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CHINESE 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.

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

All 30 credits must be graduate coursework. Graduate coursework is defined as courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students (E Asian 622–672); and courses numbered 300–699 in which graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students (E Asian 350–379. 6 credits of basic coursework in East Asian Languages can count toward the total (E Asian 311, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 325, or 326.) At least 18 out of the 30 credits must be taken in this department.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

All 51 credits must be graduate coursework. Graduate coursework is defined as courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students (E Asian 622–672); and courses numbered 300–699 in which graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students (E Asian 350–379. 6 credits of basic coursework in East Asian Languages can count toward the total (E Asian 311, 312, 317, 318, 319, 320, 325, or 326.) At least 18 credits must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

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

With program approval, no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) completed while a UW–Madison undergraduate may be counted to satisfy degree requirements. 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 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 graduate coursework (as defined 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 ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) completed while a UW–Madison undergraduate may be counted to satisfy degree requirements. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

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 graduate coursework (as defined above) taken as a UW–Madison 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

All students must take the proseminar (701); two semesters of history of literature (651/652)/language (631/632) or thought (671/672); and one semester of one other history sequence. They also must take one seminar in the chosen track (931, 951, or 971). These may be substituted with other appropriate courses with the approval of the advisor. It is recommended that Chinese linguistics students take Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (431/432).

Program-Specific Courses Required

Four seminars beyond the M.A. level are required. With the consent of the major professor, courses above the 700 level (exclusive of independent-reading courses) may be substituted for up to two of the seminars.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.50 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student.

Other Grade Requirements

Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all coursework and may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.

Probation Policy

If a student’s average falls below 3.0 in a given semester, the department will decide whether the student may continue on probation. A specific plan will be arranged with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.5 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.5 is not attained 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. A student on probation may not take the preliminary examination.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to have an advisor, and should consult with a faculty member to serve as major professor no later than the end of their second semester.

To ensure they are making satisfactory progress, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to be supervised by a major professor. Students meet regularly with their advisor to ensure satisfactory progress. The major professor serves as dissertation advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

A final written examination is required.

Candidates are required to submit two substantial research papers written in seminars, or, with the consent of the major advisor, in a course at or above the 700 level.

Assessments and Examinations

A dissertation proposal must be presented to the members of the Ph.D. committee and accepted within one semester of passing the preliminary examination.

Time Constraints

The maximum time for completing all M.A. requirements and passing the M.A. examination is three years.

Master’s degree students who are absent for five or more years will not be given credit for prior work.

Time Constraints

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.

Language Requirements

Advanced proficiency in modern Chinese is required. Reading proficiency in Classical Chinese is required for students with interests in pre-twentieth century culture or historical linguistics.

Language Requirements

Advanced proficiency in modern Chinese is required. Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in classical Chinese and one additional research language.