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(Master of Science)

The mission of the department is to prepare professional counselors to improve the human condition and advocate for social justice in an increasingly diverse and complex world. Rigorous academic learning, relevant experiential learning and deep self-reflective learning are grounded in professional standards and contemporary research and occur within a mutually-engaging environment that embraces diversity, positive regard and authenticity.


The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Counseling provides graduate-level training for students interested in the field of counseling in a variety of educational and community settings. The program is designed to help students achieve competencies required by regulatory bodies such as the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, employing agencies, and professional organizations.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers three emphases within the Counseling Program. These emphases include Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), Higher Education Counseling and School Counseling, The Higher Education and School programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2016. The CMHC emphasis was recently added to our program and has replaced the Community Counseling emphasis. The accreditation process is underway for the CMHC program as is the re-accreditation process for the Higher Education and School emphases. We anticipate a positive accreditation decision in late 2015/early 2016.


Each emphasis includes clinical and specific content courses with the CMHC including 60 credits of coursework, the school counseling emphasis including 51 credits and the higher education counseling emphasis including 48 credits. All programs can be completed in three years for students engaged in full time study (e.g., 9 credits/semester; 6 credits/summer).