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JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 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 professional track and research/thesis track

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Professional track: At least 50% of the required coursework (15 of 30 credits) must be taken at the graduate level, which journalism and mass communication defines as those relevant skills courses at the 300 and 400 level (including Journ 345, 401, 404, 405, 411, 419, 445, 447, 449 and 475) and advanced courses at the 500 and 600 level (including 559, 560, 561, 565, 614, 616, 617, 618, 620, 621, 646, 658, 662, 669, 675, 676, and 699)—all of these courses assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students; and those courses outside of journalism that have been identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner.

Research track: At least 50% of the required coursework (15 of 30 credits) must be taken at the graduate level, which journalism and mass communication defines as those advanced courses at the 500 and 600 level (including 559, 560, 561, 565, 614, 616, 617, 618, 620, 621, 646, 658, 662, 669, 675, 676, and 699) that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students, and those courses outside of journalism that have been identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count 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.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, up to 7 credits numbered 300 or 400 (including Journ 345, 401, 404, 405, 411, 419, 445, 447, 449 and 475) and advanced courses at the 500 and 600 level (including 559, 560, 561, 565, 614, 616, 617, 618, 620, 621, 646, 658, 662, 669, 675, 676, and 699) that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. 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 taken as a UW–Madison Special student. This includes courses numbered 300 or 400 (including J345, 401, 404, 405, 411, 419, 445, 447, 449 and 475) and advanced courses at the 500 and 600 level (including 559, 560, 561, 565, 614, 616, 617, 618, 620, 621, 646, 658, 662, 669, 675, 676, and 699) that assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

No program-specific courses required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

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).

Advisor / Committee

M.A. thesis track students are required to have a thesis committee of three faculty members.

M.A. professional track students are required to have one faculty advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

M.A. thesis track requires a formal thesis and defense; the Professional M.A. track requires a portfolio presentation.

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.