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COMPUTER 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., with available named option Professional Program

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 out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher. This will include core courses (Computer Sciences courses numbered 700–889 with some exclusions). All remaining credits must be received for courses numbered 400 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher. All remaining credits must be received for courses numbered 400 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

M.S.: No credits taken at other institutions are allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.S.–Professional Program named option: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 14 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

M.S.:No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.S.–Professional Program named option: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree to satisfy 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

M.S.: With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.S.–Professional Program named option: With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 14 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Additional Limitations for Professional Program named option:

Summed across all the above categories (other graduate institutions, UW–Madison undergraduate, and UW–Madison Special student), a total of no more than 14 credits of prior coursework may be used to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No credits of graduate coursework from other institutions are allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirement: 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 University 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

None.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Students must take at least one "breadth course" in each of three broad topic bands; contact program for list of specific topic bands and courses. Courses used to satisfy this requirement must consist either of (1) three courses numbered 700 or above, or (2) four courses with two numbered 700 or above and two numbered 500 or above.

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

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

No other grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

Each "breadth course" (see above) must have received a grade of AB or above.

Probation Policy

At the end of any regular (nonsummer) semester, a student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if the following conditions are all satisfied:

The student has completed at least 6 (if full load) or 3 (if part load) credits of approved courses during the semester.

The student has removed all Incomplete grades from any previous regular semester or summer session.

The student has passed any required exams and procedures within designated time limits.

Any graduate student who fails to make SAP during two consecutive regular semesters (fall and spring, or spring and fall) will be dismissed from the department at the end of the subsequent summer session. Any graduate student who fails to make SAP due to missed deadlines (criterion 3 above) will be dismissed from the department at the end of the subsequent summer session.

Probation Policy

At the end of any regular (nonsummer) semester, a student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if the following conditions are all satisfied:

Before achieving dissertator status: the student has completed at least 6 (if full load) or 3 (if part load) credits of approved courses during the semester.

After achieving dissertator status: the student has satisfactorily completed at least three credits of courses approved by the student’s major professor.

The student has removed all Incomplete grades from any previous regular semester or summer session.

The student has passed any required exams and procedures within designated time limits.

Any graduate student who fails to make SAP during two consecutive regular semesters (fall and spring, or spring and fall) will be dismissed from the department at the end of the subsequent summer session. Any graduate student who fails to make SAP due to missed deadlines (criterion 3 above) will be dismissed from the department at the end of the subsequent summer session.

Advisor / Committee

In the traditional M.S., a member of the graduate advising committee must formally approve all graduate schedules each semester.

At the start of the Professional Program named option, students must submit a tentative plan of study for approval by a graduate advisor. Students continuing in the Professional Program named option must meet with a graduate advisor early in each fall semester to discuss a plan of study for the academic year.

Advisor / Committee

A member of the graduate advising committee must formally approve all graduate schedules each semester. Students who have completed the master’s degree requirements or the qualifying process and who have an official doctoral major professor may have their schedules approved by that professor.

Assessments and Examinations

None.

Assessments and Examinations

Doctoral students must complete a qualifying process, a preliminary examination, and a dissertation requirement. The qualifying process includes both completion of "breadth courses" (see above) as well as satisfactory completion of a comprehensive written depth examination in a selected focus area. The preliminary examination is an oral examination demonstrating depth of knowledge in the area of specialization in which research for the dissertation will be conducted. The dissertation requirement consists of conducting a substantial piece of original research in computer science, reporting it in a dissertation that meets the highest standards of scholarship, and explaining and defending the contents of the dissertation in a final oral examination and defense.

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

Student must pass the qualifying process by the end of the sixth semester. Students who received eight or more master’s credits for courses taken before their first semester in our graduate program are allowed only five semesters to complete the qualifying process, and only four semesters if sixteen or more credits were received. Those entering with a master’s degree in computer science are allowed only four semesters.

The preliminary exam must be taken within two years after the deadline for the qualifying exam.

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 by 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.