Admission Requirements

Welcome as we look forward to working with you! Carefully review all sections below in preparation of admissions and submission of necessary materials.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Prepare the following materials

  • Professional resume
  • Personal statement (250 word max) describing relevant work and volunteer experience as well as transferable skills, knowledge within the field, and commitment to professional growth.


Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:

Graduate Nonmatriculated Status (GNM)

Academic credits will be earned for participation in this program; these credits may be applied to a matriculated degree program. Because policies vary, it is recommended to check with your intended degree program before registering for a credit course to make sure the credits will apply. To earn credit that may be later applied toward a graduate degree at the University of Washington, please apply for graduate nonmatriculated status before registering for the Native Education Certificate Program courses.

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they are received. Applications will be accepted until the program closes or is full.

Application Process

All applicants will be contacted following the review process to confirm acceptance in the program, or details of next steps for placement on the wait list.
If accepted, welcoming details will be sent about the course and information on paying the course fee, due four weeks before the first class.

Earning the Certificate

The certificate is earned by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.

Related Resources

Technology Requirements

You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.

English Proficiency

If a non-English speaker, you will need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.

International Students

To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.