Additional Resources

Incoming Students

Welcome to the UW Bothell MA in Policy Studies!

This page will be updated regularly with important information as we approach the start to Autumn Quarter 2019. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.


Time to Submit your Student Profile! On our Current Students page, we maintain a set of student profiles consisting of a short bio and a digital photo.  These profiles facilitate students' introductions to one another, within and across cohorts, and also help the program faculty get to know you.

Introduce you to your peers and the program by submitting your biographical information and a digital photograph of your choosing!

Submit your Profile and Photo 

Please note: The dropbox for your profile is a UW Google Form.  To submit your profile, you will need to set up your UW Google Suite and log in via your UW NetID.  This lets the Google Form recognize you as a "member" and submit materials.

Set up your G Suite and UW email here

Need help?  See instructions here
Still need help?  Email UW Bothell IT helpdesk or call 425-352-3456.

Listservs: Your cohort will have a dedicated listserv with all of your UW email addresses. This cohort-specific one will be the general means for the Graduate Programs to communicate to you program information, course information, dates and deadlines, and more. If you wish to use this to communicate with your colleagues, you are welcome to do so, however please keep in mind that the Grad Office staff and the Policy Studies Director, Keith Nitta, receive these emails. The first time you send an email to this list your email may be held for moderation causing a delay, but after that first time you should be all set.  

Funding Announcements: We manage an additional email account for funding announcements (see my email). From this email address you’ll receive notifications of funding opportunities both within and outside of UW. You may see scholarships, fellowships, internships, jobs, teaching posts, etc. Some posts may be relevant for you while others may not be so use your own filter. 


For information on how to register, go to the Policy Studies registration page.

UW Immunization Requirements. As a public health measure, the University of Washington requires verification of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Quadrivalent (A,C,Y,W-135) immunity for students matriculating at the UW for the first time. Specific requirements are a function of your age and program. Students must submit proof of immunity in order to enroll in classes on any campus at the UW.  

See details for your specific requirements here. You can submit your documentation online.  Please note that processing can take 3-5 weeks. Act now to ensure that your registration is not delayed. 

U501 Graduate School Orientation

University 501 (U501) is a self-guided, online resource designed for UW graduate and professional students at all three campuses. It is intended to help prepare you for your arrival and entry into graduate study at the University of Washington.

U501 is open to all incoming and current graduate students. U501 is hosted on the Canvas platform and available to UW students with a valid NetID. 

U501 has 5 different modules. Each module is made up of several pages with videos, written content, and links to get more information. You may start and stop the modules at any point and continue where you stopped at any time.

  • Module 1: Welcome! So, What Exactly is Graduate Education?
  • Module 2: Preparing for Arrival (Location, Location, Location)
  • Module 3: Nuts & Bolts of Being a Student
  • Module 4: Finding Support When You Need It
  • Module 5: Taking Care of You

Use your UWNetID to log onto U501 now!

Please contact the IAS Graduate Office at or 425-352-3406 with any questions.