(via Graduate School Academic Policies & Procedures)

Breadth is a required component of doctoral training at UW–Madison. Given there are multiple paths to breadth, the Graduate School leaves the choice of whether students achieve breadth through a minor or other means up to the specific graduate program.

There are two options for the doctoral minor.

Option A is called an external minor. Any of the named minors here are considered Option A minors.

Option B is called a distributed minor. Distributed minors require a minimum of 9 credits in one or more programs forming a coherent topic, and can include coursework in the program. Fulfillment of this option requires the approval of the major program.

The Graduate School’s minimum course requirements for the minor include:

  • An average GPA of 3.00 on all minor coursework;
  • Coursework must be graded courses numbered 300 or above; no audits or pass/fail;
  • Coursework may not be double counted for major requirements;
  • Maximum 3 credits of independent study (e.g., 699, 799, 899, 999);
  • Research and thesis cannot be used to satisfy the minor (e.g., 790, 890, 990);
  • No more than 5 credits of coursework completed more than 5 years prior to admission to the doctoral program; coursework taken 10 years ago or more may not be used.

A student cannot earn a doctoral minor and a graduate/professional certificate of the same name. Credits earned towards the minor may count towards the minimum graduate residence requirement, minimum graduate degree requirement, and the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement.