Admissions is a competitive process based on criteria including academic preparation, ability to communicate effectively, potential to work with diverse populations, experience in counseling or related positions, and demonstrated commitment to the counseling field.

There are two admission cycles: fall and spring. The fall deadline for submitting application materials is October 1. The spring deadline for submitting application materials is February 1.

The following is summary of the admissions process. For details, attend an information session. If you have questions about the admissions process, you may contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon, at

Admissions Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75* on a four-point scale
  • Sufficient background in the behavioral sciences including coursework in the following:
        1. Human Development
        2. Abnormal Psychology
        3. Statistics

Students may be admitted to the program with these "deficiencies" (prerequisites not yet completed). Identified deficiencies must be removed prior to enrollment in course work beyond the first nine (9) credits. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. Credit earned to remove deficiencies will not count toward the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling.

*Students seeking an exception (based on an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75) to the admissions standards should do the following:

  1. Follow the Admission Procedures (Step 1 and 2) listed below.
  2. Submit a letter requesting an exception clearly identifying reasons that justify this exception.
  3. Provide information supportive of this exception (e.g., additional references, Graduate Record Exam scores, life experiences, etc.).

On receipt of these materials, the regular admission procedures will be followed. Academic background (including specific deficiencies) will be examined and discussed in the admission interview.

Admissions Procedures

Steps to apply to the Counselor Education Program

Step 1: Apply to the School of Graduate Studies by either February 1 or October 1. Click here to access the online application. To apply, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have an overall undergraduate grade point average of *2.75 on a four-point scale. The application needs to be complete and received by Feb 1 or Oct 1 along with a $56.00 application fee.

Request a hard copy of transcripts from your undergraduate school(s) be sent to the UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies by Feb 1 or Oct 1.

School of Graduate Studies
Roseman 2013, UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190

The School of Graduate Studies will forward the application and transcripts to the Counselor Education Department. For more information you can call or write to the School of Graduate Studies at 262-472-1006,  

Step 2: Submit application materials to the Counselor Education Department by Feb 1 or Oct 1. Electronic documents will be accepted.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Brief autobiography
  • Two to three page essay pertaining to career goals and plans
  • Reference letters from two (2) persons knowledgeable about the student's potential to do graduate work and function successfully as a counselor. All reference letters will need to be completed online.  The link will be provided to the applicant upon completion of the graduate school application.  It will be the applicant's responsibility to provide their references with this link.    
  • By making an application to the Counselor Education Program, the applicant affirms that he/she has read the current online version of the Student Handbook and will abide by the standards and requirements as listed in the handbook, including being able to pass a background check prior to commencing clinical work.

Send the above materials to (electronically) or in the mail addressed as follows:

The Chairperson
Department of Counselor Education
Winter Hall 6035, UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190

All documents (hard copies or electronic) must be submitted by the admissions due date or the applicant will not be considered for the current admission process. When the due date falls on the weekend, the next business day becomes the effective due date.

Step 3: Departmental Review

  1. Individuals meeting application requirements will have applications reviewed.
  2. Applicants chosen for further consideration will have an interview scheduled.
  3. Admissions is a competitive process based on the following criteria:
      • Academic preparation
      • Ability to communicate effectively
      • Potential to work with diverse populations
      • Experience in counseling or related positions
      • Demonstrated commitment to the counseling field

There are two admissions cycles, fall and spring. The deadline for submitting application materials for a fall review is October 1. The deadline for submitting application materials for a spring review is February 1. Start dates are routinely summer and fall.


Definition of Full-time/Part-time Student Loads

Full-time student loads are defined as 9 credit hours fall and spring semesters, and 6 credit hours during summer session.

Part-time student loads are defined as fewer than 9 credit hours fall and spring semesters, and fewer than 6 credit hours during summer session.