Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology

Recommended Course Sequence

There is no single recommended course sequence for students, given that the vast majority enter the program already having completed a master’s degree in a mental health field. Thus, they waive a diverse range of pre-doctoral courses, and usually complete their remaining classes in the program in two years. Some courses may be offered in the Psychology Department at Marquette (often every other year); some courses may be available for COPS students through the Marquette University (MU) - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Exchange Program.  COPS students seeking to take a course through the MU-UWM Exchange Program must obtain prior approval by the Director of Training and the Department Chair before applying to the MU-UWM Exchange Program. In addition, they must notify the Graduate School before contacting UWM. Note that the PDQE and the dissertation proposal must be completed before applying for the pre-doctoral internship.

Petitions for Exceptions to Program Requirements

The department is not flexible with regard to many of the program requirements which are described in the handbook, but exceptions to some requirements are granted if a compelling rationale is provided. Students should begin the process of submitting a petition by consulting with their academic advisors. Students can then initiate a petition for an exception to Program requirements by submitting a written request to the department chair. Most of these petitions will be decided by a vote of the department faculty at their next regularly scheduled meeting, though the Graduate School will decide issues related to their requirements.



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