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Academic Policies and Procedures: Appendices

Appendix 1 - Schools and Colleges, Graduate Degrees

University of Wisconsin-Madison Schools and Colleges

College of Agricultural and Life SciencesWisconsin School of Business
School of EducationCollege of Engineering
Graduate SchoolSchool of Human Ecology
Law SchoolCollege of Letters and Science
School of Medicine and Public HealthSchool of Nursing
Nelson Institute for Environmental StudiesSchool of Pharmacy
School of Veterinary Medicine 

Graduate Degrees Offered at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Master of French Studies (M.F.S.)
Master of International Public Affairs (M.I.P.A.)
Master of Music (M.M.)
Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Doctor of Audiology (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For a list of programs and degrees offered by each department, see UW-Madison Graduate Academic Programs. Also see the current Graduate School Catalog.

Appendix 2 - Payroll Benefits

 FellowTraineeResearch AssistantProject AssistantTeaching Assistant
Subject to State and Federal Income Taxesyes*yes*yesyesyes
Covered by Social Securitynononoyes***yes***
Health Insurance (if at least 33.0% time appointment or an equivalent)yesyesyesyesyes
Remission of nonresident portion of tuition (if at least 33.0% time appointment or an equivalent)yesnoyesyesyes
Remission of resident portion of tuition (if at least 33.33% time appointment or an equivalent)nonoyes#yes#yes#
Sick Leavenovariesnoyesyes

* May deduct tuition, fees, and books from stipends when calculating taxable income.
** Except international students. See your payroll coordinator.
*** Half-time enrollment is required for exemption.
**** The university provides fellows and trainees a summary of stipend payments each January.
# Does not include segregated fees which are the responsibility of the student.

Appendix 3 - Grading System

Grades are assigned only by instructors and are reported only by letter grade. Plus and minus grades are not accepted.

The university uses the following grading system:

 GradeGrade-points per credit

The following grades have no associated grade points and are excluded from the graduate Grade Point Average (GPA):

IIncomplete (a temporary grade when work is not completed)
PIPermanent Incomplete
NNo Credit
INIncomplete in Credit/No Credit Course (a temporary grade when work is not completed)
MMissing - used for audited courses
NRNo Report (a temporary grade for a graded course when a final grade has not been submitted by the instructor; a final grade for an audited course when the student did not meet the instructor's minimum standards)
NWNo Work - used for non-attendance in a course
QQuestion on Credits

Appendix 4 - Grade-Point Average Calculation

You can use the interactive online GPA calculator available via the Wisconsin School of Business Undergraduate Academic Services Office.

To calculate graduate GPA:

  • Refer to the grading system table in Appendix 3 above to find the grade-point value of each letter grade on your transcript.
  • Multiply the grade-point value by the number of credits for the course. For example, a three (3) credit AB would be calculated as:
     3.5grade-points for an AB
     x    3credits
  • Continue this calculation for every course numbered 300 and above that you took as a graduate student. Do include independent study courses and seminars. Do not include research courses; each department determines course numbers for their research courses. Do not include courses taken as a special student. If you have questions about which courses are not used in calculating your GPA, contact the Graduate School Office of Academic Services and Fellowship Administration, 217 Bascom Hall, 262-2433,
  • Add the total number of grade points earned and the total number of credits earned.
  • Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credits.
     215grade points
     /    60credits
    This final figure is your graduate GPA.