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PHYSIOLOGY 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

At least half (16 credits of the required 30) must come from courses that are either numbered 700 or above or courses outside of physiology identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half (26 credits of the required 51) must come from courses that are either numbered 700 or above or courses identified as graduate level by the courses’ subject owner—only course subject owners may identify which of their courses are graduate level.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 30 credits for the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 30 credits for the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 30 credits for the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 51 credits for the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 51 credits for the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

Courses taken that fulfill the equivalent requirements may be considered to exempt a class:

If demonstrated didactic knowledge of physiology, then Physiol 435 may be exempted.

If considerable background in neuroscience, then Neurosci 610 may be exempted.

Statistics courses may be considered by the student’s advisory committee for exemption; however, students are still strongly encouraged to participate.

These exemptions do not waive a student from any credits, merely from taking the courses. The student will still need to accumulate 51 credits for the degree.

Credits per Term Allowed

12 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Physiology core curriculum includes: Physiol 435 Human Physiology (or equivalent); Statistics, either Stat 571 or Oncology 675; Neurosci 610 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (or equivalent); Research Ethics, either Neurosci 700 or Obs&Gyn 955; Seminar 901

Program-Specific Courses Required

Physiology core curriculum includes: Physiol 435 Human Physiology (or equivalent); Statistics, either Stat 571 or Oncology 675; Neurosci 610 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (or equivalent); Research Ethics, either Neurosci 700 or Obs&Gyn 955; Seminar 901

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Doctoral students must complete a doctoral minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

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

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

Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.

Assessment and Examinations

Doctoral students are required to take a comprehensive preliminary/oral examination after they have cleared their record of all Incomplete and Progress grades (other than research and thesis). Deposit of the doctoral dissertation in the Graduate School is required.

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

Language Requirements

Contact the program for information on any language requirements.

Language Requirements

Contact the program for information on any language requirements.