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MATHEMATICS 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 named option in Foundations of Advanced Studies

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

54 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

M.A.: The coursework must consist of courses above 500.* Only the course satisfying the computing requirement of the degree may be numbered in the 300–499 level.

M.A. with FAS named option: The coursework must consist of courses numbered 500 and above.* Courses 521, 541, 551 are considered prerequisites and will not count toward the degree.

*The mathematics department typically does not consider mathematics courses below 500 as graduate courses. If both undergraduate and graduate students are registered for a mathematics course numbered between 500 and 699, graduate students will be assessed separately from undergraduate students.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

For students in the Ph.D. program the coursework in the mathematics department is expected to consist of courses numbered 700 and above.

Students may enroll in a limited number of 500–699 level classes only if approved by an academic advisor.

For courses used to satisfy the requirements of the minor in another department the rules of the minor department apply.

*The mathematics department typically does not consider mathematics courses below 500 as graduate courses. If both undergraduate and graduate students are registered for a mathematics course numbered between 500 and 699, graduate students will be assessed separately from undergraduate students.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Students in the M.A. program are allowed to count no more than 14 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 more than 7 credits 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 no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison 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

With program approval, students in the Ph.D. program are allowed to count no more than 22 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 more than 7 credits 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

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 as a UW–Madison 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

M.A.: 30 graduate credits related to mathematics, including at least 24 credits in the mathematics department (cross-listed courses included). At least 12 credits from a specified list of 700 core courses must be taken. Advanced computer science which involves substantial programming. (Requirement waived with two passed qualifying exams.)

M.A., FAS option: Math 522 and 542. 30 graduate credits in mathematics, including at least 12 credits from a specified list of 700 core courses must be taken.

Program-Specific Courses Required

No program-specific courses required.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

M.A.: 3.3 GPA required

M.A., FAS option: 3.0 GPA required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.3 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

At least 12 credits from a specified list of 700 courses are required to be passed with grade B or higher.

Other Grade Requirements

No additional grade requirements.

Probation Policy

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

1. Good standing.

2. Probation.

3. Unsatisfactory progress.

Probation Policy

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

1. Good standing.

2. Probation.

3. Unsatisfactory progress.

Advisor / Committee

M.A.: Students are recommended to meet with an advisor.

M.A., FAS option: Before each fall semester, students will submit a tentative plan of study and meet with a graduate advisor.

Advisor / Committee

Students who are not yet working with a dissertation advisor are required to meet semiannually with their academic advisor. All students must have a dissertation advisor by the end of the sixth semester.

Assessments and Examinations

n/a

Assessments and Examinations

All students are required to pass at least one qualifying exam by the beginning of their fourth semester (the spring semester of the second year), and two by the beginning of their sixth semester (the spring semester of the third year.)

Students must satisfy all the requirements for dissertator status by the end of the eighth semester (end of fourth year).

Time Constraints

Two years. Extensions have to be approved by the program.

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.

Time Constraints

Eight years. Extensions have to be approved by the program.

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.

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.