How to Apply

Graduate Admissions Timeline

Applications to the PhD, MS, and MPH programs are reviewed once a year for entry to the following Autumn quarter. Key dates include:

  • December 3: Application and all supporting materials are due 
  • December - February: Committee reviews applications
  • February - March: Admission decisions are sent
  • April 15th: Deadline to accept offers of admission

Applicants to the concurrent Master of Public Administration or concurrent Master of Urban Planning degrees must submit separate applications to those programs and follow their application deadlines.

Applicants to the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Medicine must first have been accepted into the Residency/Fellowship program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (deadline to apply is October 31). Please refer to the Residency/Fellowship How to Apply page.

International Applicants should first review the Graduate School’s International Applicant Information page.

Graduate Admissions Requirements & Application Materials

The UW Graduate School has minimum admission requirements for all applicants seeking graduate degrees. All prospective graduate students submit their applications online via the Graduate School. Please read through the Admissions FAQs before starting your online application. Applicants with questions about the online application system should contact the Graduate School: uwgrad@uw.edu, 206-685-2630

Application Materials

1) UW APPLICATION FEE: An $85 application fee is required when submitting the online application. A limited number of need-based fee waivers are available from the Graduate School, see their Admissions FAQs page for more information. Applicants to a concurrent degree program (MS/MPA, MPH/MPA, or MPH/MUP) must submit two separate applications, and pay two application fees. If you would like to be considered for more than one DEOHS degree, you will only submit one application. One of the questions on the Departmental Supplemental Application asks if you would like to be considered for more than one degree.

2) UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: PDFs of unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended are required. If you are accepted and enroll, the UW Graduate School will request official transcripts from you at the time you accept the offer of admission.  Your transcripts should show completion or projected completion of the following minimum degree and prerequisite requirements:

Degree: Applicants to the PhD, MS, MPH in One Health and MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health should have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Applicants to the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Medicine must have an MD, DO, or PhD degree.

Prerequisites: Successful applicants will be prepared to take required courses in environmental toxicology and exposure science, which assume a strong knowledge of the topics covered in the required coursework described below.  An applicant deficient in one or more areas may be required to remedy the deficiency before beginning the program.

For All MS & PhD Options:

Biology: One year of biology
Chemistry: One year of general chemistry and two quarters (one semester) of organic chemistry. One quarter of physical chemistry or quantitative chemistry is desirable.
Mathematics: One quarter of differential and integral calculus. Additional calculus is desirable.
Physics: One year of algebra based physics, covering mechanics, electromagnetism, oscillatory motion, and waves.

For MPH in One Health and MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health:

Biology: Coursework covering basic concepts from general biology including biodiversity of life forms, ecology, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure, animal development and physiology.
Chemistry: Coursework covering basic concepts from general and organic chemistry including chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, organic compounds, functional groups, and stereochemistry.
Quantitative Analysis: Coursework covering basic concepts from elementary statistics including data description, study design, screening, estimation hypothesis testing, categorical data analysis, and regression.

Grade Point Average (GPA): The University of Washington Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years (90 credits) of study. Applicants with exceptional strengths in other areas with a GPA below 3.0 may still be considered if their overall application is extremely strong.

3) GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE): All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores with the exception of applicants holding a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from an accredited U.S. institution.  Applicants will submit their GRE scores through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for the University of Washington is 4854. Competitive applicants usually have Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 65th percentile, but the application review is holistic and the complete record of accomplishments will be considered.

4) ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS: Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency with the English language. The most common way to fulfill this requirement is to submit official TOEFL scores. The institution code for submitting TOEFL scores to the University of Washington is 4854. Additional ways to fulfill the English language proficiency requirement are outlined on the UW Graduate School website.

5) RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE: A brief description of your professional experience, honors awarded or scholarships, special skills, publications and research presentations.

6) ACADEMIC STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Your statement is your voice and your introduction to the Admissions Committee. A well written goal statement should convey your reasons for pursuing graduate work in environmental and occupational health sciences, your research interests, faculty who you would like to work with, and how this degree fits into your academic and career goals.  Review the Student Research page to learn about the recent projects students have completed as well the faculty who mentored those projects.

7) PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT: Students who have varied cultural experiences and educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of our department. We therefore invite you to discuss cultural and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages you have overcome, and the ways in which these experiences have affected your life and education.

8) LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Three letters of reference are required. Choose people who are familiar with your academic goals and who can speak to your potential for achieving those goals. You will provide the name and email address of your recommenders in the online application.  Your recommenders will then be sent instructions for submitting their letter online. Note that many email accounts filter out messages from computer systems such as these. Encourage your recommenders to monitor their spam inbox as to not miss the instructions for letter submission.