Psychology Degrees in Madison, WI: Program and Course Information

The Madison, WI, area has five colleges that offer psychology degrees and courses. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements at three schools within 45 miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

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Schools in Madison with Psychology Programs

This article looks at three schools in the Madison area and the psychology programs they offer. Two of these schools are in the city, and one is about an hour from downtown. There is also a table of information about these three institutions, such as enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate. At the end of the article is a little information about two more nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison is about a mile from the downtown area and has a bachelor's degree program in psychology, as well as master's and doctoral programs in psychology and counseling psychology.
  • Edgewood College is around two miles from downtown Madison and has bachelor's degree programs in psychology and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.
  • About 41 miles from downtown Madison is Beloit College, which offers a bachelor's degree in psychology.

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  • Comparitive Psychology
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  • Environmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
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Comparison of Schools

Prospective students need to consider many factors when choosing a school. This table presents important statistics that can help them make a decision.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Edgewood College Beloit College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 42,598* 2,980* 1,303*
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city Small city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $10,415 in-state;
$29,665 out-of-state*
$26,550* $45,050*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2014) 66%* 100%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 57%* 76%* 69%*
Retention Rate (2014) 95% for full-time students; 75% for part-time students* 81% for full-time students* 85% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2008) 84%* 62%* 80%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

The University of Wisconsin - Madison (UWM) is a public research university and is the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system. The university offers training in psychology that prepares students for clinical, applied, academic and research careers.

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

UWM offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology. In the program, students must take a breadth of coursework that can include cognitive and perceptual, social and personality, biological and clinical psychology. Other classes include child psychology, human development, neurobiology and human motivation. Students pursuing a B.A. must finish one level above the school's foreign language requirement, while B.S. students must take two added courses in high-level math.

Master of Science in Psychology

Students can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology at UWM by completing a first-year thesis project or 30 credits of required coursework. This M.S. degree program is generally useful for students planning to complete the doctoral program in psychology.

Master of Science in Counseling

A terminal master's degree in counseling is available for those interested in practicing counseling and is one of the steps used to prepare students to become licensed professional counselors in Wisconsin. The program focuses on community counseling with studies in consultation skills, addictions, multicultural counseling and professional ethics. A master's thesis and 48 credits of coursework are required. Students in the program are eligible to receive hands-on training at the university's counseling psychology training clinic.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in psychology consists of coursework, a first-year project, a minor, an exam to become eligible for the Ph.D. degree and a dissertation. This program is for students planning to do research or teach at the college level. There are concentrations in biology of brain and behavior, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, social and personality, perception or developmental psychology. The APA-accredited clinical psychology major trains students to become both a scientist and practitioner of psychology. The graduate psychology department at UWM also has access to National Institute of Health training grants in language and emotion.

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

The APA-accredited Ph.D. program in counseling psychology at UWM prepares students to become professional psychologists. Those who have a master's degree in counseling, as well as certain students with bachelor's degrees, are eligible for the program. This Ph.D. program includes coursework, a dissertation and an internship and takes about five years to complete if entering with a master's degree. Those who have a bachelor's degree often take about six years to finish the Ph.D. program, but a master's degree is not earned. Practicum training begins the first year for students entering the program with a master's degree. Some locations where students have received training include a veteran's hospital, UW hospital, community agencies and the counseling clinics at UWM.

Edgewood College

Edgewood College is a small Catholic institution less than ten minutes from downtown Madison. The school has a bachelor's degree program where students can pursue psychology as a general option, or they can choose from one of three concentrations: clinical and counseling psychology, substance abuse and human services. All students in the undergrad psychology program are required to complete an internship. For students desiring to work in marriage and family counseling, a master's degree program is also available.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Students pursuing the bachelor's degree in general psychology are required to take coursework in subjects like gender and culture, human development, applied psychology and foundational psychology. The clinical and counseling concentration prepares students for graduate psychology and counseling programs with courses in substance abuse treatment, multicultural counseling, assessment, group therapy and family therapy. Some of the required courses in the human services concentration involve case management, welfare policy, social change and group methods. The human services concentration gets students ready for careers and graduate studies in social work and community services. The substance abuse concentration includes courses such as treatment, addiction, psychotherapies and assessment, and trains learners using the biopsychosocial model of addiction. Upon completion of the B.S. program with a substance abuse concentration, students are eligible to become certified substance abuse counselors in the state of Wisconsin.

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

The master's degree program in marriage and family therapy is a professional program with courses offered in the evening. Some of the required classes in the program include human sexuality and dysfunction, psychopathology, substance abuse, psychopharmacology and couples therapy. Students must complete 500 clinical contact hours, plus a 1-year internship. Graduates of the program are eligible to become licensed to practice therapy as an associate. Further supervised practice is required to become a fully licensed marriage and family therapist.

Beloit College

Beloit College is a small, private school located about 60 minutes south of Madison, nestled along the Illinois border. The school offers an undergraduate program in psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students can earn a B.A. in Psychology with courses in areas that include social and cultural psychology, personality psychology, developmental psychology and experimental psychology. Some of the upper-division classes include psychotherapy and psychological testing, as well as developmental, pediatric and applied social psychology. Past students have completed optional internships in shelters, day care facilities, substance abuse centers, probation offices and nursing homes.

Other School Options

Madison Area Technical College is a public school that offers primarily associate's degrees, and is located less than four miles from Madison. Some courses offered at the college include abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology and social psychology. The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater is part of the University of Wisconsin system and is about 38 miles from Madison. UW - Whitewater offers the B.S. and B.A. in Psychology, with concentrations that can prepare students for either scientist-practitioner or scientific research graduate programs.

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