Course of Study
Minimum degree requirement is 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM. A student lacking any of the courses (or equivalents taken elsewhere) required to attain a Master’s degree in his/her major area of concentration must complete these courses as part of his/her PhD work.
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student selects an advisor, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, by the end of the first semester of the program.
|Core Courses (9 credits)|
|Methods Course (3 credits)|
|Advanced Seminar (3 credits)|
|Foreign Language or Specialized Scholarly Skill|
The candidate may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating one of the following:
The student must meet minimum Graduate School Residence Requirements.
|Doctoral Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Proposal Defense|
The candidate must pass an oral doctoral preliminary examination as one of the qualifications for achieving dissertator status. Candidates choose two to four topics in consultation with their advisor for the Preliminary Examination. The topics must be broader than, but related to, the focus of the candidate's proposed dissertation research. The topics must be approved by the Department's Graduate Studies Committee and the Department faculty. The preliminary examination must be passed within five years of initial enrollment for a student to be eligible to continue in the program.
The candidate must prepare a dissertation reporting in the candidate's own style the results of an original research investigation representing a substantive creative contribution.
As the final step toward the degree, the candidate must pass an oral examination before his/her doctoral committee in defense of the dissertation.
All degree requirements must be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program.
Graduate Grievance Procedures
Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.