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KINESIOLOGY 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., M.S., M.S. with available occupational science track, thesis tracks in biomechanics, epidemiology, exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor behavior, and non-thesis track

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D., with available track in occupational therapy

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

M.S.–non-thesis track: 32 credits

M.S.–occupational science track: 31 credits

M.S.–all other thesis-based tracks: 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

M.S.–non-thesis track: 50% of degree coursework (16 credits out of 32 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

M.S.–occupational science track: 50% of degree coursework (16 credits out of 31 total credits) must be completed in a course numbered 700 or higher OR the following courses which have been specifically designed for graduate students in a graduate program:

Occ Ther 508 Theories of Health Behavior, Occ Ther 612 Professional Skills III, Occ Ther 620 Occupational-based Theory and Practice

M.S./M.A.: all other thesis-based tracks (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

50% of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 15 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

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the 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 300 or above taken in UW–Madison University Special student status. 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

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of 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 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 300 or above taken in UW–Madison University Special student status. Coursework earned ten or more years 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

Kines 991 Research Theory & Design required for all non-OT tracks; wide variation in required courses among tracks, see Graduate Program Areas on the program website.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Kines 991 Research Theory and Design required for all non-OT tracks; wide variation in required courses among tracks, see Graduate Program Areas on the program website.

A 10-credit PhD. minor and a minimum 4-credit, two-course general field requirement pertain to the Ph.D., with courses descriptively but not specifically prescribed. See Kinesiology Graduate Program Policies & Procedures Manual (section 6).

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Doctoral students must complete a minor, currently minimum 10 credits, either "distributed" (several departments) or in a single outside department. Students must consult their advisors on minor requirements.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Course numbered 300 and above with a grade of A, AB, B, or S count toward minimum credit requirement; grades of BC or C count only if equal credits of AB and A offset the lower grades to average B (3.00). See the Graduate School's Academic Polices and Procedures for more information.

The grading system is also described in the Graduate School's Academic Policies and Procedures.

Other Grade Requirements

Course numbered 300 and above with a grade of A, AB, B, or S count toward minimum credit requirement; grades of BC or C count only if equal credits of AB and A offset the lower grades to average B (3.00). See the Graduate School's Academic Polices and Procedures for more information.

The grading system is also described in the Graduate School's Academic Policies and Procedures.

Probation Policy

The status of a graduate student’s progress is either:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place); or

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to keep enrolling; funding guarantee may be lost; specific plan with dates and deadlines for removal of probation may be required; or

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to keep enrolling, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program likely required).

An overall GPA below 3.0 will place the student on academic probation. If a 3.0 GPA not regained in the subsequent semester the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue provisionally for 1 semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School. The Graduate School's probation policy is described in the Graduate School's Academic Policies and Procedures

Probation Policy

The status of a graduate student’s progress is either:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place); or

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to keep enrolling; funding guarantee may be lost; specific plan with dates and deadlines for removal of probation may be required; or

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to keep enrolling, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program likely required).

An overall GPA below 3.0 will place the student on academic probation. If a 3.0 GPA not regained in the subsequent semester the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue provisionally for 1 semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School. The Graduate School's probation policy is described in the Graduate School's Academic Policies and Procedures

Advisor / Committee

All students must have an assigned advisor to meet UW information management needs, and accordingly, and of its own volition, the department assigns an advisor to each student.

M.S.–non-thesis track: graduate studies Studies chair

M.S.–all other thesis-based tracks: research faculty

A thesis committee, for those tracks requiring a thesis, are gathered prior to the thesis proposal in consultation with the faculty advisor and consistent with Graduate School policy. Normally the proposal committee would continue as the thesis defense committee.

Advisor / Committee

Ph.D. students work with two (or three) committees during their studies.

1. Preliminary exams Committee (three graduate faculty members)

2. Dissertation committee (five members)

a. Proposal committee

b. Defense committee

Ordinarily the proposal and defense committees have the same membership, absent death or other incapacity of a committee member between the time of proposal and defense. Committee members selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor to be consistent with Graduate School policy.

Assessments and Examinations

No formal examination specific to the M.S. is required. Curricular requirements vary among tracks within the program, and in all tracks all didactic courses must be passed, in conformity with GPA and grad requirements, above. For tracks requiring a thesis, the thesis defense committee has discretion to accept or reject the thesis at the student’s defense. Repeat defense, if required, is at the discretion of the advisor. Until the thesis proposal stage, satisfactory research performance is at the discretion of the faculty advisor in any thesis track.

Assessments and Examinations

Ph.D. students must: (1) pass all didactic courses in conformity with GPA and grad requirements; (2) pass preliminary exams (sometimes called "comprehensives") administered by a three-member faculty committee; and (3) successfully propose and defend a dissertation before a five-member committee constituted as above in this chart.

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.

Within the Department, completion of required courses and proposal of the thesis, when applicable, within two years of matriculation is considered satisfactory progress.  See the program handbook for more information.

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 be required to take and pass another preliminary examination to be readmitted to candidacy.

Within the department, completion of required courses and passing preliminary exams within three years of starting the Ph.D. program is considered satisfactory progress.  See the program handbook for more information.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.