HLC FAQ: 1. Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement FAQ
a. How does the minimum graduate residence credit requirement differ from the minimum degree credit requirement?
It is believed that the degree credit policy in place prior to Fall 2014 of 16 credits for a master’s degree, 24 credits for the MFA, and 32 credits for a doctoral degree in the Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures may have originally implied that these were the minimum number of credits a student must earn at UW-Madison while enrolled in the graduate career or in graduate residence. Over time, it appears this evolved into a degree credit policy.
There is now a set of explicit graduate residency minima: 16 credits for a master’s degree, 24 credits for a MFA degree, and 32 credits for a doctoral degree. This definition of graduate residency includes any online courses, as well as any remote field experience, practicum, and research credits, taken as a graduate student at UW-Madison. Credits applied to the graduate residence minimum must be earned while enrolled as a graduate student at UW-Madison and can also count toward the new degree credit minimums (30 credits for a master’s degree, 42 credits for the MFA, and 51 credits for a doctoral degree).
b. Do students need to satisfy the graduate residence credit requirement in order for a student to achieve dissertator status?
Yes, students must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree except for the dissertation AND have satisfied the minimum graduate residence credit requirement in order to achieve dissertator status.