Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement
At least 50% of the required coursework (33 of 65 credits) must be taken at the graduate level, which Mass Communications defines as
(a) courses numbered 700 or above;
(b) courses Journ 614, Journ 616, Journ 617, Journ 618, Journ 620, Journ 621, Journ 646, Journ 658, Journ 662, Journ 669, Journ 675, Journ 676, Journ 699, LSC 614, LSC 616, LSC 617, LSC 625, LSC 640, LSC 660, which are specifically designed for graduate students or assess graduate students separately from undergraduate students; and
(c) those courses outside of mass communications that have been identified as graduate level by the course’s subject owner.
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 33 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
With program approval, up to 7 credits numbered 600 and above from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. 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
In consultation with the student’s advisor, and 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 and above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework taken ten years prior to admission to the doctoral program is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Doctoral students must do the following to maintain satisfactory progress:
1. Earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the second semester in residence and maintain that GPA for the duration of the degree program.
2. Remove grades of Incomplete in the semester following their occurrence. A course proposal cannot be approved until all incompletes are removed.
3. Complete preliminary exams within three to six months of completing coursework.
4. Maintain steady progress toward completion of degree, including final oral exam and deposit of dissertation. Fulltime students can expect four to five years; completion will vary for part-time students.