Reinstatement to the Graduate School

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A matriculated student previously registered in the Graduate School who has failed to maintain graduate student status (on-leave status or registration) but who wishes to resume studies in their previous graduate program must submit a reinstatement request to the Graduate School. Students approved to reinstatement must pay a $250 reinstatement fee to process their reinstatement and return to active student status.

Reinstatement Eligibility

  • Must be an inactive matriculated graduate student wishing to return to their previous degree program. Non-matriculated, undergraduate, or active graduate students are not eligible for reinstatement.
  • Must have been registered for at least one quarter of graduate study at UW.
  • Must have approval from the graduate program to reinstate.
  • Must satisfy any additional graduate program policies pertaining to reinstatement.
  • International students must have confirmation from the International Student Services office that an I-20 can be issued in time to meet registration deadlines.
  • Original admission date was less than six years ago (for master’s students) or ten years ago (for PhD students). The Graduate School normally allows six years to complete requirements for a master’s degree and ten years for a doctoral degree. Periods spent on-leave or out of status are included.

Student who do not meet these requirements are not eligible for reinstatement without a petition from their graduate program. Ineligible students should instead submit a new application for admission after consulting with their graduate program. Please note that students who meet reinstatement requirements but instead submit a new application for admission will have their application fee refunded and be assessed the $250 Reinstatement Fee.

For questions regarding on-leave status, please contact your graduate program advisor or Graduate Enrollment Management Services at or 206-685-2630.