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STATISTICS 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., with available named options in Biostatistics, and Data Science

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D., with available named option in Biostatistics

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 degree coursework (15 of 30 credits) must be completed in statistics courses numbered 600 or higher (which the statistics department considers to be graduate courses).

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Ph.D.: At least half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in statistics courses numbered 600 or above(which the statistics department considers to be graduate courses).

Ph.D.–named option Biostatistics: Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed with a combination of statistics courses numbered 600 or higher (which our department considers to be graduate courses), and courses considered graduate courses from other departments used to satisfy the biostatistics requirements (likely including, but not limited to, Genetics 466, Zoology 570, Biocore 303, Pop Hlth 795, and Med Sci 622–721. Only course subject owners may identify which of their courses are graduate level.).

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 toward the graduate degree credit and graduate coursework (50%) requirements. 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

With program approval, up to 6 statistics credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree at the 600 level or above are allowed to count toward minimum graduate degree credits. 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 University Special

With program approval, and payment of the difference between Special and graduate tuition, up to 15 statistics credits completed at UW–Madison while a University Special student at the 300 level or above are allowed to count toward minimum graduate degree and graduate residence credit requirements. Of these credits, those at the 700 level or above may also count toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. 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 toward the graduate degree credit and graduate coursework (50%) requirements. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, up to 6 statistics credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree at the 600 level or above are allowed to count toward minimum graduate degree credits. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, and payment of the difference between Special and graduate tuition, up to 15 statistics credits completed at UW–Madison while a University Special student at the 300 level or above are allowed to count toward minimum graduate degree and graduate residence credit requirements. Of these credits, those at the 700 level or above may also count toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. 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

Yes—see program website for a list of required courses.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Yes—see program website for a list of required courses.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

Students are required to complete either an Option A or Option B minor (at least 9 credits), or they may instead opt to complete a Breadth (called Option C in the statistics department) option consisting of at least two of the following three: participatory seminar experience, collaborative research experience, and/or a breadth course. See the program website for more details.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

A grade of B or better must be received in any course used to fulfill the required and elective course requirements.

Other Grade Requirements

A grade of B or better must be received in any course used to fulfill the required and elective course requirements.

Probation Policy

Three consecutive reviews in which a student fails to meet the minimum criteria for satisfactory progress will result in the student being dropped from the program. Contact the program for more information.

Probation Policy

Three consecutive reviews in which a student fails to meet the minimum criteria for satisfactory progress will result in the student being dropped from the program. Contact the program for more information.

Advisor / Committee

Students are required to meet with their advisor near the beginning of each semester to discuss course selection and progress.

Advisor

Students are required to meet with their advisor near the beginning of each semester to discuss course selection and progress.

Assessment and Examinations

Students must pass a competency test containing both a written and an oral component, demonstrating that they have the potential to be a practicing statistician.  

Assessment and Examinations

Students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination and an oral preliminary examination on a topic selected with the approval of the student's advisor.

Time Constraints

The competency test must be passed within six semesters after entering the department.

Time Constraints

Students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination within six semesters from the first fall semester of registration as a graduate student in the department. Students who complete a master's in the department and then are admitted to the Ph.D. program must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination within four semesters after entering the Ph.D. program.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.