UW Graduate School

Memo 38: Graduate Level Extension Courses

Graduate degree-granting units may, with Graduate School approval, offer 500-level extension credit courses when there is a clear demand for such courses. In this context “extension course” means a complete section or part of a section in which students are enrolled through UW Continuum College or the unit office of continuing education, beyond the state enrollment contract, and pay fees designed to recover the costs of serving them.

Graduate extension credit courses must be equivalent in quality to the unit’s regular graduate course offerings. They must, therefore, meet all of the following conditions:

  • The instructor must be a member of the graduate faculty or qualified for graduate faculty status.
  • The instructor must receive at least his or her normal compensation and offer the course without long-term expansion of his or her regular teaching load.
  • All students seeking enrollment in the course must be evaluated by the graduate faculty in the unit for qualifications to perform graduate-level work satisfactorily. Enrollment is limited to admitted graduate students and nonmatriculated students who meet the conditions given in Memorandum 37, Enrollment of Nonmatriculated Students in Graduate Courses.
  • Credit earned in graduate extension courses is applicable toward degree requirements without limit for admitted graduate students. For nonmatriculated students, it is applicable under the same restrictions as credit earned in regular graduate courses (see Memorandum 37) and contributes to the total of 18 credits for which such students are allowed to register.
  • If extension credit sections of a course are attached to a regular graduate course, the extension students enrolled must pay at least the level of fees charged to state-supported students.

Graduate courses offered for extension credit must must follow the regular UW course and course prefix approval process. This includes curricular review by the appropriate school, college, or campus and final approval by the UW Curriculum Committee. The Graduate School will review and endorse proposed courses and prefixes as part of the course approval workflow.

Nonmatriculated students enrolled in extension courses must be included in the annual report to the Graduate School described in Memorandum 37.

Revised: September, 1985; process updates 2021