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DAIRY SCEINCE 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 research, and course tracks

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 completed in courses numbered 700 or higher; or in courses numbered 300–699—the Department of Dairy Science faculty assess graduate students separately from undergraduates in this range; or in courses outside of the dairy science department identified as graduate level by the course’s subject owner, and as agreed upon by the student’s graduate committee members and approved by department certification committee.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher; or in courses numbered 300–699—the Department of Dairy Science faculty assess graduate students separately from undergrads in this range; or in courses outside of the dairy science department identified as graduate level by the course’s subject owner, and as agreed upon by student’s graduate committee members and approved by department certification committee.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

A minimum of 30 graduate credits (semester credits, courses numbered 300 or greater), after the B.S. degree. A minimum of 16 graduate credits must be taken while a graduate student at UW–Madison.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree may count toward the M.S. degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Courses taken post–B.S. as a University Special student do not automatically count toward a graduate degree. A maximum of 15 credits may be allowed for courses numbered 300 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

A minimum of 32 of the total of 51 credits must be taken while a graduate student at UW–Madison.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree may count towards the Ph.D. degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Courses taken post–B.S. as a University Special student do not automatically count toward a graduate degree. A maximum of 15 credits may be allowed for courses numbered 300 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

No specific courses required.

Program-Specific Courses Required

No specific courses required.

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 specific grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Probation Policy

In compliance with Graduate School policy, listed below, and at discretion of M.S. committee.

If students were admitted on probation and they satisfy the conditions outlined at the time of admission, probationary status will be removed automatically. Once their studies have begun, students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students must be in good academic standing with the Graduate School, their program, and their advisor. The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who received grades of BC, C, D, F, or I in graduate-level courses (300 or above), or grades of U in research and thesis. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment, and the student may be suspended from graduate studies.

The Graduate School may also put students on probation for incompletes not cleared within one term. All incomplete grades must be resolved before a degree is granted.

Probation Policy

In compliance with Graduate School policy, listed below, and at discretion of Ph.D. committee.

If students were admitted on probation and they satisfy the conditions outlined at the time of admission, probationary status will be removed automatically. Once their studies have begun, students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree.

Students must be in good academic standing with the Graduate School, their program, and their advisor. The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who received grades of BC, C, D, F, or I in graduate-level courses (300 or above), or grades of U in research and thesis. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment, and the student may be suspended from graduate studies.

The Graduate School may also put students on probation for incompletes not cleared within one term. All incomplete grades must be resolved before a degree is granted

Advisor / Committee

M.S.–course track requirements:

Successful completion of the following items. These must be completed in a timely fashion or the student will not be allowed to continue registration.

Form an M.S. mentor committee (by end of first semester).

Meet with M.S. committee to approve plan for coursework and review of literature (by end of second semester)

M.S.–research track requirements:

Successful completion of the following items. These must be completed in a timely fashion or the student will not be allowed to continue registration. Please note that minimum requirements are provided, however successful completion of the M.S. degree also requires making a research contribution to the scientific literature.

Form an M.S. mentor committee (by end of first semester).

Meet with the M.S. committee. Approve plan for coursework and immediate research plans (by end of second semester)

Advisor / Committee

To complete the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Dairy Science, successful completion of the following items is required. These must be completed in a timely fashion or the student will not be allowed to continue registration. Please note that minimum requirements are provided, however successful completion of the Ph.D. requires achievement of the standing of demonstrated scientist, through your Ph.D. program and by making a significant research contribution to the scientific literature.

Form a Ph.D. mentor and examination committee (by end of first semester).

Meet with the Ph.D. committee. Approve coursework and immediate research plans (by end of second semester)

Assessments and Examinations

M.S.–course track: Complete coursework and review of literature (documentation of completion is required before M.S. defense) and final defense and examination.

M.S.–research track: Complete coursework and M.S. research (documentation of completion is required before M.S. defense) and final defense and examination.

Assessments and Examinations

Schedule preliminary examination and file request for preliminary examination (by end of fourth semester).

Complete written preliminary examination; complete oral preliminary examination (by end of fifth semester). If passed, warrant should be signed and returned to the Graduate School. Student will be a dissertator.

Complete research and thesis. Regular meetings with the committee are expected. Request for final examination (includes documentation that exam requirements have been met). Final defense and examination.

Time Constraints

Form an M.S. mentor committee (by end of first semester).

Meet with M.S. committee to approve plan for coursework and review of literature (by end of second Semester)

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

Form a Ph.D. mentor and examination committee (by end of first semester).

Meet with the Ph.D. committee. Approve coursework and immediate research plans (by end of second semester)

Schedule preliminary examination and file request for preliminary examination (by end of fourth semester).

Complete written preliminary examination; complete oral preliminary examination (by end of fifth semester).

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 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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.