A Program of Study is the list of formal coursework, seminars, research and thesis hours that is required to successfully complete your degree. It should be developed with, and approved, by your graduate committee. Courses on degree plans vary between students depending upon their background and career objectives. The degree plan is a contract between the student and his/her graduate committee. It is in the student's best interest to have the Program of Study approved as soon as possible. This should be done BEFORE the start of the second full semester. Students are not eligible to receive funds managed through the department (e.g., assistantships or travel funds) beyond the start of the second long semester until a degree plan is approved and on file in the department.
A student's program should emphasize graduate-level work, but undergraduate coursework may be included to address academic deficiencies, particularly for research skills and techniques. The amount of undergraduate (= 4000 level) courses that will count towards the M.S. or Ph.D. degree is limited to 8 credit hours. If critical deficiencies exist, your committee may require you to take additional undergraduate courses that do not contribute to the graduate degree requirements.
An M.S. thesis option student must take a minimum of 26 credit hours of course work and four hours of 5960: Thesis Research.
A Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 72 hours of credit from UW or another approved university. This 72-hour requirement may include graduate credits earned while working toward the M.S. degree in the same area but in that case at least 42 hours of the 72 must be earned through formal course work. Additional credits toward the 72-hour requirement may include additional formal course credits such as 5980: Dissertation Research credits. Of the course work hours mentioned above, it is desirable that a minimum of about 12 hours be selected from Veterinary and Animal Science course offerings associated with the degree title. In unique circumstances (e.g., exceptional disciplinary academic background before arriving at UW, or special targeted career objectives) the committee may allow that fewer disciplinary courses be taken at UW in lieu of other specialized coursework. Conversely, the committee may require additional hours for the degree or additional hours within the discipline, depending on the scope of the research problem and previous course work.
A petition may be filed if it is necessary to change the Program of Study. This requires the signatures of your committee and the head of the department. The Registrar's Office houses relevant forms for the currently enrolled graduate students.