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CLINICAL INVESTIGATION 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.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

34 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

60 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework must be completed in courses numbered 700 and above; courses required for a clinical investigation graduate degree (BMI 541, 542, 544, and 699) that have been identified as graduate-level courses by the courses’ subject owner; courses among options outside clinical investigation identified as graduate-level by the courses’ subject owner. Courses taken as a Special student numbered under the 700 level do not count toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework must be completed in courses numbered 700 and above; courses required for a Clinical Investigation graduate degree (BMI 541, 542, 544, and 699) that have been identified as graduate level courses by the courses’ subject owner; and courses among options outside Clinical Investigation identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner. Courses taken as a Special Student numbered under the 700 level do not count toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, an M.S. student’s graduate coursework from other institutions no longer than five years ago may count toward the degree.

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 any differential in tuition, M.S. and Ph.D. students may be allowed to count graduate-level courses that they took as a Special student. Because the program provides flexibility to clinical professionals who frequently begin their graduate careers part time as Special students, the program may allow up to 15 such credits for M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, a Ph.D. student’s graduate coursework from other institutions no longer than ten years ago may count toward the degree.

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 any differential in tuition, M.S. and Ph.D. students may be allowed to count graduate level courses that they took as a Special student. Because the program provides flexibility to clinical professionals who frequently begin their graduate careers part time as Special students, the program may allow up to 15 such credits for M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

All M.S. students are required to complete 6 elective credits.

Contact program for list of specific courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact program for list of specific courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a 9-credit minor/elective set of courses.

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 all core curriculum coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

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 standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; 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

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) 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

M.S. students select their faculty advising (degree) committees by the end of the first semester in the program. Students and the advisors who sign the form are asked to meet annually or more.

Advisor / Committee

Ph.D. students select their faculty advising (degree) committees by the end of the first semester in the program. Students and the advisors who sign the form are asked to meet annually or more; dissertators twice a year or more.

Assessments and Examinations

Defense of M.S. thesis required. The thesis is submitted in writing to the degree committee two weeks prior to the defense date; the thesis is defended verbally during the defense meeting.

Assessments and Examinations

Oral preliminary exam required.

Defense of Ph.D. dissertation required. The thesis is submitted in writing to the degree committee two weeks prior to the defense date; the thesis is defended verbally during the defense meeting.

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

Doctoral students are expected to pass the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation no later than five years from the date of passing the preliminary examination. The oral examination is the oral defense of the completed dissertation. Full-time students generally complete the dissertation within two years of the preliminary examination. Part-time students may take longer.

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.