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NEUROSCIENCE 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.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

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

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher or in graduate-level NTP courses 610, 611, 629, 630, 635, 670, 675, or in courses outside of the Neuroscience Training Program that have been identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner or department.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher or in graduate-level NTP courses 610, 611, 629, 630, 635, 670, 675, or in courses outside of the Neuroscience Training Program that have been identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner or department.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval credits from former graduate institutions may be allowed to count toward 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 Undergraduate

With program approval credits from graduate-level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken as an undergraduate at UW–Madison may be allowed to count toward degree up to 7 credits. 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), coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student may be allowed to count toward the degree up to 15 credits. 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 credits from former graduate institutions may be allowed to count toward 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 Undergraduate

With program approval credits from graduate level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken as an undergraduate at UW–Madison may be allowed to count toward degree up to 7 credits. 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), coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student may be allowed to count toward the degree up to 15 credits. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Candidates must satisfactorily complete one year of coursework that covers molecular, cellular, and integrative neurobiology. Enrollment in at least 2 credits of NTP 900 is required.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Enrollment for NTP 900 each semester; NTP 610 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; NTP 611 Systems Neuroscience; NTP 700 Professional Development; one intermediate/advanced course in molecular/cellular/developmental neuroscience; one intermediate/advanced course in systems/behavioral neuroscience; and other advanced courses as recommended by the advisory committee.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Completion of a doctoral minor is not required of students in the NTP doctoral program.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA Required

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA Required

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

Failure to pass the preliminary examination before the start of the spring semester of the third year will result in being placed on probation. Two consecutive semesters of enrollment on probation precludes continuation in the program.

Advisor / Committee

Candidates must select the advisory committee by the end of the second semester of the first year of graduate study.

Advisor / Committee

Candidates must select the advisory committee by the end of the second semester of the first year of graduate study.

Assessments and Examinations

A research paper or presentation based on at least one year of laboratory research must be submitted to the advisory committee.

Assessments and Examinations

Candidates must meet with their advisory committee once per semester until they become a dissertator and then once per year thereafter.

The preliminary examination consists of two papers: a dissertation proposal, and a critical research paper unrelated to the proposal. The preliminary examination should be completed by the end of the second summer of graduate study. Students who fail one or both parts of the preliminary examination may retake the examination within two months. Failure to pass the examination the second time will result in dismissal from the program.

The final dissertation must be submitted to the advisory committee and an oral defense of the thesis must be given. The thesis defense consists of a public presentation of the thesis followed by a closed meeting with the advisory committee. Deposit of the doctoral dissertation in the Graduate School is required.

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who are absent for five or more years will not be given credit for prior work.

Time Constraints

The final dissertation must be completed by the end of the fifth academic year. If the dissertation is not completed by the end of the summer following the sixth academic year, the student’s advisory committee must meet with the steering committee to present a written statement explaining why the dissertation has not been completed.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.