CMHC Graduate Program

How To Apply

 

All Undergraduate Transcripts

If you are a graduate of UW-Parkside then there is no need to submit your UW-Parkside transcripts. For Parkside graduates who transferred to UWP, the Admissions Office may also have transcripts from other institutions you attended. If you have questions regarding which transcripts we already have or about submitting transcripts, then please contact the Admissions Office: 262-595-2355 or visit admissions. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to UW-Parkside.

Personal Essays

Two essays are to be submitted. Essays that are 1-2 double-spaced pages tend to be an appropriate length. In addition to evaluating the content of the essays, the program faculty also evaluate the writing quality.

You may submit your personal essays using the “Submit letters of recommendation, essay, and resume here” link that is found in the “How to Apply” section of the CMHC webpage. You may also submit personal essays via U.S. mail. See below for mailing address.

Essay 1 – What are your professional goals and how do you envision the CMHC program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside helping you to reach those goals? In your response, describe your interest in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and how your experiences – academic, work, volunteer and/or personal – have led you to apply for a graduate program in counseling at UW-Parkside.

Essay 2 - Success in a CMHC graduate program is influenced by students’ academic background and achievement, and personal characteristics and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, the CMHC program at UW-Parkside and the counseling profession are committed to training counselors to develop competencies in multicultural counseling, advocacy, and social justice issues. Describe how your academic background and achievement, and personal characteristics and interpersonal skills, have prepared you for this program? Also, how have your experiences prepared you to develop as a multiculturally competent counselor?

Three (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation

Three professional letters of recommendation from people familiar with your education and/or work experience need to be submitted. The letters should address your preparation and suitability for graduate study. All three letters must be academic or work references. At least one letter must be an academic letter of reference (for example from a professor/instructor). At least one letter must be a work reference. This can be from full-time or part-time work; paid, volunteer or internship work; and from human services or other types of work experiences. Letters from work experiences must be from individuals with a supervisory relationship to you. Personal letters of reference are not acceptable, such as those from family members, co-workers, friends, one’s personal mental health counselor, one’s personal clergy member, etc.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to Admissions from the letter writer. Letter writers may submit letters of recommendation using the “Submit letters of recommendation, essay, and resume here” link that is found in the “How to Apply” section of the CMHC webpage. (You should provide letter writers directions for accessing the link). Letter writers may also submit letters of recommendation via U.S. mail. See below for mailing address.

Resume

You may submit your resume using the “Submit letters of recommendation, essay, and resume here” link that is found in the “How to Apply” section of the CMHC webpage. You may also submit your resume via U.S. mail. See below for mailing address.

All Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)

If an applicant has attended graduate school, then all graduate transcripts need to be submitted, whether or not one completed the program. Furthermore, if an applicant left another graduate program prior to earning a degree, then they need to submit documentation (e.g., a letter) from the director of the graduate program indicating that the applicant was in good standing when they left the graduate program.

Application materials may also be sent via U.S. Mail to:
UW- Parkside Admissions Office
900 Wood Rd
PO Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
USA

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What courses are considered social science? Courses from the following academic disciplines are considered social science for the purposes of applying to the CMHC program at UW-Parkside: psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, communication, education, geography, political science, and economics. Other disciplines may be accepted.

What if I do not have a minimum of 18 undergraduate social science courses? Applicants who do not meet the minimum social sciences requirement should e-mail Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, Coordinator of CMHC Program (carlstro@uwp.edu).

What if I do not have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0? Applicants who do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement may submit additional materials to demonstrate that they are academically prepared for graduate work, such as GRE or MAT scores. E-mail Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, Coordinator of CMHC Program (carlstro@uwp.edu), if you have questions about this requirement.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75-2.99 may be admitted on a probationary status (without submitting GRE or MAT scores).