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ZOOLOGY 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., 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

16 credits

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work in zoology may include any courses numbered 700 or above. Students may additionally take any courses outside of zoology that have been identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirements.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

26 credits

At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Graduate work in zoology may include any courses numbered 700 or above.

Students may additionally take any courses outside of zoology that have been identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions:

With committee approval, students are allowed to count no more than 14 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements. Typically committees will choose to cap coursework from another institution at a lower level than 14 credits, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case by case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With committee approval, students are allowed up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above from their UW–Madison undergraduate career to fulfill graduate requirements. Typically committees will choose to cap coursework allowed from undergraduate careers at a lower level than the 7 allowed, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case by case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With committee approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.  Typically committee members will choose to cap the number of coursework taken as a University Special student at a lower level, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case-by-case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions:

With committee approval, students are allowed to count no more than 19 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements. Typically committees will choose to cap coursework from another institution at a lower level than 19 credits, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case by case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With committee approval, students are allowed up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above from their UW–Madison undergraduate career to fulfill graduate requirements. Typically committees will choose to cap coursework allowed from undergraduate careers at a lower level than the 7 allowed, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case by case basis.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With committee approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree or earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.  Typically committee members will choose to cap the number of coursework taken as a University Special student at a lower level, but this is a committee decision to be made on a case-by-case basis.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required coursework is determined for each student individually by the student’s advisory committee.

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required coursework is determined for each student individually by the student’s advisory committee.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All students must either have a declared and named minor or a distributed minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00

Other Grade Requirements

An average record of B or better in all work taken as a Graduate Student is required by the Department of Zoology (grades of P and S are for this purpose considered to be satisfactory at the B level; grades of Incomplete are considered for this purpose to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the following semester of residence).

Other Grade Requirements

An average record of B or better in all work taken as a Graduate Student is required by the Department of Zoology (grades of P and S are for this purpose considered to be satisfactory at the B level; grades of Incomplete are considered for this purpose to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the following semester of residence).

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

At the department level, the chair, in consultation with the major professor and advisory committee, may determine that the student’s progress is unsatisfactory and so report to the faculty in closed session. If, after faculty review, the chair’s determination is considered justified, the student will be notified that tenure in the department is to be terminated at the end of the semester. If the student disagrees with the judgment of the faculty, it shall be the student's responsibility to show cause as to why the faculty’s opinion is not justified. Any student who is judged wanting in sufficient progress will be granted one additional probationary semester, at the end of which continuation in Graduate School will be denied unless by extraordinary initiative and application the student is able to persuade the faculty to reverse their decision.

Probation Policy

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School. 

At the department level, the chair, in consultation with the major professor and advisory committee, may determine that a student’s progress is unsatisfactory and so report to the faculty in closed session. If, after faculty review, the chair’s determination is considered justified, the student will be notified that tenure in the department is to be terminated at the end of the semester. If the student disagrees with the judgment of the faculty, it shall be the students responsibility to show cause as to why the faculty’s opinion is not justified. Any student who is judged wanting in sufficient progress will be granted one additional probationary semester, at the end of which continuation in Graduate School will be denied unless by extraordinary initiative and application the student is able to persuade the faculty to reverse their decision.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor and a committee. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, every student is required to meet with the advisor and committee annually to review progress. If a progress report has not been filed by May 1, a hold will be placed on student course registration.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor and a committee. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, every student is required to meet with the advisor and committee annually to review progress. If a progress report has not been filed by May 1, a hold will be placed on student course registration.

Assessments and Examinations

In the second semester of the first year, students must complete the Certification of Candidate for a Master’s Degree.

Typically the defense of the master’s degree occurs no later than the end of the student’s sixth semester. A master’s degree warrant must be requested from the department prior to the defense.

Assessments and Examinations

In the second semester of the first year, students must complete the Certification of Candidate for a Ph.D. Degree.

By the end of the fourth semester, students must complete the qualifying examination and return the signed qualifying examination form to the department.

The preliminary examination (defense of research project) should be completed and the prelim warrant submitted by the end of the sixth semester. Note that in addition to passing the prelim exam, students must have completed 32 credits, clear all Incomplete or Progress grades in nonresearch courses, complete all minor requirements and earn at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be granted dissertator status. The preliminary defense warrant must be requested from the department.

Defense of the Ph.D. usually occurs after the tenth semester. A final defense warrant must be requested from the department.

Time Constraints

It is up to the student’s committee to determine whether or not a student who has been absent for five or more consecutive years will lose the credits earned before the absence; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

It is up to the student’s committee to determine whether or not a student who has been absent for five or more consecutive years will lose the credit earned before the absence; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

To be determined by the advisory committee.

Language Requirements

To be determined by the advisory committee.