Academic Policies and Procedures: Appendices

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Schools and Colleges

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Wisconsin School of Business
School of Education
College of Engineering
Graduate School
School of Human Ecology
Law School
College of Letters and Science
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Nursing
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
School of Pharmacy
School of Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Degrees Offered at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of French Studies (MFS)
Master of International Public Affairs (MIPA)
Master of Music (M.M.)
Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For a list of programs and degrees offered by each department, see UW-Madison Graduate Academic Programs. Also see the current Graduate School Catalog.

  Fellow Trainee Research Assistant Project Assistant Teaching Assistant
Subject to State and Federal Income Taxes yes1 yes1 yes yes yes
Withholding no2 no2 yes yes yes
Subject to FICA Tax no no no3 no3 no3
W2 no4 no4 yes yes yes
Health Insurance (if at least 33.33% time   appointment or an equivalent) yes yes yes yes yes
Remission of nonresident portion of   tuition (if at least 33.33% time appointment or an equivalent) yes no yes yes yes
Remission of resident portion of tuition   (if at least 33.33% time appointment or an equivalent) no no yes5 yes5 yes5
Vacation no varies no yes no
Sick Leave no varies no yes yes

1 May deduct tuition, fees, and books from stipends when calculating taxable income.
2 Except international students. See your payroll coordinator.
3 Half-time enrollment is required for exemption.
4 The university provides fellows and trainees a summary of stipend payments each January.
5 Does not include segregated fees which are the responsibility of the student.

Grades are assigned only by instructors and are reported only by letter grade. Plus and minus grades are not accepted.

The university uses the following grading system:
Grade Grade-points per credit
A Excellent 4
AB Intermediate 3.5
B Good 3
BC Intermediate 2.5
C Fair 2
D Poor 1
F Failure 0

The following grades have no associated grade points and are excluded from the graduate Grade Point Average (GPA):
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
I Incomplete (a temporary grade when work is not completed)
P Progress
PI Permanent Incomplete
DR Dropped
W Withdrew
CR Credit
N No Credit
IN Incomplete in Credit/No Credit Course (a temporary grade when work is not completed)
M Missing – used for audited courses
NR No Report (a temporary grade for a graded course when a final grade has not been submitted by the instructor; a final grade for an audited course when the student did not meet the instructor’s minimum standards)
NW No Work – used for non-attendance in a course
Q Question on Credits

  • To calculate graduate GPA:
    • Refer to the grading system table in Appendix 3 above to find the grade-point value of each letter grade on your transcript.
    • Multiply the grade-point value by the number of credits for the course. For example, a three (3) credit AB would be calculated as:
        3.5 grade-points for an AB
      × 3 credits
        10.5 grade-points
    • Continue this calculation for every course numbered 300 and above that you took as a graduate student. Do include independent study courses and seminars. Do not include research courses; each department determines course numbers for their research courses. Do not include courses taken as a University Special student. Add the total number of grade points earned and the total number of credits earned.
    • Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credits.
        215 grade-points
      ÷ 60 credits
        3.58 GPA
    • This final figure is your graduate GPA.

The UW-Madison Cross College Advising Service GPA Calculator may be a useful tool.

Double Degree

  • 2 degrees, 2 diplomas
  • 2 graduate majors
  • 2 advisors, 2 committees
  • 2 theses or dissertations
  • Minimum Graduate School requirements for each degree
  • 2 prelims (PhD)
  • 2 warrant requests, 2 warrants
  • List of courses used for each major must be submitted to GS when requesting warrants.
  • No more than 25% overlap (of the total credits for the program with lowest credit requirement).

Joint Degree

  • 1 degree, 1 diploma
  • 2 graduate majors
  • 2 advisors, 1 committee
  • 1 thesis or dissertation
  • Joint prelim, if both major programs agree, or 2 prelims (PhD)
  • 1 warrant request, 1 warrant
  • Must submit proposal to GS before beginning of second year.  Need signatures of both advisors and both program directors, and Graduate School approval.

Dual Degree

  • One graduate degree and one professional degree (i.e. a degree from the School of Medicine and Public Health or the Law school).

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