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Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) Admissions

GNM Registration Status

The GNM program permits students to take up to 12 credits of graduate courses or advanced undergraduate courses. The majority of GNM students attend part-time, although full-time enrollment is not prohibited. The advantage of this program is that it allows students to take graduate courses regardless of degree objectives. Students whose academic record falls short of the admission criteria may also be advised to enroll as GNM before applying for regular status.

Aapplicants must hold an undergraduate degree, present official transcripts and have earned a grade point average (GPA) deemed satisfactory by the department, and a statement of purpose to include the following information: Describe why you are interested in bioethics, if and when you are considering applying to the MA program, which classes you are interested in taking and which quarters these classes are offered.  Please also provide a Bioethics & Humanities faculty contact. We expect that you have spoken to that faculty member prior to applying. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and recommendation letters are not required. Qualification for admission is decided quickly. Furthermore, up to 12 credits of appropriate courses taken successfully as a GNM student may be applied to a degree if students are admitted into a degree program at a later date.

International Students Note: Foreign nationals are not eligible for student visas under the GNM program.

Admission into regular status from GNM status requires that students apply for regular admission to the department, which is competitive with all applicants to the program. They should have taken at least three graduate level courses applicable to a the MA degree in Bioethics (400/500 level and above) and attained competitive grades in each course.

Once the status of a GNM student is changed to regular graduate status, all courses suitable for the program taken as a GNM student (no more than 12 credits) will be credited toward the degree. 

GNM Application Procedure

Information about GNM process can be found on the Graduate School website:

The following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

GNM Registration Procedure

  • GNM students on the Seattle campus register for classes through UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) and are not required to maintain continuous registration but lose their GNM status after an absence of four consecutive quarters. Contact PCE Registration Services for information about tuition and additional fees.
  • GNM students participating in the UW or state employee Tuition Exemption Program register for classes in MyUW and must maintain continuous registration (except summer quarter) or lose their GNM status. Information about tuition and additional fees can be found on the Tuition Exemption Program web page.


The deadlines for GNM applications (either on-campus or EDGE) are as follows:

  • We recommend you apply 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the academic quarter.  
Nancy S. Jecker, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies
Email:                 Phone: 206.616.1865

Margaret Mitchell, Graduate Program Advisor
Email:              Phone: 206.221.6548

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