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NURSING 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

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

52 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

27 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (18 out of 36 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 out of 52 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 up to 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Graduate work should be less than five years old to be considered; additional justification and/or documentation are needed for work taken between five and ten years. Work ten or more years prior to admission to the program will not be considered.

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 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. These credits are considered part of the total allowable credits available for a student to transfer. Coursework should be less than five years old to be considered; additional justification and/or documentation is needed for work taken between five and ten years. Work ten or more years prior to admission to the program will not be considered.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Graduate work should be less than five years old to be considered; additional justification and/or documentation are needed for work taken between five and ten years. Work ten or more years prior to admission to the program will not be considered.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above will be allowed to count toward the Ph.D. degree. This applies to students in the Early Entry Ph.D. route in the School of Nursing.

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 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. These credits are considered part of the total allowable credits available for a student to transfer. Coursework should be less than five years old to be considered; additional justification and/or documentation is needed for work taken between five and ten years. Work ten or more years prior to admission to the program will not be considered.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact the School for a list of specific courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Contact the School for a list of specific courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All Ph.D. students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

No other grade requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

A student may not receive more than one grade below a B (or a U grade) in any 12 month period.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a student has not returned to satisfactory progress by the determined deadline, a decision about whether the student will be permitted to continue will be made by the graduate programs committee (or appropriate subcommittee) with input from the student’s advisor.

Advisor / Committee

Student progression is reviewed annually.

Advisor / Committee

Ph.D. students complete an annual progression review which includes a written review from the advisor. This is submitted to the Ph.D. Admission, Progression and Funding (APF) Subcommittee of the GPC. APF reviews the student CVs and advisor comments to gain an overall sense of student progression in the program Comments from the APF regarding progression are then sent to the advisor who shares the result of the review with the student. (See Policy and Procedures for PhD Progression Reviews.)

Assessments and Examinations

No formal examination required.

Assessments and Examinations

To be eligible for the comprehensive candidacy examination, candidates must have completed all formal coursework requirements.

Time Constraints

Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years of admission.

Time Constraints

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.