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ART 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.

Master of Fine Arts Degree:

MFA

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

42 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

60 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

33 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

24 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of the degree coursework (21 credits out of 42 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (30 credits out of 60 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above, or in the following courses clearly designated as a graduate course: Art 608 Interdisciplinary Critique.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

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

Prior Coursework Requirements: 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 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special students. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

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

Prior Coursework Requirements: 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 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special students. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits per semester, 13 with petition

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits per semester, 13 with petition

Program-Specific Courses Required

Intro to Graduate Studies (Art 700), one seminar course (Art 908 or other), two art history courses above the 300 level, one outside academic (taken beyond the Art, Art History, and Design Studies Department), and one Colloquium (Art 508)

Program-Specific Courses Required

MFA students must complete courses for MA and in addition, one seminar course (Art 908 or other).

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to grade standards but permitted to enroll; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status)

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

Probation Policy

Student progress will be reviewed through coursework or at yearly meetings. If the advisor and graduate committee find that at the yearly meeting or at any other time that a student has failed to achieve satisfactory progress with academic or conduct expectations the student may be dismissed from the program.

Students placed on probation will be placed on probation for one semester and will be reviewed by the program steering committee following the probationary semester. Students placed on probation may be dismissed or allowed to continue based upon review of progress during the probationary semester.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their major professor. Committee is formed by the end of the student's third semester for M.A. qualifiers in their fourth semester.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with the chair and members of their committee. The committee will meet at the end of the student's sixth semester to review work for the MFA degree.

Assessment and Examinations

At the end of the fourth semester, M.A. candidates will have an oral and written review of their creative work conducted by a committee of three tenure-track professors and an optional fourth, nonsigning member.

Assessment and Examinations

At the end of the sixth semester, MFA candidates will have an oral review of their creative work conducted by a committee of fourth tenure-track professors and an optional fifth, nonsigning member.

Time Constraints

The M.A. show of creative work must be completed by the fourth semester of the candidate's studies.

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

The MFA show of creative work must be completed by the sixth or seventh semester of the candidate’s studies.

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.