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NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES 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 tracks in biochemical and molecular, and human nutrition

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D. with available tracks in animal nutrition, biochemical and molecular, and human nutrition

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

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work may include UW–Madison courses that are numbered 700 and above, or courses outside of nutritional sciences that have been identified by the subject owner as graduate level.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work may include UW–Madison courses that are numbered 700 and above, or courses that have been identified by the subject owner as graduate level.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With approval of the certification committee, students are allowed to count up to 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

With approval of the certification committee, students may count up to 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree, numbered 400 and above, toward the M.S. degree, provided that the course satisfies a requirement within the student’s core curriculum or IGPNS emphasis group. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: UW–Madison University Special

With approval of the certification committee and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 14 credits of coursework taken as a UW–Madison Special student, provided the course satisfies a requirement within the student’s core curriculum or IGPNS emphasis group and is numbered 300 or above. 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 approval of the certification committee, students are allowed to count up to 19 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 approval of the certification committee, students are allowed to count up to 7 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree, numbered 400 and above, toward the Ph.D. degree, provided the course satisfies a requirement within the student’s core curriculum or IGPNS emphasis group. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements from: 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 taken as a UW–Madison Special student, provided the course satisfies a requirement within the student’s core curriculum or IGPNS emphasis group. 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: fall and spring semesters

2 credits: per 8-week summer session

Credits per Term Allowed

Non-dissertators:

12 credits: fall and spring semesters

2 credits: per 8-week summer session

Dissertators: 3 credits per semester

Program-Specific Courses Required

Biochemical and Molecular track: Nutri Sci 619, 621, 623, 625, 626, 627; seminars—Nutri Sci 600, 931, Biochem 901; teaching experience—Nutri Sci 799 or equivalent experience; 4 credits Biochem; quantitative methods course.

Human Nutrition track: Nutri Sci 619, 621, 623, 625, 626, 627; seminars—Nutri Sci 600, 931, 881; teaching experience— Nutri Sci 799 or equivalent experience; research methods or data analysis course.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Biochemical and Molecular track: Nutri Sci 619, 621, 623, 625, 626, 627; seminars—Nutri Sci 600, 931, Biochem 901; teaching experience—Nutri Sci 799 or equivalent experience; 3 credits Biochem; additional coursework in nutrition, Biochem, or related areas; quantitative methods course.

Animal Nutrition track: Nutri Sci 619, 621, 623, 625, 626, 627; seminars—Nutri Sci 600, 931, Biochem 901; teaching experience—Nutri Sci 799 or equivalent experience; Stat 571, 572; lab course; animal nutrition course.

Human Nutrition track: Nutri Sci 619, 621, 623, 625, 626, 627; seminars—Nutri Sci 600, 931, Biochem 901; teaching experience—Nutri Sci 799 or equivalent experience; lab or advanced-level quantitative methods course; statistics.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete either a distributed minor, or a minor within a specific department.

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 IGPNS requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all courses taken in the UW Graduate School. Grades in research (Nutri Sci 991) are not included in the calculation of the GPA. A student who does not maintain a 3.0 GPA can continue on probationary status for two semesters at the recommendation of the major professor. If, at that time, the student does not achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA, they will be dropped from the program.

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

The IGPNS requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all courses taken in the UW Graduate School. Grades in research (Nutri Sci 991) are not included in the calculation of the GPA. A student who does not maintain a 3.0 GPA can continue on probationary status for two semesters at the recommendation of the major professor. If, at that time, the student does not achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA, they will be dropped from the program.

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.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Advisor

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor.

To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

Assessment and Examinations

Students must complete either a research-based thesis or a literature-based report that passes scholarly review.

Assessment and Examinations

Students must take and pass two preliminary exams. Students must take the first exam prior to the end of the fifth semester and the second exam by the end of the sixth semesters; summer session does not count as a semester. Students may choose the order of the research exam and the general knowledge exam.

Students must defend a final thesis.

Time Constraints

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

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.

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 be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

A student’s program may appeal these time limits through a written request to the Graduate School Office of Admissions and Academic Services.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.