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MATHEMATICS Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
M.A. PH.D.
Overall GPA
3.3 or above
Overall GPA
3.3 or above
Other Grade Requirements
Follow Graduate School policy
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
First-year candidates must take two 700-level mathematics courses per semester.
Probation Policy
Yes
Candidates not making satisfactory progress will be placed on probation. If this probationary status is not resolved by the end of the semester in which it is initiated, the candidate will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in mathematics and any guarantee of support will be terminated. Exceptions to the rules will be made only in rare circumstances and must be initiated through written appeals to the graduate coordinator or the Graduate Programs Committee.
Probation Policy
Yes
Candidates not making satisfactory progress will be placed on probation. If this probationary status is not resolved by the end of the semester in which it is initiated, the candidate will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in mathematics and any guarantee of support will be terminated. Exceptions to the rules will be made only in rare circumstances and must be initiated through written appeals to the graduate coordinator or the Graduate Programs Committee.
Specific Courses
Yes
  • An advanced computer science course which involves substantial programming in a structured language is required (this requirement is waived for math students passing at least two qualifying math examinations).
  • At least four of the following core courses: Math 703, Math 704, Math/CS 714, Math/CS 715, Math 721, Math 722, Math 725, Math 741, Math 742, Math 751, Math 752, Math 761, Math 770, Math 771, Math 773, Math 776.
Specific Courses
Yes
  • During their first year, candidates must take at least two mathematics courses numbered 700 or above each semester.
  • During their second year, candidates must take at least one mathematics course numbered 700 or above each semester, and a total of at least three mathematics courses numbered 700 or above during the year.
  • Thereafter, all candidates must take at least one mathematics course numbered 700 or above each semester.
Specific Credits
Yes
  • A minimum of 16 graduate-level credits must be taken as a graduate student at UW-Madison.
  • A minimum of 30 graduate credits; 18 credits in mathematics (or cross-listed courses).
Specific Credits
Yes
  • A minimum of 54 credits is required to earn the degree; at least two 3-credit courses each semester (one if a dissertator) in mathematics or in an approved minor.
  • A minimum of 32 credits must have been taken as a graduate student at UW-Madison.
Examinations / Time Constraints
No
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
  • All candidates must pass qualifying exams in two of six areas: algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, logic, and geometry/topology.
  • All candidates are required to pass at least one qualifying exam by the beginning of their fourth semester, and two by the beginning of their sixth semester. Failure to pass at least one qualifier by the beginning of the fourth semester results in immediate withdrawal of guaranteed support, although students will continue to be supported during the fourth semester. A candidate who has passed no qualifying exam by the beginning of the fourth semester is no longer in the Ph.D. program. The candidate may register for the fourth semester as a master's student to earn a master's degree.
  • Candidates must satisfy all requirements for dissertator status by the end of the eighth semester. Specifically, candidates must have finished all degree requirements other than the dissertation.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
The degree should be completed in two years; students who do not complete it in three years will be dropped from the program.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
The degree should be completed within eight years. Students must obtain permission from the graduate program committee to enroll beyond eight years.
Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
No
Minor Requirements
Yes
Complete 18 or more credits that provide training in (a) some speciality within mathematics or (b) some outside specialty on which mathematics bears. The specialty in (b) may be academic or vocational.
  • Option A. All course work is in a single department—the mathematics department or an outside department. Option A requirements are set by the host department and typically call for 12 credits. An internal math minor requires 12 credits in courses numbered above 700 in an area different from those of the two qualifying exams. Students in Option A find a professor in the area of interest to serve as the minor advisor.
  • Option B. Also called a distributed minor. This minor involves taking courses in one or more departments, which may include the mathematics department. Option B requires a minimum of 12 credits. These requirements are set by the graduate program committee of the mathematics department. To avoid disallowed courses, students should obtain approval in the early stages from the graduate studies coordinator.
Advisor
Yes
Candidates should consult their academic advisor three or more semesters before completing the degree requirements.
Advisor
Yes
Pre-dissitator students are required to meet with their academic advisor for an advising session at least once each semester. Ph.D. candidates are required to have a thesis advisor by the end of the sixth semester.
Review Policy
Yes
Graduate studies coordinator
Annually
Review Policy
Yes
Graduate studies coordinator
Annually