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SOCIOLOGY 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 of the coursework (i.e., 15 of the required 30 credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above or in graduate/undergraduate courses (those numbered 300–699) that are either specifically designed for graduate students or assess graduate students separately from undergraduates. The following sociology courses fulfill these criteria: 361, 362, 476, 541, 573, 611, 617, 621, 623, 624, 626, 632, 641, 643, 645, 652, 655, 663, 674, 678.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of the coursework (i.e., 26 of the required 51 credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above or in grad/undergrad courses (those numbered 300–699) that are either specifically designed for graduate students or assess graduate students separately from undergraduates. The following sociology courses fulfill these criteria: 361, 362, 476, 541, 573, 611, 617, 621, 623, 624, 626, 632, 641, 643, 645, 652, 655, 663, 674, 678.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With Program approval, students may count up to 14 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum 30-credit master’s degree requirement and the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the master’s program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits earned in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison toward the master’s degree requirements. If the courses are numbered 300–699, the credits may count toward the minimum 30-credit degree requirement. If the courses are numbered 700–999, the credits may also count toward the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the master’s program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in cost between Special and graduate tuition, students may count up to 15 credits taken as a Special Student toward the Master’s degree requirements. If the courses are numbered 300–699, the credits may count toward the minimum 30-credit degree requirement. If the courses are numbered 700–999, the credits may also count toward the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the master’s program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may count up to 19 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum 51-credit Ph.D. degree requirement and the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed ten or more years prior to admission to the doctoral program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits earned in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison toward the Ph.D. degree requirements. If the courses are numbered 300–699, the credits may count toward the minimum 51-credit degree requirement. If the courses are numbered 700–999, the credits may also count toward the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed ten or more years prior to admission to the doctoral program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in cost between Special and graduate tuition, students may count up to 15 credits taken as a Special Student toward the Ph.D. degree requirements. If the courses are numbered 300–699, the credits may count toward the minimum 51-credit degree requirement. If the courses are numbered 700–999, the credits may also count toward the minimum 50% graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed ten or more years prior to admission to the doctoral program may not be used to satisfy either of these requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Proseminar (Soc 700), Statistics for Sociologists II (Soc 361), Intermediate Classical Theory (Soc 773), and a methods course (Soc 735, 750, 751, 753, 754, or 756).

Program-Specific Courses Required

Statistics for Sociologists II and III (Soc 361 and 362), Research Methods (Soc 750), Intermediate Classical Theory (Soc 773), and four seminars in Sociology or Community and Environmental Sociology.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor comprised of 9 credits in one department or 9 credits united by a common theme in two or more departments.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required (3.0 in the first semester)

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a BC or above in all required courses. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a BC or above in all required courses. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.

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; student must submit an advisor-approved plan outlining specific steps for removal of probationary status and deadlines for doing so).

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll).

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; student must submit an advisor-approved plan outlining specific steps for removal of probationary status and deadlines for doing so).

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll).

Advisor / Committee

The director of graduate studies serves as an entering student’s advisor until the student has arranged for a faculty member who has shared interests to serve as his/her advisor and thesis director. Students are expected to have ongoing contact with their faculty advisor. All students are required to submit a yearly progress report that is read and discussed by a committee of faculty at an annual review.

Advisor / Committee

Students are expected to have ongoing contact with their faculty advisor. Dissertators who fail to confer with their advisor at least once each semester will not be allowed to register in the subsequent semester. All students are required to submit a yearly progress report that is read and discussed by a committee of faculty at an annual review.

Assessments and Examinations

Master’s students write a thesis under the supervision of their major professor. After completing the thesis, students take a comprehensive oral exam covering general sociology, graduate work to date, and the thesis.

Occasionally students decide not to pursue the Ph.D. and opt to complete the requirements for a non-thesis master’s degree. In these rare cases, students complete course requirements and take the comprehensive oral exam.

Assessments and Examinations

Ph.D. students must pass two six-hour written preliminary exams in two different sociology subfields as well as an oral prelim. They then write a dissertation under the supervision of their major professor. After completing the dissertation, students take a final oral exam covering the dissertation and the general field of the major and minor studies.

Time Constraints

Students are expected to complete the master’s degree by the end of the summer after their third year in the program.

Time Constraints

Doctoral students must complete the Ph.D. within five years of passing the oral preliminary examination and attaining dissertator status.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.