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…


July 2, 2020

Career Advice During COVID-19

As we continue to adjust to Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders for Washington state, the realities of a changed work environment and altered research expectations have clearly hit home. Unfortunately, the financial impact of Stay Home, Stay Healthy won’t be fully realized for a number of months, if not years. More importantly, it will be…


May 21, 2020

Career advice during COVID-19

As we anxiously await the termination of our current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the realities of a changed work environment and altered research expectations have clearly hit home. In recent weeks, we’ve heard of the dire predictions of budget shortfalls – within the School of Medicine, across the UW campus, and within our community. Unfortunately, the…


March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Admissions FAQs

Information for Graduate Students| UW Classes & Instruction | Application Deadlines | English Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL | English Proficiency Requirement: Duolingo | Enrollment Updates | Deferrals     International F-1 / J-1 Information   International Offices | Next Steps | Summer 2021 | Continuing F-1 & J-1 Students | Employment Authorization (OPT, CPT, AT) | Change…


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

Overview This memo describes the procedures for faculty members of an academic unit not authorized to offer a graduate degree or graduate certificate program to request permission to offer courses numbered 500 to 599 and create a new course prefix, if required. Courses proposed under this memo should not be intended as part of a…


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 UW Continuum College or the unit office of continuing education, beyond the state…


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