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COUNSELING 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.

Master’s Degrees:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

48 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

39 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (24 out of 48 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 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the master’s degree 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 students. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the master’s degree 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

Coun Psy:
730 Ethical Issues in Counseling
791 Counseling in Community Settings
800 Theories of Counseling
801 Assessment Techniques for Counselors
802 Theory and Practice of Group Work for Counselors
804 Research in Guidance and Counseling
805 Techniques and Microskills for Counselors
806 Supervised Practicum in Counseling I
807 Supervised Practicum in Counseling II
808 Supervised Practicum in Counseling III
825 Counseling Psychology Techniques with Families
850 Consultation Procedures for Counselors
860 Multicultural Counseling
865 Theory and Practice of Career Intervention
958 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Intervention in Counseling Psychology
Soc Work 453 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Students are required to attain a minimum course grade of B for all coursework that fulfills the 48-credit requirement.

Probation Policy

When concerns arise about a student’s performance which warrants immediate attention, a non-routine review will be initiated. Concerns that would prompt a nonroutine review include: academic proficiency (e.g., grade of BC or lower in a required course); clinical competence and/or termination from a practicum placement; interpersonal functioning; and/or unethical behaviors and/or interactions. The student will be notified of the concern by his/her advisor or the training director. The Master’s Training Committee will discuss the matter to determine whether the concern will be taken to the full faculty for consultation and/or decision. An ad hoc committee will work with the student to create a "development plan" or a '"remediation plan" (i.e., student is under probation), depending on the seriousness of the issue(s). If the concern persists after the remediation plan or the issue(s) are deemed irremediable, the committee may recommend dismissal from the program to the full faculty. If the full faculty vote is in agreement with the recommendation for dismissal, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Advisor / Committee

Upon admission to the master’s program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor to facilitate their entry to the program. The faculty advisor has several responsibilities, which include: assisting students with course selection; guiding students’ clinical and professional development; guiding students’ research, including master’s thesis (optional); and giving final approval for master’s work. The advisor is also available to answer other questions and concerns that may arise regarding departmental procedures, licensure issues and practicum placement.

Assessments and Examinations

The Professional Integration Exercise (PIE) is a capstone experience for all master’s students, where they have the opportunity to pull together their learning and skills and their overall professional identity. Through this oral clinical case conceptualization, they have the opportunity to demonstrate to the faculty their readiness as a master’s-level clinician. The PIE will be conducted in late spring during students’ second year of training.

Time Constraints

If students have been absent for five or more years they must petition the counseling psychology faculty, in writing, for readmission. If successful, they must file a new Graduate School application for admission and submit it with a new application fee. Master’s students who do not enroll for a period of five or more years are required to retake some or all Program coursework. All coursework, including deficiencies, must be completed within eight years of admission to the program.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.