Graduate School

Degrees, Minors, Certificates

Schools and Colleges
Majors and Degrees
Graduate Certificates
Capstone Certificates

The UW-Madison Graduate School confers the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Music, Master of Engineering, Master of French Studies, Master of Legal Institutions, Master of International Public Affairs, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Science-Social Work, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. Also, several programs that do not award graduate degrees offer Ph.D. minors and certificates.

The master's degree is conferred only upon completion of a coherent and focused program of advanced study. Each department has set its own minimum degree requirements beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School. The Master of Fine Arts degree offers superior students advanced training and opportunities for creativity. The program is for the prospective professional artist and teacher in the fine arts at the college level and emphasizes creative work.

The Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Musical Arts are the highest degrees conferred at UW-Madison. Neither is conferred solely as a result of any prescribed period of study, no matter how faithfully pursued. The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and is granted on evidence of general proficiency, distinctive attainment in a special field, and particularly on ability for independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation presenting original research or creative scholarship with a high degree of literary skill. The D.M.A. degree is granted on evidence of a high degree of competence in performance, conducting, or composition.

Both the Ph.D. and D.M.A. degree programs must be rationally unified, and all courses must contribute to an organized program of study and research. Courses must be selected from groups embracing one principal subject of concentration, called the major (see list of Majors and Degrees), and from one or more related fields, called the minor. The major field is normally coextensive with the work of a single department or with one of the subjects under which certain programs have been formally arranged. A major may be permitted to extend beyond the above limits with the prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate

School. The minor is designed to represent a coherent body of work, taken as a graduate student, and should not be simply an after-the-fact ratification of a number of courses taken outside the major department.

Minimum credits and other requirements necessary to earn these degrees are listed in the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements section.

Schools and Colleges

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Business, School of
Education, School of
Engineering, College of
Graduate School, Interdisciplinary Programs
Human Ecology, School of
Law School
Letters and Science, College of
Medical School
Nursing, School of
Pharmacy, School of
Veterinary Medicine, School of

Majors and Degrees

This is the official list of graduate degrees offered at UW-Madison. Additional information, including all application materials, is available directly from the department or program.


 O P R S T U V W Z


African Languages and Literature-M.A., Ph.D.

Afro-American Studies-M.A.

Agricultural and Applied Economics-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Agricultural Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Agricultural Journalism-M.S. (see Life Sciences Communication)

Agronomy-M.S., Ph.D.

Analytical Clinical Chemistry-M.S.

Animal Sciences-M.S., Ph.D.

Anthropology-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Art-M.A., M.F.A.

Art Education-M.A.

Art History-M.A., Ph.D.

Astronomy-M.S., Ph.D.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences-M.S., Ph.D.



Biochemistry-M.S., Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.


Biomolecular Chemistry-M.S., Ph.D.

Biophysics-M.S., Ph.D.

Botany-M.S., Ph.D.


Business: Accounting-M.Acc., M.B.A.

Business: Actuarial Science-M.S.

Business: Arts Administration-M.A.

Business: Finance, Investment and Banking-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: General Management-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Information Systems Analysis and Design-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: International Business-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Management and Human Resources-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Marketing-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Operations and Information Management-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Real Estate and Urban Land Economics-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Risk Management and Insurance-M.B.A., M.S.

Business: Supply Chain Management-M.B.A., M.S.


Cartography and Geographic Information Systems-M.S.

Cellular and Molecular Biology-M.S., Ph.D.

Chemical Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Chemistry-M.S., Ph.D.

Child and Family Studies-See Human Ecology

Chinese-M.A., Ph.D.

Civil and Environmental Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Classics-M.A., Ph.D.

Communication Arts-M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Communicative Disorders-M.S., Ph.D.

Comparative Literature-M.A., Ph.D.

Computer Sciences-M.S., Ph.D.

Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development-M.S.

Consumer Science-See Human Ecology

Continuing and Vocational Education-M.S., Ph.D.


Counseling Psychology-Ph.D.

Creative Writing--new MFA program.  For information, contact the Department of English, 608/263-3750,

Effective for fall 2002 matriculation

(online update 8/1/01)

Curriculum and Instruction-M.S., Ph.D.


Dairy Science-M.S., Ph.D.


Development Policy and Public Administration-See International Public Affairs



Economics-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Education and French-M.A.

Education and German-M.A.

Education and Mathematics-M.A.

Education and Spanish-M.A.

Educational Administration-M.S., Ph.D.

Educational Policy Studies-M.A., Ph.D.

Educational Psychology-M.S., Ph.D.

Electrical Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology-M.S., Ph.D.


Engineering Mechanics-M.S., Ph.D.

English-M.A., Ph.D.

Entomology-M.S., Ph.D.

Environmental Chemistry and Technology-M.S., Ph.D.

Environmental Monitoring-M.S., Ph.D.

Environmental Toxicology-M.S., Ph.D.


Family and Consumer Journalism-M.S.

Food Science-M.S., Ph.D.

Forestry-M.S., Ph.D.

French-M.A., Ph.D.

French Studies-M.F.S.


Genetics-M.S., Ph.D.

Geography-M.S., Ph.D.

Geological Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Geology-M.S., Ph.D.

Geophysics-M.S., Ph.D.

German-M.A., Ph.D.



Hebrew and Semitic Studies-M.A., Ph.D.

History-M.A., Ph.D.

History of Science-M.A., Ph.D.

Horticulture-M.S., Ph.D.

Human Ecology-M.S., Ph.D.


Industrial Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.

Industrial Relations-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Interior Environments-See Human Ecology

International Public Affairs-M.I.P.A.

Italian-M.A., Ph.D.


Japanese-M.A., Ph.D.

Journalism and Mass Communication-M.A.


Kinesiology-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.


Land Resources-M.S., Ph.D.

Landscape Architecture-M.A., M.S.

Languages and Cultures of Asia-M.A., Ph.D.


Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies-M.A.

Legal Institutions-M.L.I.

Library and Information Studies-M.A., Ph.D.

Life Sciences Communication-M.S.

Limnology and Marine Science-M.S., Ph.D.

Linguistics-M.A., Ph.D.


Manufacturing Systems Engineering-M.S.

Mass Communication-Ph.D.

Materials Science-M.S., Ph.D.

Mathematics-M.A., Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering-M.S., M. Engr., Ph.D.

Medical Genetics-M.S., Ph.D.

Medical Microbiology and Immunology-M.S.

Medical Physics-M.S., Ph.D.

Metallurgical Engineering-M.S., Ph.D.


Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology-M.S., Ph.D.

Music-D.M.A., Ph.D.

Music: Education-M.M.

Music: Ethnomusicology-M.A., M.M.

Music: History-M.A., M.M.

Music: Performance-M.A., M.M., D.M.A.

Music: Theory-M.A., M.M.


Neuroscience-M.S., Ph.D.

Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics-M.S., Ph.D.

Nursing-M.S., Ph.D.

Nutritional Sciences-M.S., Ph.D.


Oncology-M.S., Ph.D.


Pathology-M.S., Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Sciences-M.S., Ph.D.

Pharmacy-M.S. (See also Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Philosophy-M.A., Ph.D.

Physics-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Physiology-M.S., Ph.D.

Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics-M.S., Ph.D.

Plant Pathology-M.S., Ph.D.

Political Science-M.A., Ph.D.

Population Health-M.S., Ph.D.

Portuguese-M.A., Ph.D.

Psychology-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Public Affairs-M.P.A.


Rehabilitation Psychology-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Rural Sociology-M.S.

Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies-M.A.


Scandinavian Studies-M.A., Ph.D.

Science Education-M.S.

Slavic Languages and Literatures-M.A., Ph.D.

Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy-M.S., Ph.D.

Social Welfare-Ph.D.

Social Work-M.S.S.W.

Sociology-M.S., Ph.D.

Soil Science-M.S., Ph.D.

Southeast Asian Studies-M.A.

Spanish-M.A., Ph.D.

Special Education-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Special Graduate Committee-M.A., M.F.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Statistics-M.S., Ph.D.


Textiles and Clothing-See Human Ecology

Textiles and Design-See Human Ecology

Theatre and Drama-M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

Therapeutic Science-M.S.


Urban and Regional Planning-M.S., Ph.D.


Veterinary Science-M.S., Ph.D.


Water Chemistry (see Environmental Chemistry and Technology-M.S., Ph.D.)

Water Resources Management-M.S.

Wildlife Ecology-M.S., Ph.D.


Zoology-M.A., M.S., Ph.D.


The purpose of the minor is to give breadth to a Ph.D. major. Cross-listed courses are permitted if distinct from the major area of study as judged by the major department. There are two kinds of minors: Option A and Option B.

The Option A minor requires:

In addition to Option A minors in departments or programs that offer graduate degrees, the Graduate School has authorized minors in the following areas:

African Studies

East Asian Studies

English Linguistics


History of Medicine


Prevention and Intervention Science--new minor.

For information, contact the School of Social Work, 608/263-7147,

Print Culture History

Religious Studies

Women's Studies

The Option B (Distributed) minor requires:

Graduate Certificates

The university offers several programs of study that do not grant graduate degrees but coordinate teaching and research among scholars active in interrelated disciplines. Students working toward a "graduate certificate" must be enrolled simultaneously in a UW-Madison graduate degree program. There is no formal admission for graduate certificates; students typically request the certificate after all course work has been completed.  The certificate program monitors all course requirements and satisfactory progress.

The following  programs offer graduate certificates:

African Studies

Air Resources Management

Bioinformatics--new graduate certificate (do not confuse with Bioinformatics capstone certificate--see below).  For information, contact Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics in the Medical School, 608/263-1706, fax 608/265-5579

Educational Administration (Specialist)

Energy Analysis and Policy

Engineering Management Specialization

European Studies

Gerontology (Specialist)

Library and Information Studies (Specialist)

Medieval Studies

Prevention and Intervention Science--new graduate certificate. For information, contact School of Social Work, 608/263-7147,

Public Service History

Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

Teaching and Learning Scholarship in Higher Education

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Technical Communication

Women's Studies

Capstone Certificates

The university offers programs of study for new students not currently enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree program. Formal admission to the capstone certificate program and to the Graduate School is required. Capstone certificate students are required to meet the same academic requirements as those defined for degree-seeking students.  They must have completed a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent; seek a certificate to "cap off" their undergraduate training; or are professionals returning to school for specialized training in the area of the certificate.

The program of study may involve module courses instead of regular credit courses and may have a fee structure different from credit-based graduate tuition. The program monitors all academic requirements and satisfactory progress.

Capstone programs do not lead to the conferral of a graduate degree. Rather, they are a focused collection of courses that, when completed, afford the student a record of coherent academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of disciplines.  Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded certificates at commencement ceremonies organized and conducted by the individual programs.  Students will not be eligible to participate in the general university commencement ceremonies.

The following programs offer capstone certificates:

Bioinformatics--new capstone certificate (do not confuse with Bioinformatics graduate certificate--see above).  For information, contact the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics in the Medical School, 608/263-1706; fax 608/265-5579

 (online update 8/1/01)

French Studies

Fundamentals of Clinical Research--new capstone certificate.  For information, contact Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics in the Medical School, 608/263-1706, fax 608-265-5579

 (online update 8/1/01)

Geographic Information Systems

Laboratory Quality Management--new capstone certificate.  For information, contact the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, 608/262-2085,

 Effective for fall 2001 matriculation

 (online update 8/1/01)

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