Some of our students choose to use a portion of their electives towards a certificate program as they can be a great compliment to a Marine & Environmental Affairs degree. Below are some common certificates that SMEA students choose to pair with their MMA:
All of these certificates can fit into the two year time span that students typically take to complete their degree, but some may require more strategic planning than others. Contact the certificate program to inquire about the timeline and how certificate requirements can be incorporated into your SMEA curriculum.
Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs
At the University of Washington the term “concurrent degree program” is used when a graduate student is admitted and enrolled into two graduate degrees at the same time. There are two methods in which one can matriculate into concurrent degrees:
Apply to two separate degree programs at the same time, become admitted to, and then enroll in both.
Apply to and enroll in one degree program, then apply to and enroll in a second program while a current matriculated student.
Applying to more than one degree requires two separate applications, including the payment of two separate application fees, however GRE scores need only be sent to the university once. In order to enroll in concurrent degrees applicants must have indicated on both applications that they were applying as a concurrent degree student.
Concurrent degrees are an excellent way to complete two degrees in a coordinated way that will reduce the time and resources it would have taken to complete the degrees separately. All program and Graduate School minimum requirements must be met by appropriate graduate courses. The UW requires that concurrent students have a minimum of 36 unique credits in each degree program, for a minimum of 72 credits total. In most cases, additional credits are necessary in order to complete all degree requirements, however electives can, in some cases, be counted towards both degrees. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a written list of courses which apply toward the graduate degree at the time the student applies for graduation and this list must be approved by both programs.
SMEA’s most common concurrent degree programs include: