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LATIN 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:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least two-thirds of degree coursework (24 credits out of 36 total credits) must be completed in graduate-level Latin language and literature courses within the department: either those courses numbered 300, 400 or 500-level (this course range in classics assesses graduate students separately from undergraduates), or 700, 800, or 900-level (these courses in classics are specifically designed for graduate students). In addition, one graduate seminar (numbered 700 or above) is required.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

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

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required


Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.25 GPA or higher required.

Other Grade Requirements

More than one grade of B or below is considered unsatisfactory. More than one Incomplete at any one time is considered unsatisfactory.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

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 are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with the graduate advisor. Candidates for the M.A. should form a provisional thesis committee no later than the first week of the semester in which they plan to graduate. The committee should consist of a main advisor and two other faculty members. Candidates should meet with their thesis committee members by the end of the first month in the semester in which they plan to graduate in order to discuss the viability of the thesis.

Assessments and Examinations

For the M.A. thesis, the candidate presents to the committee a paper, typically of 25-35 double-spaced pages, written under the supervision of the committee. The paper should be written in a scholarly manner following the stylistic guidelines specified by the thesis adviser, and demonstrating familiarity with the appropriate bibliographical resources. The candidate then takes an oral examination of the thesis set by the committee.

Time Constraints

The thesis, written in consultation with the major professor, must be completed no later than two semesters after thesis work begins.

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

The student must pass a sight-reading proficiency examination in Latin. An examination in German, French, or Italian must also be passed before the M.A.is awarded.