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COMPARATIVE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 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., M.S./DVM dual degree

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D., Ph.D./DVM dual degree

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

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work may include UW–Madison courses that satisfy the following guidelines: numbered 700 and above; and any outside courses that have been identified as graduate level by the course’s subject owner.

Half of all degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Courses taken as a University Special student are not allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement unless taken at the 700 level or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work may include UW–Madison courses that satisfy one of the following guidelines: numbered 700 and above; and any outside courses that have been identified as graduate level by the course’s subject owner.

Half of all degree coursework (31 credits out of 51 total) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Courses taken as a University special Student are not allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement unless taken at the 700 level or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may transfer no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. These courses may not be used toward the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Residence Credit. 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 may count up to 6 credits of advanced undergraduate coursework from UW–Madison in lieu of or in combination with credits transferred from another institution. These courses must meet the Graduate School’s criteria as graduate coursework and may not be used toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement unless taken at the 700 level or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students may count up to 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student in lieu of or in combination with credits transferred from another institution or as a UW–Madison undergraduate. Coursework taken as a University Special student would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. 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 may transfer no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. These courses may not be used toward the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Residence Credit. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to the doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits of advanced undergraduate coursework taken at UW–Madison in lieu of or in combination with credits transferred from another institution. These courses must meet the Graduate School’s criteria as graduate coursework and may not be used toward the 50% graduate coursework requirement unless taken at the 700 level or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students may count up to 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student in lieu of or in combination with credits transferred from another institution or as a UW–Madison undergraduate. Coursework taken as a University Special student would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to the doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

8 to 15 credits maximum for fall and spring; 2 credits required in summer if student is supported.

Credits per Term Allowed

8 to 15 credits maximum for fall and spring; 2 credits required in summer if student is supported. Dissertators must register for 3 credits in all semesters.

Program-Specific Courses Required

One semester of Pathobiological Sciences Student Seminar (PBS 930) and one semester of Pathobiological Sciences Thesis Defense Seminar (PBS 920) in final semester.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Two semesters of Pathobiological Sciences Student Seminar (PBS 930) and one semester of Pathobiological Sciences Dissertation Defense Seminar (PBS 920) in final semester.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

No minor required.

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 major coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all major coursework.

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 based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

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 based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All students must have an advisor prior to final admission. A thesis committee consisting of 3 members, the advisor plus one program trainer and one outside member, must be chosen by the end of the first semester. The third member may be a scientist, industry expert or faculty from another institution.

Advisor / Committee

All students must have an advisor prior to final admission. A dissertation committee consisting of 5 members, the advisor plus two program trainers and two outside members, must be chosen by the end of the first year. The fifth member may be a scientist, industry expert or faculty from another institution.

Assessments and Examinations

After the committee is chosen, the student must submit certification paperwork that details the intended coursework plan, the committee members’ names and signatures, a short explanation of why they were chosen and an appended research plan. Certification plans will be reviewed and approved by the program academic committee.

Students are expected to meet with their committee at least once per year until degree completion.

Candidates are required to present a thesis defense or, at the option of the major professor and with the approval of the thesis committee, the equivalent in the form of a substantial paper suitable for publication. The thesis or paper must be approved by the student’s committee at least two weeks prior to the final examination.

Assessments and Examinations

After the committee is chosen, the student must submit certification paperwork that details the intended coursework plan, the committee members’ names and signatures, a short explanation of why they were chosen and an appended research plan. Certification plans will be reviewed and approved by the program academic committee.

Students are expected to meet with their committee at least once per year until degree completion.

There are two preliminary examinations. The first (A) consists of a take-home exam of questions authored by the student’s dissertation committee, followed by an oral exam. The student may retake the exam once if they fail on the first attempt.

The second preliminary examination (B) requires that the student write their research plan in the form of a major grant application and defend it orally before the committee.

Candidates must present broad-based evidence of general proficiency in research and the ability to conduct independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation presenting original research.

Time Constraints

Certification should be completed by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

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

Certification should be completed by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Preliminary examination A should be taken by the end of the second year.

Preliminary examination B should be taken by the end of the third year.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing preliminary examination B may be required to take another preliminary examination 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.