General Catalog

Graduation requirements

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Graduation requirements - baccalaureate level

Filing an application

A UW Bothell student must make an appointment with the program office to complete an application for graduation. The student should file three quarters before the expected date of graduation. The absolute deadline for filing an application is Friday of the third week of the quarter in which the student intends to graduate.

Because degrees are not automatically awarded when requirements have been satisfied, it is the student's responsibility to apply for a degree. The student's application and any supporting documents are processed upon completion of the appointment with the program office.

The application will be submitted by the program advisor, confirmed by the student, and reviewed by the UW Bothell Registrar's Office. If a problem arises, the UW Bothell Registrar's Office, or the program office, will notify the student. Program advisors should notify the UW Bothell Registrar's Office if a course listed on the graduation application is substituted. If an applicant is ineligible to graduate because of a deficiency, the UW Bothell Registrar's Office will notify the student.

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Graduating senior priority

Graduating seniors or post-baccalaureate students, may qualify for early registration for the upcoming quarter(s). To qualify, the student must file a graduation application no later than the third Friday of the quarter before they plan to graduate.

Students who qualify will receive Graduating Senior Priority status for no more than two quarters prior to graduation. If graduation is postponed, the student may postpone their priority quarter. When Graduating Senior Priority has been used for two quarters, the student will revert to regular senior priority.

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Requirements for a baccalaureate degree

To graduate, a student must meet university requirements; college, school, or campus requirements; and department or program requirements. This section contains only University requirements. The graduation requirements for particular programs at the UW Bothell campus are explained in the catalog sections devoted to the academic programs.

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Scholastic standards required

To be eligible for the baccalaureate degree, a student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all work done in residence at the University. The graduation grade-point average is computed when the student has completed all work for the degree and includes only credits earned while in residence at the University.

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Credits required

To be eligible for graduation from the University, with the baccalaureate degree, a student must offer a minimum of 180 academic credits and satisfy all other specific requirements. The University of Washington Bothell has established minimum general education requirements for baccalaureate degrees. These minimum requirements are:

  • English Composition - 5 credits (A grade of 2.0 is required)
  • Additional Writing - 10 credits QSR - 5 credits
  • NW - 15 credits
  • VLPA - 15 credits
  • I & S - 15 credits
  • Diversity- 3 credits (can overlap with general education requirements above)*
    • *Diversity Requirement- courses which focus on the sociocultural, political, and economic diversity of human experience and help students develop an understanding of the complexities of living in increasingly diverse and interconnected societies.

Each University of Washington Bothell program has established requirements that meet or exceed these minimum requirements.

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Limitation on ROTC credits

Credits earned in first- and second-year military training courses cannot be counted in the basic 180 credits required for graduation.

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Limitations on physical education activity credits

No more than three physical education activity credits can apply toward a degree.

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Final-year residence requirement

To be recommended for a first, or subsequent, baccalaureate degree, a student must complete 45 of his or her final 60 credits as a matriculated student in residence at the campus of the University where the degree is being earned. The granting of exceptions to this rule is the responsibility of the dean of the school, college, or campus awarding the degree. If an exception is granted, the student still must present a minimum of 45 credits taken in residence as a matriculated student to be awarded a UW degree.

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Catalog for graduation requirements

In general, a student graduates under the requirements of the current catalog. However, a student may fulfill graduation requirements noted in the catalog in effect at the time he or she entered the school or college from which he or she is to graduate, provided that (1) not more than ten years have elapsed since the student's entry, and (2) the school, college or campus, and department or program agree that the student may graduate under the earlier requirements.

If the student graduates more than 10 years after enrolling in the school, college, or campus, the current catalog must be used for graduation purposes. Exceptions to this rule cannot be made without official University and Bothell campus approval.

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Waiver of graduation requirements

A request for waiver of Bothell campus or University graduation requirements must be petitioned to the UW Bothell Registrar, who represents the General Faculty Organization at the University of Washington Bothell. Petition forms are available in the program office and should be filed with the application for the degree or as soon as possible after the need arises. A student should see his or her academic advisor to initiate a petition.

An exemption from an all-University graduation requirement, that is granted by the Registrar, becomes void at the end of two calendar years from the date such exemption is granted, if all degree requirements have not been completed within that period.

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Two majors or two degrees

Second baccalaureate degree

A second baccalaureate degree may be granted, but a student must earn a minimum of 45 credits beyond the number required for the first degree. These credits usually must be earned in residence, with the granting of exceptions to the residency rule being the responsibility of the college, school, or campus awarding the degree. The student must achieve no less than a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average in the credits required for the second degree.

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Degrees with two majors

The student's application for a baccalaureate degree, with two majors at the University of Washington Bothell, must show both majors and be approved by the academic advisors of both departments or programs. Both majors appear on the student's transcript.

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Two baccalaureate degrees concurrently

Two baccalaureate degrees, associated with different majors at the University of Washington Bothell, may be granted at the same time. The total number of academic credits earned must reach a minimum of 45 credits in excess of the number required for the first baccalaureate degree.

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Graduation with honors

Baccalaureate honors are awarded upon graduation to undergraduates earning their first bachelor's degree with at least 90 UW credits, of which at least 60 are numerically graded. Correspondence credits do not count as "UW credits.

These honors have nothing to do with whether the students are in either the departmental or college honors program. In addition, students who have earned quarterly and/or annual Dean's List recognition do not necessarily qualify for baccalaureate honors.

All graduates earning baccalaureate honors are given a gold honor cord to wear in the Commencement ceremony. For students graduating in spring, the honors listed in the commencement program, as well as honor cord distribution, are based upon a student's cumulative GPA as of the winter quarter, since spring grades are not available for this determination. Spring classes are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations for honors posted to the student's final record.

The GPA's for baccalaureate honors are set each year for the following year (autumn through summer) by a subcommittee of the Faculty Council on Academic Standards, based on statistics for the current year provided by the Graduation and Academic Records Office. The GPA cutoffs have been different for each of the degree programs.

Faculty honor is awarded upon graduation to undergraduates earning their first bachelor's degree and ranked in the top 10% of their respective program.  Undergraduates must earn a minimum of 70 graded credits at UW Bothell with the exception of BSN students, who must earn a minimum of 43 graded credits.  Undergraduates qualified for baccalaureate honors are not eligible to receive faculty honors.

The GPAs for faculty honors are determined each year for the following year (autumn through summer) by the UW Bothell Registrar's Office, based on statistics for the current year. The GPA cutoffs may be different for each of the degree programs. 

All graduates earning faculty honors are given a purple honor cord to wear in the Commencement ceremony and the honor is listed in the commencement program.  Honor cord distribution is based upon a student's cumulative GPA as of the winter quarter, since spring and summer quarter grades are not available for this determination. However, spring and summer courses are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations for honors and posted to the student's final record.

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Commencement

Formal commencement exercises are conducted at the close of Spring Quarter. During March of each year, commencement information is sent to each student entitled to participate the following June (i.e., those who graduate the previous December or March and those who anticipate graduating in the current June and August).

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Diploma distribution

Diplomas are available 8-10 weeks after the end of the quarter in which they are earned.

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Graduation requirements - graduate level

  1. Total credits required for the degree program must be completed
    • All courses numbered 400-799 that are numerically graded 2.7 and above, or have a grade of Satisfactory or Credit (‘S’ or ‘CR’) count towards the total credits. 499 courses are not counted in the total credits.
    • Courses graded less than 2.7 do not count towards the total credits.
    • At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 500 and above.
    • 18 credits must be numerically graded in department approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major and in 500-level courses. This excludes 499 and transfer credits.
    • No more than 6 graduate level quarter credits can be transferred from other academic institutions to count towards the total credits.
    • No more than 12 UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits can be applied to the total credits.
    • No more than 12 credits derived from any combination of UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits and transfer credits can be applied to the total credits.
    • If a student repeats a non-repeatable class, only one set of credits counts towards the total credits.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.00 is required for a graduate degree at the University
  3. The Master’s Degree Request must be filed according to posted quarterly dates and deadlines.
  4. Must complete all degree requirements within six years
    • The timeframe/clock begins on the first day of the quarter that the Graduate student uses a course to satisfy degree requirements when he/she is coded as either a Graduate Non-matriculated student (department code with class 6) or as a Graduate student (department code with class 8) in the department to which he/she is admitted.
    • UW Graduate Non-matriculated credits used towards the total credits are counted in the six years.
    • Quarters spent On-Leave and out of status are counted in the six years.
  5. Must maintain registration through the end of the quarter in which the degree is conferred or, if eligible, pay the Graduate Registration Waiver Fee.
  6. Thesis track students are required to take a minimum of 9 thesis credits in their total credits.
  7. Thesis track students are required to submit their thesis to the Graduate School. 

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