Advising Cheat Sheet

Credits and Grades

Certificate completion requires a minimum number of 15 credits in the program's core sequence (PUBSCH 594, PUBSCH 595 (or elective equivalent), PUBSCH 602, and PUBSCH 603 . 

Fellows can count no more than 5 credits of coursework taken prior to acceptance to the certificate program and enrolling in PUBSCH 594: Scholarship as Public Practice. Final determination of the applicability of prior coursework towards program completion will be made in consultation with the portfolio advisor at the time of the first portfolio review, in accordance with the goals that the fellow has defined for the portfolio as a whole.

No more than 6 credits taken in the Certificate in Public Scholarship can overlap with requirements in the fellow’s home department. None of those credits can be in core courses in that department.

Criteria for Successful Completion

As with all UW graduate degrees, minimum standards for completion of the certificate are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in required courses and a grade of 2.7 or higher in each course counted toward the certificate. As with M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations, successful completion of the certificate will depend on a positive assessment of the final portfolio and reflection by the Portfolio Advisor and its approval by the Certificate’s Core Faculty. See the Program Completion Checklist for more information.

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