Additional Resources

Incoming Students: Next Steps

Welcome to the UW Bothell MA in Policy Studies!

This page will be updated regularly with important information as we approach the start to the Autumn 2014 Quarter. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.


Orientation for new Policy Studies students is on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. There is a coffee social from 4:30 - 5:00 pm and the program will begin promptly at 5. New students will be greeted by the Academic Director, Dan Jacoby, meet with program facutly, and hear from our Student Ambassadors (second year students) during a student panel. Dinner will be served. Please meet between 4:30 - 5:00 pm in Founders Hall (UW1) in the second floor vista, which is the open area at the midway point of the floor. Feel free to reference the campus map, driving directions, and parking information.


  • Listservs: The listserv for your cohort has now been updated with all of your UW email addresses. We use to communicate program information, course information, job/internship announcements, and more. Please REPLY TO THE EMAIL I SENT with a simple “Received” to let me know that you received this notice and your UW email is working.
  • Current Student Page: The Current Students page has now been updated! Check it out to learn about your cohort and see who you’ll be experiencing the Policy Studies program with over the next two years. Thank you very much to everyone for sending in your information, it’s exciting to learn about our new group!


  • Registration: Please be sure to register for BPOLST 500 and BPOLST 501 by September 23. These are both 5-credit courses that all Policy Studies students are required to register for this Autumn Quarter. Registration details were sent in an earlier email and are also posted below. 
  • Orientation: Orientation for new IAS graduate students provides the opportunity for faculty, staff, and second year students to welcome you to campus and share important programmatic and logistical information with you. It also gives you a chance to meet graduate students in all three IAS graduate programs. Orientation will take place Tuesday, September 23 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., with check in and coffee social from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided.

The Registration Process


MyUW is your personal, easy-to-use tool for finding course schedules, registration deadlines, and many other resources at the University of Washington. You can personalize MyUW to fit your needs by including or excluding the services you see listed, adding bookmarks to your favorite links, and choosing the background and accent colors you prefer. See below for more information on the features of MyUW. To access MyUW, you must first create your UW NetID (see below).

PAC (Private Access Code)

You will need to obtain your PAC in order to register for courses. In order to do this please log back into your application and click on “status” to find your PAC and student number. You will need to use the PAC and student number to create your UW NetID. Please do not share your PAC with anyone. If you forget your PAC, you must visit the UW Bothell Admissions Office in person to reset the code.


Follow the instructions to create your NetID. You will be asked to choose a UW NetID as well as a password. If you need assistance setting up your UW NetID, please call C & C at (206) 543-5970.

Measles Immunization

Before you can register for courses, please fill out the Measles Immunity Verification form (PDF) and return it to the Registrar’s Office per the instructions on the form. There is also additional information available regarding this requirement.

Required Courses

The required courses in Autumn Quarter of your first year are BPOLST 500 Policy Process (5 credits), taught by Dr. Camille Walsh, and BPOLST 501 Public Finance and Budgeting (5 credits), taught by Dr. Dan Jacoby. Since you have been admitted to the program, a space in these courses and all other required Policy Studies courses has been reserved for you; therefore, there is no risk of being “closed out” of these courses but you still need to register. The full-time graduate course load at the University of Washington is 10 credits, so you are not expected to take any courses aside from BPOLST 500 and 501. If you feel you’ll have the time and energy to devote to additional course work in Autumn Quarter, please contact the IAS Graduate Office at


  1. Once you have created your UW NetID, log on to MyUW using your UW NetID and password.
  2. From the Student Personal Services menu on the left side of the MyUW home page, select Registration. As a new student, you’ll be eligible to register in the current registration period (called “Registration Period II” - June 24-September 24). During the registration process, the UW requires that students confirm their current address and make a decision regarding ASUWB membership. If you see a note stating, “Before registering you MUST . . .”, you’ll need to check your address and select your membership preference before access to registration will be allowed.
  3. Enter the Schedule Line Number (SLN) for each course you wish to add. In most cases, you will leave all other fields blank. To view available classes, choose Time Schedule under the Registration Resources menu. The Time Schedule will open in a separate, smaller window so you can have both windows open and toggle between them.The SLN numbers for the two required courses are 11773, for BPOLST 500, and 11774, for BPOLST 501.
  4. After making your course selections, click Update Schedule at the bottom of the Registration Screen. Your selections will be accepted only if all sections are available and there are no restrictions that would prevent you from registering (such as prerequisites). Messages will appear on the right side of the screen to alert you to any problems. Make any necessary revisions and resubmit.

After registering, you may log on to MyUW as often as you like to check the status of sections, list your confirmed schedule, add or drop courses, or check your account balance. You may contact the Registrar’s Office at (425) 352-5240 for assistance with registration.

Husky ID Card

Your Husky ID Card may be picked up in Campus Public Safety Office, LB2 005, any time after you have registered for Autumn Quarter. Please contact Student Affairs at 425-352-5000 or with any questions.

MyUW System Features

Visual Schedule
Displays your quarterly class schedule in a calendar format. From Personal Services in MyUW, select Visual Schedule from the list of Services.

Course Availability
Beginning Period I, you may log on to MyUW at any time to check course availability. You can also find this information in the time schedule.

Student Account and Loan Status Inquiries
Log on to MyUW to:

  • Find your current account balance
  • Get a summary of disbursed financial aid and check availability
  • Determine if outside lender loan funds are available
  • Get the latest recorded student account payment

Change of Address
Use this service to change your addresses (local and permanent) provided to the Student Directory and used by the Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts Office, Student Loans Office, and other University departments and offices. You may also use this feature to change your directory release information.

Important Dates - Orientation, First Classes

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014, late afternoon/early evening: program orientation; please make the necessary arrangements to be able to attend the event. We will send more details, including exact time, as orientation approaches.
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014: first day of Autumn Quarter
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014: first BPOLST 500 course meeting
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014: first BPOLST 501 course meeting

Student Resources

Please take a few moments to explore the Funding Resources section of our website as well as our Relocation Guide for graduate students.

Feel free to contact the IAS Graduate Office at or 425-352-3406 at any time with questions about the Policy Studies program or any of these important steps. 



Check this page regularly for important updates, announcements, and program information.