UW Graduate School

June 11, 2019

Memo 19: Grading System for Graduate Students

In reporting grades for graduate students, graduate degree-offering units shall use the system described herein. Grades shall be entered as numbers, the possible values being 4.0, 3.9,… and decreasing by one-tenth until 1.7 is reached. Grades below 1.7 will be recorded as 0.0 by the Registrar and no credit is earned. A minimum of 2.7…


June 19, 2019

Memo 47: Graduate Programs and Credentials

This memo defines the relationship between a graduate degree program or graduate certificate program and the transcripted credentials associated with it. The policy described in this memo applies only to new and significantly revised graduate programs.  The Memo 47 Companion Document provides additional information on policy implementation, including review and approval roles of the Graduate School…


June 14, 2019

Mentor Memos

What’s the best way to pick a lab? How can you manage a large writing project? How do you work the crowd at a cocktail party with confidence and ease? These topics — and many others — are not necessarily covered in a graduate student’s coursework. But knowing how to manage time, the best way…


June 11, 2019

Memo 46: Graduate Degree Requirements

This memorandum describes general policies on minimum degree requirements and allowable credits for graduate degrees. Degree requirements for specific graduate programs are managed by that program and may be in excess of the minimum requirements described in this memo. This memorandum includes the following sections:I. General PoliciesII. Requirements Applying to All Graduate Degree ProgramsIII. Master’s…


Memo 41: Graduate Courses in Non-Degree-Offering Units

This memo describes the procedures for faculty members of an academic unit not authorized to offer a graduate degree program to request permission to offer courses numbered 500 to 599. Existing Graduate Certificate programs that are not affiliated with a graduate-degree-offering program or department must follow this procedure to create new courses or a new…


Memo 39: Guidelines for Part-Time and/or Self-Sustaining Graduate Programs

Within its enrollment limit, the University’s primary commitment is to full-time state-supported degree programs. Part-time degree programs, often funded on a self-sustaining basis, may be proposed to meet the special needs of certain groups of prospective students, for example those of mid-career professionals. Such programs should observe the following guidelines: Self-sustaining degree programs tailored for…


Memo 38: Graduate Level Extension Courses

Graduate degree-granting units may, with Graduate School approval, offer 500-level extension credit courses when there is a clear demand for such courses. In this context “extension course” means a complete section or part of a section in which students are enrolled through University Extension or the unit office of continuing education, beyond the state enrollment…


Memo 35: Concurrent Degree Programs

Concurrent programs are defined as a pair of programs that may be pursued at the UW by a post baccalaureate student resulting in completion of the requirements for either two graduate degrees or a graduate and a professional degree. Rather than sequentially completing first one degree and then the other, the student’s time and the…


Memo 28: Master’s Degree Programs: Thesis/Non-Thesis Options and Final Examinations

Thesis and Non-Thesis Programs Programs may include both a “thesis option” and a “non-thesis option” provided that the overall level of achievement for the degree remains the same. The Master’s thesis should be evidence of the graduate student’s ability to carry out independent investigation and to present the results in clear and systemic form. A…


Memo 26: The Candidate’s Certificate

The Candidate’s certificate gives formal recognition of the successful completion of a very significant step toward the doctoral degrees awarded through the Graduate School: Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Musical Arts. Students who have passed the Graduate School General Examination and who have completed all requirements for the degree except the…


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