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AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master's Degrees:

M.A. (non-thesis track), M.S. (thesis track), M.A. with available named option in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis (REDA)

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

M.A. and M.S.: Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above, or in the following AAE courses clearly designated as graduate courses: 520, 526, 531, 540, 635, 636, 637, 641, 642, 643, 671.

M.A. with REDA named option: 21 credits of coursework must be taken at the 700 or above level. The remaining 9 credits are taken at the 600 level and are identified as graduate-level courses.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher, or in the following AAE courses clearly designated as graduate courses: 520, 526, 531, 540, 635, 636, 637, 641, 642, 643, 671.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

M.A. and M.S.: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.A. with REDA named option: No credits of graduate coursework from other institutions may count toward the program requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

M.A. and M.S.: Up to 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree numbered 300 or above are allowed to count toward the degree, with petition from student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.A. with REDA named option: No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree may be applied toward the program requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirement: UW–Madison University Special

M.A. and M.S.:  With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.A. with REDA named option: No credits earned as a UW–Madison University Special student may be applied toward the program requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from the UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirement: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

M.A. and M.S.: Microeconomic theory (AAE 635), econometrics (AAE 636 and 637), and quantitative methods.

M.A. with REDA named option: The program's lock-step curriculum of 30 credits is described on the program website.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required courses in advanced economic theory (Econ 711 and 713; Econ 712 or 714) and econometrics (Econ 709 and 710). A 9-credit major field in one of four areas: international development, environmental and resource economics, economics of agriculture, and community economics. Contact program for list of specific courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a 9-credit minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students holding research assistantships are required to maintain an overall 3.2 GPA; grades of B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students holding research assistantships are required to maintain an overall 3.2 GPA; grades of B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects themto meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Assessments and Examinations

M.S.: The thesis track requires a thesis on an approved research topic that is defended in an oral examination.

Assessments and Examinations

Candidates are required to pass two preliminary exams, one in microeconomic theory and one in their major field. In addition, a dissertation proposal must be approved in an oral defense.

Time Constraints

Master's degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

Students must pass the microeconomic theory requirement before the beginning of year 3. Students must finish all required coursework and pass the major field exam before the beginning of year 4. Students must defend a dissertation proposal before the end of the first semester of year 4.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years afteAgricultural and Applied Economics Minimum Degree Requirements archived pager passing the preliminary examination may by require to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

 This page was revised 10/24/14.