coun Psy 960 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology II: Multiple Regression and Correlation Methods; RP&SE 980 Adult Cognitive Assessment
Coun Psy 990 Dissertation.

Post–B.A. track:
Must complete all courses listed for the Post–MA track and
Coun Psy 620 Theory and Practice of Group Work
Coun Psy 800 Theories of Counseling
Coun Psy 805 Techniques and Microskills for Counselors
Coun Psy 806 Supervised Practicum in Counseling I
Coun Psy 807 Supervised Practicum in Counseling II
Coun Psy 808 Supervised Practicum in Counseling III
Coun Psy 850 Consultation Procedures for Counselors
Coun Psy 860 Multicultural Counseling;
Coun Psy 865 Theory and Practice of Career Intervention

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Ph.D. students in the Department of Counseling Psychology may elect to develop a minor area of concentration. This minor is optional. Students who wish to complete a cohesive body of work outside the major may wish to obtain a doctoral minor. Students are expected to consult with their advisors concerning minor/breadth requirements.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Students are required to attain a minimum course grade of B for all required courses.

Probation Policy

Placement on probation indicates a very serious faculty concern about a student's performance. Students are placed on probation, as opposed to being dismissed from the program, when the faculty determines that the student likely will be able to address the difficulty that led to the probation if appropriate remediation is provided. If a recommendation for probation and remediation is adopted by the faculty, the student and advisor work with the Doctoral Training Committee (or a subset of this committee) to formulate a remediation plan including explicit goals and deadlines for evaluation of their attainment.

Students on probation cannot be approved as ready for the next level of clinical training (i.e., for foundational practicum; for internship) until they have successfully remediated the identified concern(s). This can have a substantial impact on time to degree, as practicum applications begin in the fall semester for the following academic year.

Advisor / Committee

Upon admission to the doctoral program, all students are assigned a faculty advisor. The doctoral student may select a major professor from the Department of Counseling Psychology who is not the original faculty advisor. In view of the important role that the major professor plays in the student's dissertation research, students are advised to allow themselves sufficient time to get acquainted with all faculty, so that they can select a major professor with whom they share similar research interests, career goals, or other interests. The doctoral student's faculty advisor plays an important role in monitoring and assisting the student with program planning.

Reviews of student progress are an agenda item for departmental faculty meeting in November (1st-year students only) and in April or May (all active Ph.D. students). All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their advisor. Student perspectives are taken into account in these reviews, and all students complete the Doctoral Student Report on Progress, in conjunction with their advisors.

Assessments and Examinations

Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by earning a minimum grade of B in all required courses, demonstration of competency on routine evaluation milestones, responsible professional conduct in employment and practicum settings, and timely progress on independent work. A comprehensive formative review of student performance, encompassing academic and clinical training, research involvement, and other roles such as employment and departmental activities, is conducted annually.

The doctoral preliminary examination includes three components, all of which include both written and oral presentations. The clinical case study (PE-1) is an in-depth reflection on a single counseling case, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of counselor. The supervision case study (PE-2) is an in-depth reflection on a relationship with one supervisee, and serves as an exemplar of clinical competencies in the role of supervisor. The dissertation proposal (PE–3) includes a literature review and method section for a proposed dissertation project, and serves as an exemplar of academic and scientific proficiency.

Time Constraints

Students have eight years from the date of admission to complete all of the necessary courses. Courses that are more than eight years old will not fulfill program completion requirements for admission to candidacy. Admission to candidacy occurs when students successfully complete all required coursework and pass their doctoral preliminary examinations. Students must be admitted to candidacy within ten years of admission to the Department. Once admitted to candidacy (dissertator status) the student has five years to complete the dissertation and pass the final oral examination.

Once students are admitted they are expected to maintain continuous enrollment and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment may result in lengthy reentry process or possible termination from the program.

Prior to reentry into the program, the student should contact the Department and petition the faculty for reentry. The full faculty will determine whether the student is granted reentry without conditions, granted reentry conditionally (e.g., require additional coursework or adherence to time lines for completion of degree requirements) or denied reentry.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.