Graduate Programs that do not Require a Doctoral Minor or Graduate/Professional Certificate for Breadth Requirement
Effective Fall 2011, Graduate School policy increased the flexibility available to doctoral programs to ensure breadth in student training by making completion of a minor optional rather than required. Programs can continue to require their students to complete a minor or they can opt into other types of breadth training. The decision was made at the November 12, 2010 meeting of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee. The Graduate Faculty Executive Committee also approved adding Graduate/Professional certificates as an option to meet the breadth requirement at the March 12, 2021 meeting. This addition is effective with the those students becoming dissertators in Fall 2021. Programs can also elect to opt-out of the Graduate/Professional certificate by incorporating breadth into their doctoral program curriculum. The policy on Breadth Requirement in Doctoral Training can be found here: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1200.
These changes in no way diminish the Graduate School’s commitment to breadth as an important component of doctoral training. Rather, these policy changes acknowledge that there are multiple paths to breadth, and the Graduate School feels the individual program is best positioned to choose the correct paths for its students.
The following graduate programs have completed the Graduate School's process to make a doctoral minor or Graduate/Professional certificate optional for students.