UW Graduate School

Enrollment Requirement

The enrollment requirement for the master’s degree is 36 credits, 30 of which must be taken at the University of Washington.

For the doctoral degree, the enrollment requirement is 90 credits, 60 of which must be taken at the University of Washington. With the approval of the degree-granting unit, an appropriate master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may substitute for (30 credits) of enrollment. Doctoral Study requires an immersion in an academic field and its intellectual community. Degree-granting units may require a period of full-time and/or on-site study.

Only courses numbered 400, 500, 600, 700, and 800 can be applied to enrollment or course credit in the major field for advanced degrees (please see the Graduate Courses policy regarding courses numbered 499). Courses numbered 300 are not applicable to enrollment or course credit toward advanced degrees except when applied by permission of the graduate program coordinator or supervisory committee toward the graduate minor or supporting courses. Courses numbered below 300 are not applicable to enrollment or course credit for advanced degrees.

Full-Time Enrollment

Full-time quarterly enrollment for graduate students is 10 credits.