University of Wisconsin – Madison

Department of Counseling Psychology - Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The University of Wisconsin in Madison offers a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology designed to prepare students for the role of professional psychologist, as well as foster an understanding of the scientific basis for practice, multicultural competence, and a social justice orientation, requiring coursework in Counseling Psychology and related departments, as well as supervised clinical training. This American Psychological Association accredited program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training, and is designed to fully integrate traditional counseling and psychological theory with practice and research skills.

Students entering the program with a master’s degree in counseling require at least 5 years or 63 credit hours to complete. This includes 3 years of full-time coursework, 1 dissertation year, and 1 year internship. Students entering the program without a master’s degree will take longer to complete—typically 6 years or more.

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Only 7 to 10 applicants are admitted into the program each year. Application deadline is December 1st, with coursework beginning in the fall.

Tuition for a full-time in-state student is about $5,000 for the first year, while out-of-state students could pay close to $13,500. The majority of Ph.D. students are fully-funded for their years on campus through a combination of assistantships and fellowships that not only carry a full tuition waiver, but they also pay a monthly stipend and provide excellent benefits.


Department of Counseling Psychology (email: [email protected])
School of Education
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
(602)_ 262-4807

EPPP Pass Rates from 2007-2012

University of Wisconsin – Madison has ranked #27 out of the 62 programs that were analyzed. The rankings are based on performance of graduates on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) which is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The EPPP is broken into eight content areas or "Rubics" which are listed below, get more information by visiting our data and ranking methodology page.

Overall EPPP Passrate: 82.35%

Content AreaPercent Correct

Biological Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 13%

Social and Multicultural Bases of Behavior

Percent of Exam: 12%

Growth and Lifespan Development

Percent of Exam: 12%

Assessment and Diagnosis

Percent of Exam: 14%

Treatment, Intervention, Prevention, and Supervision

Percent of Exam: 14%

Research Methods and Statistics

Percent of Exam: 8%

Ethical, Legal, Professional Issues

Percent of Exam: 15%