Criteria for Minimal Satisfactory Progress, Master's Degree
All persons who have been accepted by EPS to pursue studies for the Master's degree are required to meet the minimum criteria listed below. The student who does not will be so informed and will be referred to the department chair in consultation with his/her advisor for review and consideration of termination. If a termination is recommended, that decision will be reviewed by the department faculty. A student can appeal to the Department for reconsideration of any termination decision. These policies in no way supersede or are a substitute for regulations of the Graduate School.
- The student must have an advisor in Educational Policy Studies who supervises the student's studies in EPS.
- The student must maintain an over-all grade point of at least 3.25 in graduate courses completed at UW-Madison for credit toward the degree. If the GPA falls below 3.25, the student will have the next term in which he/she is enrolled to raise the GPA to the minimum level before progress will be unsatisfactory. Letter grades of "P" or "S" are not considered in determining GPA.
- Grade of Incomplete must be removed as follows:
- For a course receiving a grade of Incomplete in the fall semester, students must complete and submit to the instructor all required work no later than the 6th week of the spring semester.
- For a course receiving a grade of Incomplete in the spring semester, students must complete and submit to the instructor all required work no later than the 6th week of the fall semester.
- For a course receiving a grade of Incomplete during summer session, students must complete and submit to the instructor all required work no later than the 6th week of the following fall semester. If a student fails to meet these conditions, the department must have a statement from the professor of the course requesting a specified period of extension not to exceed one semester. When a student has more than 6 credits that have not been removed within the specified period, his/her progress is to be considered unsatisfactory.
- The following time limits apply to the Masters degree. A student in violation of any one will be considered not to be making satisfactory progress.
- The student must complete all requirements for the Master's degree within six semesters (not counting summer sessions) of full-time residence or the equivalent. For the student who is enrolled part-time during the academic year and/or is enrolled only during the summer session, the time limit for completion of all requirements for the Master's degree is to be prorated to a maximum of eight years after graduate admission.
- The Master's degree committee may grant up to a one semester extension for revision of the Master's paper.
- Failure to complete the Master's degree within the time limits given above will result in the student being declared "inactive." A student who has been declared inactive will not be eligible to take the final comprehensive examination and receive the degree until his/her program has been reviewed by the advisor in consultation with the chair. This review may result in recommending that additional courses be taken to up-date the student's program.