Question: Is this doctoral cohort limited to only Muckleshoot tribal member
Answer: No, this cohort is Tribal/Indigenous based and focused. It is open to tribal members from any tribal community (or non-Tribal/Indigenous individuals who have worked in tribal communities for at least two years), and it is place based meaning the classes will be offered at Muckleshoot Tribal College.
Question: Is this program offered online?
Our program was developed for students to meet in-person and on the Muckleshoot Tribal College campus, one Saturday/Sunday per month. However, the pandemic disrupted this model, slightly. Our current cohorts are meeting virtually, since admission into the program (in June 2020) and shortly after the pandemic hit. Our current students will continue to meet virtually as we continue assessing the state of the pandemic, with potential of meeting in-person if Covid19 cases drop. We also make an effort to request student feedback and preferences, as well.
We will continue to provide updates related to virtual and in-person meeting sessions as we receive them. Note, at this time, we are not able to predict if class sessions will be virtual or in-person for our June 2023 admission cycle.
Question: Is this doctoral program only for those who work in the field of education?
Answer: No, it is open to anyone who is interested in working or learning about areas of Indigenous leadership and community impact. This can be found in diverse areas and professions.
Question: Is this doctoral program limited to those who have received a master’s in an education related field?
Answer: No, this doctoral program is open to anyone who has received an accredited master's degree from any discipline.
Question: Is this program a fully funded program?
Answer: No, you will need to check with your tribal education department to see what costs they're able to cover and to see what their deadline is. There is a list of graduate specific Native American scholarships on our website that may help offset costs.
Question: What is the tuition cost for the program?
Answer: The tuition is broken down by the amount of credits, per quarter, a student registers for. EdD students will register for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter and, the tuition breakdown can be found by clicking on the following link (look under Educational Leadership - EdD): https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/registrar/tuition-rates.
Question: Does this program require the GRE?
Answer: No, we do not require the GRE for our EdD program.
Question: What is the application cost?
Answer: $85.00 non-refundable fee
Question: What does the application process look like?
Answer: The application for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is a 100% online application, where all required documents are uploaded to the digital platform through the University of Washington Graduate School. To learn more about the items required for the online application, click here: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/soe/el/how-apply.
Question: How do I apply?
Answer: You may apply to the EdD Program by visiting the Graduate School website: http://grad.uw.edu/admissions/apply-now/. The online application is now open. You will need to create an online account, if you do not have one, or you may log into your account if you already have one created. Please select 'Education - Tacoma (EdD - Educational Leadership)' as the preferred graduate program.
Question: Is there a deadline for submitting the online application?
Answer: Yes! The early application deadline is August 15, 2022, with a hard deadline of December 31, 2022 for cohort 7.
Question: When will the EdD Program begin?
Answer: The EdD Program begins each new cycle in the summer quarter of the admission year. The next cohort will begin Summer 2023, in June. The early application deadline is August 15, 2022, with a hard deadline of December 31, 2022.
Question: Can I waive, transfer, or substitute course credits?
Answer: It is appreciated that many students have prior graduate coursework. It is also recognized that students may have gained expertise by nature of their professional employment. In general, students are expected to take required courses, and bring whatever knowledge they have gained into the group learning experience.
Coursework credits may not be transferred or applied towards a University of Washington (UW) doctoral degree.
Exception to policy:
Qualified doctoral students accompanying a new UW faculty hire may apply credits from a previous, regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or its equivalent from a foreign institution, toward UW doctoral degree requirements. These credits are not cited on the UW transcript.
Additionally, only the following UW Graduate School doctoral degree requirements may be waived if appropriate:
18 credits of 500-level and above coursework
18 numerically graded credits of 400- and 500-level coursework
total credits required for the doctoral degree (total credits will be reduced by the number of approved transfer credits)
Note: Prior to extending an offer of admission, the graduate program is required to request pre-approval from the GEMS Director for the above exceptions. It is a best practice to consult the Graduate School regarding students accompanying new faculty hires prior to students submitting UW applications of admission.
Question: What if I can't access my (Un)Official Transcripts due to the current COVID-19 pandemic?
Once admitted, the academic department will select at least one degree, bachelor’s (four-year) or higher, to be verified by the Graduate School. Students are required to submit an official transcript through one of the delivery methods listed below. Transcripts uploaded to the online application by the applicant or the academic department are not considered official. For more information about your transcripts, delivery methods, and what to do if you cannot submit your transcripts, please visit the Graduate School's Official Transcript Requirements page.
Final official transcripts must contain the following information:
Completion of all coursework with grades or marks issued for each year of study
Degree earned and date the degree was conferred
If your institution does not print the conferral date on your transcript, a degree statement, diploma, or other document with the conferral date will also be required.
Official stamp, seal, and/or embossed marking from the school
Transcripts and degree documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with an official English translation (translated by a university, government official/organization, or a certified translation service, example: American Translators Association