COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All UW Professional & Continuing Education students, including fully online students, must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit a request for medical or religious exemption. 

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Application Deadline

We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, or until the program fills, whichever comes first.

Application Steps

Step 1: Gather the following materials

  • A brief letter (250-word maximum) that describes your relevant experience, transferable skills, knowledge of the field and commitment to professional growth
  • A resume that highlights how your education and any applicable experience fulfill the program’s admission requirements

Step 2: Apply

Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.

After Applying

We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.

The UW requires that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19. You must provide proof of vaccination status or submit a request for an exemption for medical or religious reasons before you can register for classes.


You may qualify for an income-based scholarship for this program. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

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To apply, you must:

  • Have one of the following:
    • A bachelor's degree in any subject, plus two years of work experience in any field
    • An associate degree in any subject, plus four years of work experience in any field
  • Be familiar with authoring tools such as Microsoft Word, including the ability to create a document, add comments, track changes, and format styles and templates
  • Be a strong writer with solid grammar and English language skills, as demonstrated by your application letter


You must possess critical reading skills and be able to read and interpret a variety of documents and resources. 

Time Commitment

Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 7 to 9 hours each week on coursework.

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs.


Classroom students will need:

  • Wi-Fi-equipped laptop to bring to class (Mac or PC) 
  • Microsoft Office 365 (available to students free of charge though the UW Microsoft Student Advantage program) 

 Online students will need: 

  • Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser 
  • Microsoft Office 365 (available to students free of charge though the UW Microsoft Student Advantage program) 
  • High-speed internet connection 
  • Headset 
  • Webcam (recommended). 

Earning the Certificate

You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.

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