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ENGLISH 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.A., with available tracks in applied English linguistics, and literary studies

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D., with available tracks in composition and rhetoric, English language and linguistics, and literary studies

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

M.A.–applied English linguistics track: 33 credits

M.A.–literary studies track: 32 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

Ph.D.–composition and rhetoric track: 51 credits

Ph.D.–English language and linguistics track: 63 credits

Ph.D.–literary studies track: 51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

M.A.–applied English linguistics track: 16 credits

M.A.–literary studies track: 18 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

Ph.D.–all tracks: 32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

M.A.–applied English linguistics track: All required courses in the MA track in applied English linguistics must be taken for graduate credit when available, which is those courses numbered 700 or above and including those courses listed at the bottom of this cell.* The combination of these courses and other requirements on coursework for a total of at least 21 credits out of the required 33 taken for graduate level work.

M.A.–literary studies track: All coursework for this degree (30 credits) must be completed in English courses numbered 700 or above (with the exception of English 520 Old English and 521 Beowulf)

*The following English courses assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students:

314 Structure of English; 315 English Phonology; 514 English Syntax; 516 English Grammar in Use; 316 Language Variation in the U.S.; 318 Second Language Acquisition; 413 English Words: Grammar, Culture, Mind; 414 Global Spread of English; 416 English in Society; 417 History of the English Language; 418 Linguistics and Literary Study; 419 Gender and Language; 420 Topics in English Language and Linguistics; 520 Old English; 522 Middle English; 708 Advanced English Syntax; 709 Advanced English Phonology; 710 Interaction Analysis: Talk as Social Organization; 711 Research Methods in Applied English Linguistics; 713 Topics in Contemporary English Linguistics; 715 Advanced Second Language Acquisition; 905 Seminar: Topics in Applied English Linguistics; 906 Seminar: The English Language

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Ph.D.–composition and rhetoric track: Half of degree coursework must be taken in the composition and rhetoric area and numbered 700 or higher.

Ph.D.–English language and linguistics track: At least 33 credits of a total of 63 will be designated graduate work, including courses numbered 700 or above or those courses listed at the bottom of this cell, which assess graduate students separately from undergraduates.

Ph.D.–literary studies track: At least half of the degree coursework must be taken in courses numbered 700 or above.

*The following English courses assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students:

314 Structure of English; 315 English Phonology; 514 English Syntax; 516 English Grammar in Use; 316 Language Variation in the U.S.; 318 Second Language Acquisition; 413 English Words: Grammar, Culture, Mind; 414 Global Spread of English; 416 English in Society; 417 History of the English Language; 418 Linguistics and Literary Study; 419 Gender and Language; 420 Topics in English Language and Linguistics; 520 Old English; 522 Middle English; 708 Advanced English Syntax; 709 Advanced English Phonology; 710 Interaction Analysis: Talk as Social Organization; 711 Research Methods in Applied English Linguistics; 713 Topics in Contemporary English Linguistics; 715 Advanced Second Language Acquisition; 905 Seminar: Topics in Applied English Linguistics; 906 Seminar: The English Language

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

M.A.–applied English linguistics track: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 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.

M.A.–literary studies track: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 (typically 3 to 6) credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

M.A.–applied English linguistics track: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of relevant coursework from UW–Madison undergraduate coursework. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

M.A.–literary studies track: No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

M.A.–both tracks: 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 Special student. 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

Ph.D.–composition and rhetoric track, and English language and linguistics track: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Ph.D.–literary studies track: With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 (typically 3 to 6) credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Ph.D.–all tracks: No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Ph.D.–all tracks: 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 Special student. coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact the program for information on any required courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

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Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Doctoral students must complete a doctoral minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Advisor

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. 

To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Assessment and Examinations

Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.

Assessment and Examinations

Doctoral students are required to take a comprehensive preliminary/oral examination after they have cleared their record of all Incomplete and Progress grades (other than research and thesis). Deposit of the doctoral dissertation in the Graduate School is required.

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

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.

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.

Language Requirements

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Language Requirements

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