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ENGINEERING MECHANICS 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., M.Eng.

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

15 credits from: any EMA graduate-level courses (600 level and above or from EMA 508, 518, 519, 522, 523, 540, 541, 570) or any course defined as graduate level in math, physics, computer science, or any other engineering department, except EPD.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

26 credits from: any EMA graduate-level courses (600 level and above or from EMA 508, 518, 519, 522, 523, 540, 541, 570) or any course defined as graduate level in math, physics, computer science, or any other engineering department, except EPD.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. 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

Up to 7 credits numbered 400 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. This work would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. 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

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. UW–Madison coursework taken as a University Special student would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. 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

Up to 7 credits numbered 400 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. This work would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

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 up to 15 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. UW–Madison coursework taken as a University Special student would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Coursework earned ten years or more 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

Program of study must include: At least 15 credits of EMA courses in the 500 level or above; at least 6 of these 15 credits being in 700-level or above EMA courses; combined EMA course content of the student’s undergraduate and graduate program of study must include at least 24 credits of 500-level or above mechanics coursework.

With thesis: a maximum of 12 credits of EMA 790 may be granted for the thesis.

Without thesis: a maximum of 12 credits of EMA 690 may be counted toward the M.S. requirements.

Program-Specific Courses Required

The candidate is required to complete at least two EMA courses numbered 600 or above and an additional four courses numbered 700 level or above. The 700-level courses must include at least one EMA course, while the remainder may be from EMA or the list found in the student handbook.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Technical minor: 10 credits in either a single department or multiple departments as approved by the advisor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

A course that is to be counted toward the M.S. degree must be passed with a grade of A, AB, or B.

Other Grade Requirements

A course that is to be counted toward the M.S. degree must be passed with a grade of A, AB, or B.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to meet with his or her advisor prior to registration every semester.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to meet with his or her advisor prior to registration every semester.

Assessments and Examinations

Students who complete a thesis must defend it orally in front of a committee of three faculty.

Assessments and Examinations

All students must take the Ph.D. qualifying examination.

After acceptance of the student’s doctoral plan of study, the student must take an oral preliminary examination.

Final oral examination is required at the end of the thesis work.

Time Constraints

Students with a B.S. degree in engineering mechanics or equivalent are typically expected to complete the master of science in three semesters. Students with non–EM backgrounds will typically be permitted four semesters to complete their master’s degree if more than 27 credits are required.

Time Constraints

The Ph.D. qualifying examination should be first taken no later than completion of the M.S. requirements, or the beginning of the fourth semester of graduate study, whichever comes first. Students entering the program with a master’s degree in EMA, EP or NE from another institution, and taking the qualifying exam in that same major, must take the exam by the beginning of their third semester.

Students must submit the doctoral plan of study one month before the end of the semester following the one in which the qualifying exam is passed.

Candidates are expected to pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination no later than the end of the third year of graduate study, or by the end of the second regular semester following the one in which the Ph.D. qualifying examination was passed, whichever is later.

An oral examination on the findings of the Ph.D. research is required at the end of the thesis work. The candidate must apply for a warrant from the Graduate School through the student services office at least three weeks prior to the exam.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.