How to Find a Counseling Program in Wisconsin

Many schools offer counseling degree programs in Wisconsin, including both online and traditional programs. Which one is right for you depends on what you personally need and want from a program. Take into account your budget, schedule, career goals, and personal interests as you evaluate the different program options.

Counseling Degree Pathways in Wisconsin

The first decision to make is what type of degree you want to pursue. What degrees are currently available to you depends on whether you've previously earned any degrees. Even if you haven't, though, you can work through the various degree levels until you reach your academic goals. In hierarchical order, the counseling degrees that schools offer are:

  • Associate Counseling Degree: A basic two-year program that can be completed immediately after high school. It can help you quickly become qualified for entry-level counseling work.
  • Bachelor's Counseling Degree: A standard four-year program that can be completed after high school, or done in two years after an associate degree. It can help you become qualified for counseling work below that of a licensed professional counselor (LPC), and the degree will also qualify you for master's programs.
  • Master's Counseling Degree: A standard one to two-year program that requires a bachelor's degree first. It's needed if you want to become an LPC in Wisconsin and will qualify you for most counseling work.
  • Doctorate Degree: An advanced three to six-year program that requires a bachelor's degree, and you might need a master's for the more competitive doctoral programs. A Ph.D. will involve extensive counseling research, while a Psy.D. will involve extensive clinical study. Either can qualify you for leadership and other high-level work in counseling.
  • Graduate Certificate: A non-degree program that's six to twelve months, and requires a bachelor’s degree. It can help you specialize and may be completed before or after a master's program. 

Choose a Counseling Specialty

As a counselor, you can provide general counseling services or more specialized services. Many degree programs have specialization tracks if you want to specialize. For example, Wisconsin schools have specialization tracks in:

  • Clinical mental health counseling
  • Addiction counseling
  • School counseling
  • Behavior therapy
  • Art therapy


Regardless of degree and/or specialization, any counseling program you apply for should be accredited. An accredited program meets accepted educational requirements.

Only master's degrees by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) meet Wisconsin's licensing requirements. Non-master's programs might alternatively be accredited by another recognized academic body.

Online vs. Traditional Counseling Programs in Wisconsin

Accredited counseling programs are available online and traditionally. Check the available online programs if you have substantial other responsibilities, or need to keep tuition as affordable as possible. Check traditional programs if you want in-classroom discussions.

Becoming Licensed as a Counselor in Wisconsin

To work as an LPC in Wisconsin, you must complete a CACREP-accredited master's degree that has a three-semester practicum. You then have to complete 3,000 supervised hours of counseling work, pass the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Exam, pass the national licensing exam, and pay a fee.

LPC licenses must be renewed by February 28th on odd-numbered years. To renew, you must complete at least 30 continuing education units.

List of Counseling Degree Programs in Wisconsin

Are you searching for a counseling degree program in Wisconsin? Browse our comprehensive list of schools offering counseling programs, both online and on-campus, and follow the links to learn more about what each program has to offer.

Kenosha, WI

Certificate ProgramsMaster's Programs
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144
(262) 595-2345

Madison, WI

Master's Programs
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706-1380
(608) 263-2400

Menomonie, WI

Milwaukee, WI

Master's Programs
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-1122

Oshkosh, WI

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1234

Platteville, WI

Bachelor's Programs
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
(608) 342-1491

Plymouth, WI

Master's Programs
W3718 South Drive
Plymouth, WI 53073
(920) 565-1000

River Falls, WI

Master's Programs
410 S 3rd St
River Falls, WI 54022-5001
(715) 425-3911

Stevens Point, WI

2100 Main St
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
(715) 346-0123

Whitewater, WI

Master's ProgramsGraduate Certificate ProgramsCertificate Programs
800 W Main St
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
(262) 472-1234

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