University of Wisconsin–Madison


If students are unable to complete coursework by the end of the semester, instructors may assign temporary I (Incomplete) grades. Students receive a warning message from the Graduate School upon receipt of an I grade, reminding them that students are not permitted to graduate with an I grade on their transcripts. Graduate students are allowed the subsequent semester of enrollment to complete the coursework before the Graduate School will place the student on probation. Programs may impose more stringent rules for satisfactory progress.

In consultation with the program, students may be suspended from the Graduate School for failing to complete coursework and receive a final grade in a timely fashion.

All Incomplete grades must be resolved before dissertator status or a degree is granted.

Unresolved Incomplete grades lapse to a grade of Permanent Incomplete (PI) after five years.

See Permanent Incomplete (PI) GradeProbationSatisfactory Progress