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POLITICAL SCIENCE 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.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Complete 30 credits of coursework with at least a 3.0 average.

At least 18 of the 30 credits must be in political science. No more than three credits of Poli Sci 999 can be counted toward the 18 credits.

At least 15 of the 30 credits must be earned in graduate courses in political science at the 800 level or above.

Courses taken outside the department must be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and must be at a level (300 or above) for which graduate credit is available.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%)

Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 800 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No credits from graduate work from other institutions may count toward the degree.

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

No credits from a UW–Madison University Special student career may count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may be allowed to count 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward fulfillment of the minor requirement. While satisfying the minor requirement, these credits will not count toward meeting the minimum credit requirement. 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

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No credits from a UW–Madison University Special student career may count toward the degree.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Poli Sci 800 Political Science as a Discipline

Program-Specific Courses Required

Poli Sci 800 Political Science as a Discipline; Poli Sci 817 Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry; 3 additional credits of graduate -level statistical methodology

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Students are expected to consult with their advisors concerning minor/breadth requirements. At the time the student requests the preliminary exam warrant, a summary should be prepared of the effort in interdisciplinary coursework and training. There are two options for completing the minor requirements.

Option A (external): Requires a minimum of 9 credits in a minor program (single disciplinary or multi-disciplinary). Fulfillment of this option requires the approval of the minor program.

Option B (distributed): Requires a minimum of 9 credits in one or more programs forming a coherent topic, and can include coursework in the program. Fulfillment of this option requires the approval of the major program.

The Graduate School’s minimum course requirements for the minor include: An average GPA of 3.00 on all minor coursework; coursework must be graduate level (the equivalent of UW–Madison courses 300 level or above; no audits or pass/fail); maximum 3 credits of independent study (e.g., 699, 799, 899, 999);

All Option B minors require the approval of the student’s advisor and the associate chair.

With program approval, students may be allowed to count 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward fulfillment of the minor requirement.

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

No other grade requirements.

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. Off normal progress: (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

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. Off normal progress: (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).

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to meet with their advisor to discuss the first year review.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to meet with their advisor to discuss the first year review.

Assessments and Examinations

No formal examination required.

Assessments and Examinations

Doctoral students must complete written exams in two subfields before the end of the sixth semester. A dissertation proposal must be defended prior to the start of the seventh semester in the program.

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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.