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SOCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES IN PHARMACY 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., dual Pharm.D./M.S.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

56 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 (at least 17 credits out of 32 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of degree coursework (at least 29 credits out of 56 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 no more than 16 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). Such courses should be presented to SAS faculty prior to one’s first graduate semester and require the review/approval of at least two SAS faculty members. 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/Professional

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of UW–Madison courses numbered 700 or above (earned as a UW–Madison undergraduate or professional student) toward the M.S. Such courses should be presented to SAS faculty prior to one’s first graduate semester and require the review/approval of at least two SAS faculty members. Note: The above does not apply to students enrolled in the dual Pharm.D.–M.S. (SAS) program.

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 7 credits of coursework numbered 700 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Such courses should be presented to SAS faculty prior to one’s first graduate semester and require the review/approval of at least two SAS faculty members. 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

If accepted into the SAS Ph.D. program with a master’s degree equivalent to an M.S. (SAS) degree and with program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 24 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) towards the Ph.D. at UW–Madison. Such courses should be presented to SAS faculty prior to one’s first graduate semester and require the review/approval of at least two SAS faculty members. 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 earned as a UW–Madison undergraduate may be used toward achieving the 24 credits beyond the M.S. that are required for the Ph.D. in SAS.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No credits earned as a UW–Madison Special student may be used toward achieving the 24 credits beyond the M.S. that are required for the Ph.D. in SAS.

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

Completion of a set of core courses is required. At least 8 credits in core courses, 9 credits in methods of research and analysis, and 11 credits in specialty/advanced courses are required. See this link for specific M.S. curriculum information.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Completion of a set of courses is required. At least 16 credits in core courses (seminar, core principles, and core methods), 15 credits in research and analysis (additional research methods, analytic techniques), and 19 credits in specialty/advanced courses is required.

See this link for specific doctoral curriculum information.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a doctoral minor. Students can complete a concentrated (Option A) or distributed (Option B) minor. Students completing Option A minors follow the requirements of the minor department. Students completing option B minors must complete a minimum of 10 credits outside their major department, reflecting a cohesive and logical combination of courses for specialization emphasis. Courses for an option B minor follow the Graduate School requirements for type, level, GPA, and timing for the minor coursework. The doctoral minor is developed and finalized by the student and faculty advisor as a plan for specialization courses within the Ph.D. program requirements. In SAS, a faculty committee composed of members of the student’s preliminary examination committee approves the minor plan. The minor plan should be approved before courses qualifying for the minor are completed. Some courses in the minor plan may be completed before the plan is submitted, but at least half of the minor coursework must be completed after the minor plan is submitted and approved by the student’s committee. The minor represents the theoretical foundation for the PhD and should consist of a majority of courses that are theory focused (i.e., not methods or analytical techniques); such theoretical courses should comprise all or most of the minor plan.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required for graduate-level courses (numbered 300 and above, excluding research) to receive a degree.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required for graduate-level courses (numbered 300 and above, excluding research) to receive a degree.

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, seminars, 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, seminars, 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 SAS faculty member as an M.S. advisor through the duration of their studies. Students should select a permanent major professor before the end of the second semester enrolled in the program. SAS graduate faculty monitor the progress of M.S. students annually.

Composition requirements of the SAS M.S. thesis committee are presented at this link.

Advisor / Committee

All students in the Ph.D. program are required to have a major professor/advisor through the duration of their studies. Students should select a permanent major professor before the end of the second semester enrolled in the program. SAS graduate faculty monitor the progress of Ph.D. students annually.

Composition requirements of the SAS Ph.D. oral preliminary examination committee are presented at this link; this same committee typically also serves as the dissertation final oral defense committee.

Assessments and Examinations

A formal master’s thesis based on original research is required and must be defended orally. For specific details, see this link.

Assessments and Examinations

Doctoral students must pass both written and oral preliminary examinations to achieve dissertator status (see this link). The written preliminary examination is evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The oral preliminary examination must be completed within six months after having passed the written preliminary examination.

A dissertation and final oral defense are required. See the SAS Student Handbook for details.

Time Constraints

The SAS M.S. is designed to be completed in two years.

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that were earned before their absence. Further, that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral defense and deposit the dissertation within 5 years after passing the preliminary examinations may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Language Requirements

Only candidates with an emphasis in the history of pharmacy are required to attain competence in one foreign language. Contact the School’s graduate programs coordinator for more information.

Language Requirements

Candidates with an emphasis in the history of pharmacy are required to achieve competence in two foreign languages (one in addition to the language acquired for the M.S. degree). Contact the School’s graduate programs coordinator for more information.