UW Graduate School

June 11, 2019

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…


Memo 10: Graduate Student Classifications

The following classifications are assigned to graduate students and postdoctoral appointees on the basis of their advancement toward or completion of graduate degrees: Categories 1  |  Premaster A Premaster has been admitted to the Graduate School, but has not yet completed a master’s degree or the equivalent. 2  |  Post-Master A Post-master has completed the master’s degree or equivalent,…


Memo 7: Periodic Review of Existing Degree Programs

University of Washington Executive Order 20.4 mandates the review of all degree-offering academic units on a regular basis, including the undergraduate and graduate degree programs they offer: Reviews of all academic units including the graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered by these units are required at least every ten years and are conducted jointly by…


Memo 6: Authorization of New Graduate Degree Programs

Definitions Graduate education consists of post-baccalaureate programs of study and research leading to master’s degrees, doctoral degrees (exclusive of medical, dental, pharmacy, and first legal doctorates), graduate certificates, and intermediate certified status such as the “certificate of candidacy.” The Graduate School is responsible for supervising the content and level of programs leading to graduate degrees…


Memo 5: Interdisciplinary Committees and Degree-Offering Groups

Overview Certain fields of knowledge or inquiry may be of interest to members of the graduate faculty associated with two or more academic units across different schools, colleges, or campuses. To facilitate collaboration, the Dean of the Graduate School may establish two types of faculty organizations under the Graduate School’s administrative structure: non-degree-offering interdisciplinary committees…


Memo 3: Graduate Admission

Admission to graduate study at the University of Washington provides opportunities for study leading to master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Graduate School is responsible for determining the minimum requirements for admission. These admissions requirements are based on the Washington Student Achievement Council Admissions Standards Policy. Departments may have additional or more stringent requirements….


Graduate School Memoranda

The following list of memoranda includes graduate program policies maintained by the Graduate School. Content is reviewed and modified as needed according to the posted guidelines for the Updates to or Creation of Graduate School Policy and the Process Overview for Graduate School Policy Changes. Note: Missing numbers are for memoranda that are obsolete and…


June 3, 2019

Michael Aguirre: Commemoration and appropriation of Cinco de Mayo

This weekend across the U.S., beverage companies, restaurants and bars will offer various specials on drink and food in celebration of the Mexican commemoration of Cinco de Mayo. But what does Cinco de Mayo really represent, and what does it mean to celebrate this day in the U.S.? Michael Aguirre, PhD candidate in History, studies the…


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