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COMMUNICATION ARTS 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

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be received in courses specifically designed for graduate work: courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students in a graduate program (Com Arts 609 Digital Media Production for Grads); courses numbered 300–699 that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students, (Com Arts 355, 358, 372, 419, 420, 448, 450, 451, 454, 458, 459, 463, 509, 525, 540, 547, 556, 557, 560, 562, 568, 576, 570, 571, 572, 577, 608, 609, 610, 613, 616, 617, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667, 669, 670, 671, 674, 675).

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be received in courses specifically designed for graduate work: courses numbered 700 and above; courses numbered 300–699 that are specifically designed for graduate students in a graduate program, (Com Arts 609, Digital Media Production for Grads); courses numbered 300–699 that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students, (Com Arts 355, 358, 372, 419, 420, 448, 450, 451, 454, 458, 459, 463, 509, 525, 540, 547, 556, 557, 560, 562, 568, 576, 570, 571, 572, 577, 608, 609, 610, 613, 616, 617, 662, 663, 664, 665, 667, 669, 670, 671, 674, 675).

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, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework taken as a UW–Madison undergraduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or 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 15 credits of graduated coursework taken as a UW–Madison Special student. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral 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

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework taken as a UW–Madison undergraduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or 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 15 credits of graduated coursework taken as a UW–Madison special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

10-credit maximum unless additional credits are approved by faculty adviser, up to 15

Credits per Term Allowed

10-credit maximum unless additional credits are approved by faculty adviser, up to 15

Program-Specific Courses Required

Varies by area of study.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Varies by area of study.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.50 average required of all coursework taken within the department.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.50 average required of all coursework taken within the department.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

All graduate students must stay "in good standing" in the department to be eligible for teaching assignments, awards, and fellowships, and in order to be considered to be making satisfactory progress in the program. Students whose progress is rated unsatisfactory by their faculty may face loss of funding and/or dismissal from the program.

The department's minimum criteria for good standing are:

1. Timely progress through the program, consisting of successful completion of M.A. and Ph.D. requirements and compliance with coursework, advising, and dissertation expectations.

2. A cumulative grade point average for coursework within the department of 3.5 or above.

3. No grades of Incomplete on the student’s record.

Probation Policy

All graduate students must stay "in good standing" in the department to be eligible for teaching assignments, awards, and fellowships, and in order to be considered to be making satisfactory progress in the program. Students whose progress is rated unsatisfactory by their faculty may face loss of funding and/or dismissal from the program.

The department's minimum criteria for good standing are:

1. Timely progress through the program, consisting of successful completion of M.A. and Ph.D. requirements and compliance with coursework, advising, and dissertation expectations.

2. A cumulative grade point average for coursework within the department of 3.5 or above.

3. No grades of Incompletef on the student’s record.

Advisor / Committee

All students are assigned an advisor when they enter the program, but may switch advisers if appropriate for their studies. While no faculty member is obliged to accept a student’s request to serve as advisor, invitations are usually accepted except where the faculty member judges that a different advisor would serve the student’s needs and interests better.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the advisor on a regular basis (at least once a semester), to consult with him/her on selection of courses, and to receive feedback on progress through the program, including dissertator stage. Dissertators living outside of Madison must make sure that an acceptable substitute for such a meeting is agreed upon with the advisor. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in an unsatisfactory grade in Research and Thesis, and could lead to dismissal from the program.

All students are required to complete a Professional Activities Report (PAR) each Spring.

Advisor / Committee

All students are assigned an advisor when they enter the program, but may switch advisers if appropriate for their studies. While no faculty member is obliged to accept a student’s request to serve as advisor, invitations are usually accepted except where the faculty member judges that a different advisor would serve the student’s needs and interests better.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the advisor on a regular basis (at least once a semester), to consult with him/her on selection of courses, and to receive feedback on progress through the program, including dissertator stage. Dissertators living outside of Madison must make sure that an acceptable substitute for such a meeting is agreed upon with the advisor. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in an unsatisfactory grade in Research and Thesis, and could lead to dismissal from the program.

All students are required to complete a Professional Activities Report (PAR) each Spring.

Assessments and Examinations

Communication Science and Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture generally require a formal thesis; Film and Media and Cultural Studies require comprehensive examinations.

Assessments and Examinations

Students must successfully complete preliminary examinations before moving on to dissertator status.

Students must complete and defend a Ph.D. dissertation prospectus before writing the dissertation.

Time Constraints

Master's degrees are generally expected to be completed within five semesters of matriculation.

Time Constraint

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

Film area requires two years study of a foreign language.

Language Requirements

Film area requires two years study of a foreign language.