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LIFE SCIENCES 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.S.: with available professional course-based track and research/thesis track

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

M.S.–professional course-based track: 30 course credits

M.S.–research/thesis track: 24 credits coursework, up to 6 credits of 990/thesis for total of 30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher, or in any LSC courses numbered 300–699. Courses in LSC in this range have: (1) an additional graduate-level component and (2) assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

In consultation with the student’s advisor and with program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a master’s 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 12 credits of coursework numbered 600 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits (however, 12 credits are highly encouraged)

Program-Specific Courses Required

Life Sciences Communication 720 Introduction to Communication Theory and Research, one graduate-level research methods course, one graduate-level statistics course.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.5 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all coursework to count it toward the 30-credit total.

Probation Policy

Students must be in good standing in accordance with the Graduate School Policies and Procedures in order to earn and retain an assistantship within the department. Students who fall out of good standing must meet with the director of graduate studies.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to meet with their advisor a minimum of once per semester.

Assessments and Examinations

The research/thesis track requires a formal thesis and oral defense; the non-thesis track requires a comprehensive report or course narrative, and presentation at the culmination of coursework.

Time Constraints

Students who pursue the thesis-track master’s degree will have a limit of four semesters (including summer semesters) of 990/thesis enrollment. The four-semester limit starts with the first semester a student takes 990 credits, whether or not in conjunction with other courses. Students will not be allowed to take leave once their 990 enrollment commences. Students who do not produce and defend a thesis at the end of the four semesters will be issued a professional-track thesis.

If a student in good standing encounters extenuating circumstances and wishes to interrupt her/his program of graduate study, the student can take a leave of absence but must notify the LSC graduate committee in writing prior to the start of the semester they wish to take leave, and specify the reason and anticipated length of the leave. If the student wishes to extend the leave, she or he must again notify the LSC graduate committee in writing to the director of graduate studies and the student services coordinator. The leave of absence guarantees re-entry to the program if the student applies to the Graduate School for readmission within the time period specified. Students whose requests are denied may later apply for readmission, but their acceptance cannot be guaranteed.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.