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CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 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. (Beginning Summer 2015, the M.S. with teacher certification will be available as an M.S. with available named options in Secondary English Education, Secondary Mathematics Education, Secondary Science Education, and Secondary Social Studies Education).

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

M.S.: 30 credits

M.S. with named option: 51 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

M. S.: 21 credits

M.S. with named option: 51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

36 credits beyond the master’s before taking the preliminary examination

Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement

100% of the credits taken at UW–Madison must be completed in courses numbered 700 and above, or in courses numbered 500–699; C&I courses in this range assess graduate students and undergraduate students separately. Courses taken outside of C&I must be defined as graduate level by the courses’ subjects owners.

Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement

36 credits out of 51 total credits must be completed in courses at UW–Madison numbered 700 and above, or in courses numbered 500–699; C&I courses in this range assess graduate students and undergraduate students separately. Courses taken outside of C&I must be defined as graduate level by the courses’ subjects owners. Those 36 credits must be completed before taking the preliminary examination.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

M.S.: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. This coursework does not appear on a UW–Madison transcript nor count toward graduate career GPA. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.S. with named option: Students may not transfer in credits of graduate course from other institutions.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

M.S.: No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

M.S. with named option: No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

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 9 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. with named option: No credits as a UW–Madison University Special student are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No prior coursework from other institutions can be counted in the 36 credits required before taking the preliminary examination. coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

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 the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 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 doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

M.S.: None required.

M.S. with named option: Requirements vary by named option; see program website

Program-Specific Courses Required

One required course, Curric 712 Introduction to Curriculum and Instruction

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

M.S.: 3.25 GPA required.

M.S. with named option: 3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

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

Other Grade Requirements

Ph.D. students must earn a B average or above in all coursework.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of two options:

1. Satisfactory progress (progressing according to standards)

2. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; permitted to enroll with specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of unsatisfactory progress to avoid dismissal from the program).

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of two options:

1. Satisfactory progress (progressing according to standards)

2. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; permitted to enroll with specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of unsatisfactory progress to avoid dismissal from the program).

Advisor

All students are required to have an advisor. An advisor is assigned to all incoming students. To ensure that they are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, students should meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

The advisor serves as the thesis advisor. Students can be suspended from the program, if they do not have an advisor.

Advisor

All students are required to have an advisor. An advisor is assigned to all incoming students. To ensure they are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, students should meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

The advisor serves as the thesis advisor. Students can be suspended from the program, if they do not have an advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

M. S. – thesis & examination required.

M.S. with named option – requirements vary by named option; please see the program website

Assessments and Examinations

Doctoral students must pass the preliminary examination within five yrs of starting the program.

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

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing the preliminary examination may by require 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 other than the English proficiency required for admission.

Language Requirements

No language requirements other than the English proficiency required for admission.