Policies and Procedures

Degree Completion

The following requirements must be met and actions completed in the quarter that you plan to graduate.

Apply for the Master's Degree

Students must apply for the master's degree by the relevant deadline in the quarter they plan to graduate, and should select the non-thesis option.  

Request the Master's Degree

All degree requirements must be met prior to the end of the final quarter of study if the application is to be approved. In addition, registration must be maintained for the entire quarter in which application for the degree is made. A student who does not complete all degree requirements by the last day of the quarter must be registered for the following quarter.

Note: the Graduate Registration Waiver Fee is not applicable to Policy Studies  students.

Archiving your Capstone

The UW Libraries ResearchWorks Archive maintains an institutional repository of all Policy Studies capstone manuscripts completed in satisfaction of the Master of Arts in Policy Studies.  This archive allows your capstone research to be available to future researchers and inform ongoing policy research and debate. 

Once your capstone has been approved, please submit a clean, copy-edited copy in pdf format, together with a signed license that allows the library to preserve and share your research.  You retain copyright to your research and the ability to publish it elsewhere.

Submit your Capstone Manuscript and License for Archiving  (UWNetID required)

Time Limit for Completion of Master's Degree

All work for the master's degree must be completed within six years. This limit includes On-Leave quarters and transfer credits.

Degree Completion Requirements

Required Courses 

BPOLST 510 – Statistics Fundamental (5 credits)
BPOLST 511 – Policy Process and Analysis (5 credits)
BPOLST 502 – Statistics for Policy Studies (5 credits)
BPOLST 513 – Practicum for Policy Studies (5 credits)
BPOLST 504 – Management and Program Evaluation (5 credits)
BPOLST 594 – Research Design (5 credits) or petitioned research alternative
BPOLST 515 – Capstone (8 credits)
BPOLST 509 - Proseminar (5 credits over 4 quarters)

  • Total number of core course credits: 48

Elective Courses 

  • Minimum number of elective credits: 5
  • Petition for outside coursework required for any non‐BPOLST elective

Other Requirements

  • Final Capstone Manuscript
    Summer Quarter