CMHC Graduate Program
How To Apply
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.
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 should have at least one person proof read your personal essays.
You may submit your personal essays by e-mailing them as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The essays should be titled “Essay 1_Last Name” and “Essay 2_Last Name”, respectively. The subject line of your e-mail should be “CMHC – Essays –Last Name”. You may also submit personal essays via U.S. mail. See below for Admissions Office 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 professional recommendations from people familiar with your education and/or work experience need to be submitted. The recommendations include a letter of recommendation and completion of the recommendation rating form.
All three recommendations must be academic or work references. 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. Recommendations from work experiences must be from individuals with a supervisory relationship to you. Personal recommendations are not acceptable, such as those from family members, co-workers, friends, one’s personal mental health counselor, one’s personal clergy member, etc.
The letters of recommendation and completed recommendation rating form must be submitted directly to Admissions from the person providing the recommendation.
You should provide the people providing your recommendations with the link to the recommendation rating form and the following information. The person providing the recommendation may submit the letter and completed rating form by e-mailing them as attachments to email@example.com. The letter of recommendation should be titled “Recommendation_Applicant Last Name_Recommender Last Name” and the completed rating form should be titled “Rating Form_Applicant Last Name_Recommender Last Name”. The subject line of your e-mail should be “CMHC – Recommendation – Applicant Last Name”. They may also submit recommendations via U.S. mail. See below for Admissions Office mailing address.”
You may submit your resume by e-mailing it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The resume should be titled “Resume_Last Name”. The subject line of your e-mail should be “CMHC – Resume –Last Name”. You may also submit the resume via U.S. mail. See below for Admissions Office mailing address
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. Documentation of good standing can be sent from the director of the previous graduate program via e-mail directly to Dr. Aaron Carlstrom, Coordinator of CMHC Program (email@example.com).
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com), 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).