The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology offers a Master of Arts degree program in school counseling or a Master of Science degree program in clinical mental health counseling, with the option to specialize in addictions counseling or child and adolescent counseling.
Applicants to all graduate programs in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology should have graduated with, or be about to graduate with, a bachelor’s or a master’s degree from an accredited institution appropriate to their chosen field of graduate study
The following courses are prerequisite courses for graduate study for all programs in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology: introduction to psychology, introduction to statistics, research methods in behavioral sciences, abnormal psychology, human development, multicultural/diversity, in addition to experience in human service (field work, or service learning, or volunteer or employment).
Applicants not meeting all prerequisites may still be considered for admission, but should contact the department to discuss alternate plans for meeting the requirements prior to starting the program.
Please note that applications for admission received after the deadline or applications that are incomplete after the deadline will not be reviewed. You may want to follow up with the Graduate School at (414) 288-7137 to ensure your file is complete at.
All of the following materials must be submitted to the Graduate School (address below) by the appropriate deadline. Please do not send them to the department.
Marquette University Graduate School
1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 305
Milwaukee, WI 53233
After all applications are reviewed, the highest-ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview, which is required for admission. International applicants and others for whom the interview would be prohibitively expensive will be invited to interview over the phone. Master's interviews are Friday, March 4, 2016.
Applicant evaluation by departmental faculty
Department faculty comprehensively review applicant files, emphasizing all aspects of applicants’ backgrounds. Our assessments of potential for graduate study and success in the field are based on all components of the application, and we do not use cutoff scores with regard to previous grades or test scores. The previous median GRE combined test score of our recent master’s in counseling students was 303, and the median undergraduate GPA was 3.5. The median score on the GRE writing assessment for master's students was 4.5. The faculty admits students with lower test scores or grades when there are significant compensating factors that are important for determining success in the field. If relevant, applicants should highlight these factors in their Statement of Purpose.
Those applicants who are judged to show good potential for graduate study in our department are then invited for an interview with the departmental faculty and a group of current graduate students. After the interviews have been completed, faculty review each application and make a decision about admission to the program.
Tuition and financial aid information
Tuition for a graduate education student can be found on the Graduate School tuition page. This level of tuition is fairly competitive with other institutions.
Most of the scholarships and assistantships that we offer go to doctoral students, but occasionally there are assistantships given to master’s students. Master’s students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K-12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area, and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette. More information is available at the Graduate School's financial aid page.
We will not know the number of assistantships available to next year's students until our admissions offers are sent out during the middle of the spring semester.
Visiting the department
You are welcome to visit the department to find out more about our programs. The next department informational session is Monday, December 7th from noon to 1:00pm (future dates are: 2/1, 3/7, 4/4). We are located in room 150 of the Walter Schroeder Health and Education Complex, 561 N. 15th Street. Click here for a campus map We are building number 29. Please contact Coreen via e-mail or (414) 288-5730 to let us know you are interested in visiting or would like someone to contact you.
Marquette's Graduate School also holds open houses. The next one will be Thursday, November 5, 2015. Campus tours will take place at 4 p.m. Meet in the Alumni Memorial Union. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Graduate School Web site.
We look forward to meeting you!