Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to complete the program?

Full time students can complete the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in four semesters plus one or two summer sessions.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?

It is not unusual for a number of our students to be part-time. Students can progress through the program at their own pace, keeping in mind the university's seven-year limit policy. Program planning and course sequencing is important and should be discussed with the program director. While there are some evening and weekend classes available, flexibility will be needed to take all the necessary coursework.

Do I have to take all classes at Stout?

Credits earned at another graduate school can be transferred and applied to the program at UW-Stout. Transfer credits have to be approved by the program director and should be appropriate to a counseling program. See the Graduate Bulletin for specific information on transfer credits.

Do I have to write a master's thesis?

You will have the choice of writing a master's thesis or taking a comprehensive examination near the end of the program.

Will I receive licensure as a counselor as a result of completing this degree?

Completing a Master's degree in a counseling program such as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UW-Stout is only one step toward licensure. To obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in Wisconsin, you will need to obtain 3,000 hours of post-master's supervised work experience in the counseling field in not less than two years, and take the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) test. For the national Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential, you need 60 credits of graduate coursework, two years of supervised clinical practice, and a passing score on the Examination of Clinical Counseling Practice (ECCP). These issues will be discussed more thoroughly during the applicant's interview and in classes.