General UW-Stout Graduate Studies Application Process  

All prospective students must follow a standard application processes which includes a general application for graduate study at UW-Stout.  Information is available on the Graduate Studies website.

Application Deadlines

February 1: Summer and Fall admission

October 1:
Spring admission

Additional Application Materials

To be considered for admission into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program you must complete the following:

Admissions Process

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty review all application materials. Applications are initially rated on based on:

  • GPA
  • Coursework and transcripts
  • Experience working with others (paid or volunteer),
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Written materials
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Note: The GRE is not required for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.


Based on the results of the application reviews, specific applicants are invited to participate in an on campus interview. Applicants who are being invited for the interview are usually notified through email within ten days after the application deadline.

On campus interviews are scheduled on Fridays usually three to four weeks after the application deadline. Interviews are done in a group format and are a required part of the application process so those invited must attend to be considered for admission. At the completion of the interview all application materials and performance in the group interview are used to make decisions regarding admission to the program. Candidates are notified of their status as soon as possible after the interview process is completed, usually within one week of the interview.

More students apply than we can admit to the program; therefore, admission is competitive. The program receives around significant number of applications for the Fall admission (February 1 deadline, August start) and the Spring cycle (October 1 deadline, January start). Twelve students are accepted into the program for the Fall and Spring. 

Due to the high volume of applications the program cannot provide individual feedback to those who were not accepted to the program, but applicants who are not admitted may reapply to the program. It is extremely important to strengthen your resume if you choose to reapply either through volunteering in your community and/or work in the helping professions. 

For those students who have struggled with personal addiction to alcohol or drugs, the program strongly recommends 12 months of continuous sobriety prior to beginning the program.

For questions about the admissions process please feel free to contact the John Klem at, the program director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. For specific questions about your application (receipt of materials or missing items) please contact Deb Allen Schumacher at