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BIOMETRY 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:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in statistics courses numbered 600 or above (which the statistics department considers to be graduate courses). 

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 towards the graduate degree credit and graduate coursework (50%) requirements. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the 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

No credits earned while a UW–Madison University Special student are allowed to count toward the degree.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Yes—see the program website for a list of required courses.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement


Other Grade Requirements

A grade of B or better must be received in any course used to fulfill the required and elective course requirements.

Probation Policy

Candidates who fail to meet satisfactory progress criteria in two consecutive reviews will be dropped from the program.

Advisor / Committee

Students are required to meet with their advisor near the beginning of each semester to discuss course selection and progress.

Assessment and Examinations

Candidates must complete a project with an emphasis on the integration of statistics and science.  A final oral examination is also required upon completion of the coursework and project.

Time Constraints

The student should make application for both the master's and Ph.D. degrees during the semester in which they defend. In other words, the biometry degree should be completed by the semester in which a concurrent Ph.D. degree is completed. It is expected that all enrolled students will complete the program within three years.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.