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GERMAN 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.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

Ph.D.: 69 credits (including 30 credits for the M.A. earned in the department + 9 credits minimum for Ph.D. minor + 6 dissertator credits)

Ph.D. (for graduates entering with M.A. in German from another institution): 51 credits (36 credits + 9 credits minimum for Ph.D. minor + 6 dissertator 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 and in German department 500/600-level courses; in these courses graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Ph.D.: Half of the degree coursework, 35 credits out of 69 total credits must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above and in German department 500/600-level courses; in these courses graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students (this includes the 30 credits for the M.A. earned in the Department).

Ph.D. (for graduates entering with M.A. in German from another institution): Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher and in German department 500/600-level courses; in these courses graduate students are assessed separately from undergraduate students.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students are generally not allowed to count 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval students are allowed no more than 7 credits of coursework numbered 600 or above taken as a UW undergraduate. In no case will coursework be considered that was 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 no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 600 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students are generally not allowed to count graduate coursework from other institutions. 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 Ph.D. 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 15 credits of coursework numbered 600 or above taken as a UW–Madison University 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

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required courses are German 650 (History of the German Language) and German 612 (German Literary Movements since 1750) or one of the period courses German 703 or 708 or 709 (Literature of the 18th/19th/20th and 21st Centuries), and German 720 (College Teaching of German)/German 722 (Theory of Teaching German). Two courses (6 cr) taken outside the department may count toward M.A. coursework.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Students who completed the M.A. in German at the UW–Madison must complete 8 additional graduate-level courses (24 credits; more courses/credits if one or two of the M.A. courses were taken outside the department);

Students who enter the Ph.D. program with an M.A. in German from elsewhere complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level course (36 cr), of which two (6 cr) may be transferred from previous work, if suitable, including the teaching assistant training program and its academic component (German 720/722).

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.5 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.5 GPA required for courses taken in the department; 3.00 GPA for work done in the minor.

Other Grade Requirements

If a student’s GPA falls below 3.50 in any given semester, the cumulative average by the end of the following full-time semester must be 3.50.

The grade of C is considered unsatisfactory in the Department of German: it is not counted in fulfilling the course requirements and may not be offset by a grade of A or AB in another course.

An incomplete received in the Fall Semester must be removed by the end of the following summer session. An incomplete received in the Spring Semester must be removed by the end of the following Fall Semester. An incomplete received in the summer session must be removed within six months. Failure to meet these deadlines constitutes unsatisfactory progress.

Other Grade Requirements

If a student’s GPA falls below 3.50 in any given semester, the cumulative average by the end of the following full-time semester must be 3.50.

The grade of C is considered unsatisfactory in the Department of German: it is not counted in fulfilling the course requirements and may not be offset by a grade of A or AB in another course.

An incomplete received in the Fall Semester must be removed by the end of the following summer session. An incomplete received in the Spring Semester must be removed by the end of the following Fall Semester. An incomplete received in the summer session must be removed within six months. Failure to meet these deadlines constitutes unsatisfactory progress.

Probation Policy

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

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).

Students admitted on probation must maintain a GPA of at least 3.50 in graduate work done during each of their first two full-time semesters or the equivalent at this university, otherwise they will be dropped from the program. After performing satisfactorily during the probation period, students are expected to perform as well as students granted admission in full standing.

Probation Policy

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

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).

A semester GPA below 3.5 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.5 is not attained during the subsequent semester, the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All incoming M.A. candidates are advised by the department graduate advisor (DGA) during the first year of study. M.A. candidates are expected to select (by mutual consent) their individual graduate advisor during the third semester of coursework. The individual graduate advisor is likely to be chair of the M.A. examination committee, the Ph.D. preliminary examination committee, and the dissertation committee.

Advisor / Committee

Students joining the program with an M.A. degree will either be advised by the department graduate advisor (DGA) and choose their individual advisor before the end of their second semester of coursework in consultation with the DGA, or be assigned an individual advisor when they enter the program. The individual advisor will be the chair of the Ph.D. preliminary examination committee and the dissertation committee.

Assessments and Examinations

Students entering the program at the M.A. level are required to take the Goethe Certificate C1 (German-language proficiency) during the first year of their studies.

At least one substantial course contribution written in German is required each year during the entire period of a student’s graduate coursework. This might be a paper or a lengthy take-home examination. If a student is taking only courses outside the department in a given year, the requirement will be waived for that year.

An M.A. examination with a written and oral component.

Assessments and Examinations

Students must pass the Goethe Certificate C1 (German-language proficiency) before advancing to the doctoral preliminary exams.

At least one substantial course contribution written in German is required each year during the entire period of a student’s graduate coursework. This might be a paper or a lengthy take-home examination. If a student is taking only courses outside the department in a given year, the requirement will be waived for that year.

An oral preliminary examination and a dissertation proposal must be completed after all required Ph.D. coursework.

Time Constraints

The M.A. examination must be completed by the end of the fourth semester in the German program.

Time Constraints

Ph.D. candidates should take the two-hour oral preliminary examination no sooner than upon completion of the second semester of the Ph.D. coursework and may take it no later than three weeks after the beginning of the fifth full-time semester (or its equivalent) after the M.A.

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

Students beginning their graduate studies are expected to possess, in addition to German, reading knowledge of at least one other foreign language, equivalent to at least four semesters of college work in that language.

Language Requirements

In addition to German students must demonstrate reading knowledge in a second foreign language, equivalent to at least four semesters of college work in that language, before proceeding to the preliminary examination.