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SCANDINAVIAN STUDIES 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. with available tracks in area studies, literature, and philology

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D. with tracks in folklore, literature, and philology

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

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 400 or above; 400- or 500-level courses assess graduate students separately from undergraduates; 630, 633, 634, 635, 636 are all graduate courses.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 400 or above; 400- or 500-level courses assess graduate students separately from undergraduates; 630, 633, 634, 635, 636 are all graduate courses.

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. 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

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

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 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. 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 9 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

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

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 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Each track has specific course requirements to be met. Contact program for list of specific courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Each track has specific course requirements to be met. Contact program for list of specific courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All tracks require a doctoral minor of 10–12 credits taken in another field. These courses should be selected in consultation with the candidate’s advisor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required. GPA of 3.0 or above may be considered for admission on probation.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

M.A. students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.

If a student’s grades drop below the average indicated, the GPA must be brought up to the minimum by the end of the following semester.

The grade C is regarded as unsatisfactory.

Incompletes must be removed within the following semester or summer session of residence.

Other Grade Requirements

Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all core curriculum courses.

If a student’s grades drop below the average indicated, the GPA must be brought up to the minimum by the end of the following semester.

The grade C is regarded as unsatisfactory.

Incompletes must be removed within the following semester or summer session of residence.

Probation Policy

If a student at any time fails to meet the above criteria for satisfactory progress, he/she is placed on probation. If, by the end of the following semester, progress has not been brought to a satisfactory level, a committee of three faculty members will be established to determine whether any circumstance exists that prevent the dropping of the student from the program.

Probation Policy

If a student at any time fails to meet the above criteria for satisfactory progress, he/she is placed on probation. If, by the end of the following semester, progress has not been brought to a satisfactory level, a committee of three faculty members will be established to determine whether any circumstance exists that prevent the dropping of the student from the program.

Advisor / Committee

In order to encourage progress toward the degree and to determine the status of a student’s program, the department requests an annual report from all continuing students to be submitted with the Application for Financial Aid. In the case of first-year students, this report will, of course only cover work done during the fall semester. A copy of this report will be placed in the student’s permanent file. See the Graduate Handbook for details about this report. Students are expected to consult regularly on their progress with their advisor.

Advisor / Committee

In order to encourage progress toward the degree and to determine the status of a student’s program, the department requests an annual report from all continuing students to be submitted with the Application for Financial Aid. In the case of first-year students, this report will, of course only cover work done during the Fall semester. A copy of this report will be placed in the student’s permanent file. See the Graduate Handbook for details about this report. Students are expected to consult regularly on their progress with their advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

All M.A. tracks require a comprehensive written and oral examination.

The literature and area studies tracks offer a thesis option.

Assessments and Examinations

All Ph.D. tracks require a comprehensive written and oral examination.

All tracks require a dissertation.

Time Constraints

The normal time for completing the requirements for the M.A. is three to four semesters, although more time can be allowed if a student is entering with deficiencies or has had teaching assistantships, which necessitate a lower credit load.

Time Constraints

The normal time for completing the requirements for the Ph.D. is five to seven semesters beyond the M.A., two of which, normally but not necessarily, are spent in Scandinavia. Ph.D. candidates will spend the last two to three semesters writing the dissertation.

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. Requests for exceptions, detailing special circumstances, should be submitted to the graduate advisor, who will then determine whether to seek an extension from the Graduate School.

Language Requirements

All tracks require an advanced competency in a modern Scandinavian language. If the modern Scandinavian Language is Finnish or Icelandic, a working knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish is required.

For all tracks a minimal competency (e.g., ETS score of 525) in German or another research language approved by the department is required.

The philology track requires two semesters of Old Norse or its equivalent. For the literature track a competency in Old Norse is encouraged.

Language Requirements

All tracks require an advanced competency in a modern Scandinavian language. If the modern Scandinavian Language is Finnish or Icelandic, a working knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish is required.

For all tracks a minimal competency (e.g., ETS score of 525) in German and another research language approved by the department is required or advanced competency (e.g., and ETS score of 675) in German or another research language.

The philology track requires two semesters of Old Norse or its equivalent. For the literature track a competency in Old Norse is encouraged.