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PHARMACEUTICAL 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 Progresss 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

At least half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions (the student must have graduate student status on the other institution’s transcript at the time the courses were taken). coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of UW–Madison courses numbered 500 or above (earned as a UW–Madison undergraduate) toward the M.S. degree. Coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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 9 credits of coursework numbered 500 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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 are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions (the student must have graduate student status on the other institution’s transcript at the time the courses were taken). Coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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 School of Pharmacy’s graduate studies dean, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of UW–Madison courses numbered 500 or above (earned as a UW–Madison undergraduate) toward the Ph.D. degree. Coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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 500 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. coursework should be presented to the SoP graduate dean in the first semester of enrollment for consideration. 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 (fall and spring); 12 credits summer

Credits per Term Allowed

Non-dissertators may enroll in a maximum of 15 credits per fall/spring term and 12 credits in the summer; dissertators may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits each session (fall, spring, summer).

Program-Specific Courses Required

(1) Phm Sci 780

(2) At least two of the following three core courses:

Phm Sci 768, Phm Sci 786, Biochem 630

(3) Research ethics/responsible conduct of research course (1 cr minimum)

(4) At least one additional graduate course in pharmaceutical sciences or in a field related to one’s research (field choice is at the discretion of the thesis advisor).

(5) 718–990 (Research)

(6) Phm Sci 931 (Seminar) is required every fall term during enrollment as a graduate student in the program; Phm Sci 932 (Seminar) is required every spring during enrollment as a graduate student in the program.

Thesis advisors have the option to require additional courses beyond the minimum requirements listed above.

Program-Specific Courses Required

(1) Phm Sci 780

(2) At least two of the following three core courses:

Phm Sci 768, Phm Sci 786, Biochem 630

(3) Research ethics/responsible conduct of research course (1 cr minimum)

(4) Three additional credits from the Drug Action, Drug Delivery, or Drug Discovery elective lists are required (courses meeting this requirement are listed in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Handbook

(5) 718–990 (Research)

(6) Phm Sci 931 (Seminar) is required every fall term during enrollment as a graduate student in the program; Phm Sci 932 (Seminar) is required every spring during enrollment as a graduate student in the program.

Faculty advisors have the option to require additional courses beyond the minimum requirements listed above.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

No doctoral minor is required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate level (300 level or higher, non-research) courses is required, unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate level (300 level or higher, non-research) courses is required, unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades.

Other Grade Requirements

Candidates will be dropped from the program if they receive more than 7 credits of grades at the BC level or lower. This applies to formal courses and research credits.

Other Grade Requirements

Candidates will be dropped from the program if they receive more than 7 credits of grades at the BC level or lower. This applies to formal courses and research credits.

Probation Policy

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

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status).

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

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.

Advisor / Committee

Students are required to maintain a pharmaceutical sciences faculty member as an M.S. advisor through the duration of their studies. Typically a permanent advisor is found by the end of one’s first semester.

An M.S. thesis committee in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division (PSD) consists of at least three graduate faculty members of the PSD (one of whom is the student’s thesis advisor).

Advisor / Committee

All students in the Ph.D. program are required to have a major professor/advisor through the duration of their studies. Typically a permanent advisor is found by the end of one’s first semester.

All students are required to conduct a progress report meeting with their thesis committee each year after passing the preliminary exam. The progress meeting must be scheduled by mid-May and completed by the end of August of each consecutive academic year. For details on the progress report, see the PSD Student Handbook. For details on the composition requirements of the Ph.D. thesis committee, see Thesis Committee in the PSD Student Handbook.

Assessments and Examinations

The program expects the M.S. candidate to engage in a research project of a scope appropriate to the time devoted to earning the degree. The results of the research must be described in an M.S. thesis. The thesis must be both presented and defended before the student’s M.S. thesis committee.

Assessments and Examinations

The preliminary examination is expected to be completed before the beginning of the third year of graduate study. For specifics regarding the Preliminary Examination’s structure and requirements, see Preliminary Examination in the PSD Student Handbook.

A final oral defense of the dissertation is required; for more on the dissertation defense, see Ph.D. Thesis Defense in the PSD Student Handbook.

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; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

It is expected that Ph.D. major course requirements will be completed by the end of year two in 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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.