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CANCER BIOLOGY 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.S., with available thesis and non-thesis tracks

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

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher, or in the following courses clearly designated as graduate courses:

Oncology 675 Appropriate Conduct in Science
Oncology 675 Statistics in Genetics & Molecular Biology
Oncology 675 Readings in Cancer Biology
Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research
Oncology 675 Protein Purification
Oncology 675 Seminar
Oncology 640 General Virology–Multiplication
or in any courses numbered 300-699 outside of cancer biology that have been identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner.

Note: The courses listed under Oncology 675 are currently considered "topics" courses. Some of these course numbers may change as the courses move through the course-approval process.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher, or in the following courses clearly designated as graduate courses:

Oncology 675 Appropriate Conduct in Science
Oncology 675 Statistics in Genetics & Molecular Biology
Oncology 675 Readings in Cancer Biology
Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research
Oncology 675 Protein Purification
Oncology 675 Seminar
Oncology 640 General Virology–Multiplication
or in any courses numbered 300-699 outside of cancer biology that have been identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner.

Note: The courses listed under Oncology 675 are currently considered "topics" courses. Some of these course numbers may change as the courses move through the course-approval process.

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 or doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits numbered 300 or above from a UW–Madison undergraduate 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 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. 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 or doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits numbered 300 or above from a UW–Madison undergraduate 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 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. Coursework earned ten or more years 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

Oncology 703 Carcinogenesis & Tumor Cell Biology
Oncology 675 Readings in Cancer Biology
Oncology 675 Statistical Problems in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research
Oncology 675 Appropriate Conduct in Science
Oncology 675 Seminar

Program-Specific Courses Required

Oncology 703 Carcinogenesis & Tumor Cell Biology
Oncology 675 Readings in Cancer Biology
Oncology 675 Statistical Problems in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research
Oncology 675 Appropriate Conduct in Science
Oncology 675 Seminar

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Minor—not required. Students who wish to complete a minor have the option to do so.

Breadth Requirements—all doctoral students must complete at least three elective courses outside of the required core curriculum. If a student chooses to complete a minor, the minor coursework may fulfill the elective requirements.

Students are expected to consult with their advisor/committee concerning minor/breadth requirements by the end of their first year.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in the following courses, otherwise the course must be repeated: Oncology 703 and Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in the following courses, otherwise the course must be repeated: Oncology 703 and Oncology 675 Problems in Cancer Research

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 or an incomplete grade (I) will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained or the Incomplete grade is not cleared during the subsequent semester of full- time enrollment, the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 or an incomplete grade (I) will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained or the Incomplete grade is not cleared during the subsequent semester of full- time enrollment, the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to have an Advisor. Students must create a certification committee by the end of their first year. Master’s thesis committees must have at least three committee members. Non-thesis master’s committees must have at least one graduate faculty member from the student’s program.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to have an advisor. Students must create a certification committee (advisor plus four additional faculty members) by the end of their first year. After passing their preliminary examination, students are required to conduct a progress report meeting with their certification committee each year. Failure to do so may result in a hold being placed on the student’s registration.

Assessments and Examinations

Thesis track—requires a formal thesis.

Non-thesis track—no formal examination required.

Assessments and Examinations

All doctoral students must pass an oral preliminary examination. All requirements for a doctoral degree, except for the dissertation, must be completed at this time.

Six months before the final oral defense, all doctoral students must present a semifinal dissertation proposal to their committee for approval.  

All doctoral students must pass a final oral defense of their doctoral dissertation and subsequently deposit the dissertation in the Graduate School.

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

All doctoral students must pass their preliminary examination by the end of their second year (August 31). Under special circumstances, a one-semester extension may be granted when justified in writing by the student and advisor.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required 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.