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SAFS offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Science, which requires the preparation of a thesis, and the Doctor of Philosophy, which requires completion of a dissertation. Students who do not hold an M.S. at the time of matriculation will only be admitted to the Master’s program. The completion of a Master's Degree is required before students can begin the Doctoral Degree program. In exceptional cases, the student may petition the School to bypass the Master's Degree and move on to the Doctoral Degree program, but only after completing at least one year of study in the Master’s program and satisfying all of the applicable M.S. degree requirements (except for the thesis). The procedures and requirements necessary to accomplish this are outlined in the Doctoral Degree program section of this website.

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Program requirements

Below is a summary of the SAFS Master’s degree requirements for quick reference, but students should read all of the requirements on this webpage for further details.Within six years, complete all degree requirements, including 45 total credits toward the Master’s degree (eligible transfer credits can be included)Complete the Core and Additional Course requirements detailed in the sections belowEarn 27 non-thesis course credits (i.e., not from FISH 700)Earn 18 credits at the 500-level or higher (9 of which can come from FISH 700)Earn 18 credits of numerically graded coursework with at least a 2.7 gradeEarn at least 18 credits of FISH 700Make satisfactory progress on degree milestones and other requirements; students should review the Timeline for Master's StudentsMaintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0

The School has endowments that provide a limited number of fellowships for both entering and continuing students. All students who apply to the School are automatically considered for entering fellowships. Fellowships for continuing students are competitive and applications are reviewed annually by the School’s Recruitment, Admissions and Scholarships Committee (RASC) during Winter Quarter. Awards are generally in the form of fellowships (equivalent to a 50% Research Assistantship in terms of stipend/salary, health insurance benefits, and tuition waiver [i.e., Operating and Technology Fees are waived]). Students may also request a scholarship (i.e., no stipend/salary) to be used for tuition assistance. Awards range from small grants to larger awards, and are based on academic scholarship, satisfactory progress, career achievement, and available resources. Funding applications for continuing students must be submitted to the SAFS Student Services Office at least two weeks prior to the meeting of the RASC at which applications are to be reviewed. Generally, applications are due March 1 and the RASC meets in mid-March, but this is subject to change.

Accreditation

The University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Individual schools and colleges are members of the various accrediting association in their respective fields. Currently enrolled or prospective students should contact the Office of the Registrar to review accreditation documents for the University and the respective departments to review programmatic accreditation documents.

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