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WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 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 reduced-credit track

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

M.S.: 45 credits

M.S.–reduced-credit track: 30–44 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (M.S.—23 credits out of 45 total credits; M.S.–reduced-credit track—contingent number of credits depending upon how many the student has to satisfy from 30–44) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or above, or in courses 300–699 that have been defined as graduate level by the course’s subject owner (courses in which graduate students are assessed separately; courses in which graduate students comprise a majority; or courses in which the instructor designs for graduate rigor).

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With faculty advisory committee and program chair approval, students are allowed to count graduate coursework from other institutions. The number of such credits is determined on a case-by-case basis. coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the program is not allowed to satisfy graduate degree or graduate coursework requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

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

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With faculty advisory committee and program chair approval as well as payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of coursework taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Such credits from courses numbered 300 and higher can count toward graduate residency and graduate degree requirements. Such credits from courses numbered 700 and above (or in courses 300–699 that have been defined as graduate level by the course’s subject owner including courses in which graduate students are assessed separately, courses in which graduate students comprise a majority, or courses in which the instructor designs for graduate rigor) can count toward the graduate coursework requirement. Coursework completed five or more years prior to admission to the program is not allowed to satisfy graduate residency, graduate degree, or graduate coursework requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Water Resources Management Practicum Planning Seminar II (Envir St 718), Water Resources Management Summer Practicum (Envir St 719).

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Grades of BC or C are not typically accepted toward program requirements unless the grade is allowed by the student’s faculty advisory committee and the program chair. Grades of BC and C may not be used in the area specialty category. A maximum of 3 credits graded S may be counted toward program requirements if approved by the student’s faculty advisory committee and the program chair. Courses that are audited or graded pass/fail or credit/no credit will not count toward program requirements.

Probation Policy

The status of a student falls into one of the following three categories:

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).

Advisor / Committee

All students must assemble a three-member faculty advisory committee that represents a minimum of two departments, preferably no later than their second semester in the program. To meet the interdisciplinary requirement the committee must include members tenured in one of the natural sciences divisions (Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences) and one of the social sciences divisions (Social Studies, Arts & Humanities).

Assessments and Examinations

All students must hold an evaluation and guidance conference with their faculty advisory committee, preferably no later than their third 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.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.