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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 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.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (16 out of 32 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above, or in courses 300–699 that have been defined as graduate level by the courses' subject owner (courses in which graduate students are assessed separately; courses in which graduate students comprise a majority; or courses in which the instructor designs for graduate rigor).

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No credits from another institution are allowed to count toward the program.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Courses Envir St 651 Conservation Biology and Envir St 449 Government and Natural Resources taken as a UW–Madison undergraduate may count toward the program in place of the Envir St 951 Conservation of Biodiversity and Envir St 843 Land Use Policy and Planning curriculum requirements, respectively. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the program is not allowed to satisfy graduate residency or graduate degree requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition) courses Envir St 651 Conservation Biology and Envir St 449 Government and Natural Resources taken as a UW–Madison Special student may count toward the program in place of the Envir St 951 Conservation of Biodiversity and Envir St 843 Land Use Policy and Planning curriculum requirements, respectively. If 843 has been taken already as a UW–Madison special student, the 843 curriculum requirement would be satisfied provided the tuition difference between Special and graduate status was paid. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the program is not allowed to satisfy graduate residency, graduate degree, or graduate coursework requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Land Use Policy and Planning (Envir St 843), Conservation of Biodiversity (Envir St 951), Conservation Planning (Envir St 972), Environmental Conservation Leadership Seminar I (Envir St 973), Environmental Conservation Leadership Seminar II (Envir St 974), Environmental Conservation Leadership Seminar III (Envir St 975), Environmental Conservation Leadership Seminar IV (Envir St 976), Environmental Conservation Tools Modules (Envir St 978), Advanced Independent Study (Envir St 999).

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

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

Probation Policy

The status of a student falls into one of the following three categories:

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).

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their advisor, scheduled by October 30 and completed by December 10. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on the student’s enrollment.

Assessments and Examinations

All students must submit a leadership placement plan by April 30. They must then present an exit seminar as well as submit a final comprehensive report by August 30.

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.