Many faculty jobs at the University of Washington require a terminal degree, the generally accepted highest degree in a field of study. While a doctorate is the terminal degree in most fields of study, it may differ for other disciplines.

Note that degrees awarded by foreign institutions may have different titles, but could be equivalent to one of these terminal degrees. Check with the appropriate school/college/campus or department to verify which degrees are considered terminal.

Standard Terminal Degrees

  • PhD
  • MD
  • DDS
  • DDM
  • DVM
  • JD
  • MFA
  • MArch

Acceptable Degree Documentation

Some appointments allow for academic personnel hires prior to their terminal degree completion. In those cases, to move to an appointment requiring degree conferral, one of the following types of documentation must be provided:

  • Copy of degree certificate
  • Official transcript with institution seal
  • Formal statement from the university‚Äôs registrar or graduate school with official seal or notary stamp