How to apply

Graduate admissions timeline, requirements and application materials


September 1

Online application opens


December 1

Application and all
supporting materials due


December - February

Committee reviews applications


February - March

Admission decisions sent, Admitted Student Visit Day


April 15

Deadline to accept offers
of admission

Graduate admissions requirements

Thank you for your interest in applying for our graduate degree programs. We look forward to reviewing your application materials! 

The DEOHS Admissions Committee reviews applications for our PhD, MS, MS Applied and MPH programs once a year for entry the following fall. Please read more about each degree option on our Graduate Degrees page.

Prospective graduate students submit their applications online through the UW Graduate School. The application opens on September 1st, and closes on December 1st.

General instructions

Application materials

1) UW application fee

An $85 application fee is required. A limited number of need-based fee waivers are available from the Graduate School. Applicants to concurrent degree programs (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 only need to submit one application and indicate your interest on the Departmental Supplemental Application.

2) Three letters of reference

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 letters online. Note that many email accounts filter out messages from computer systems such as these. Encourage your recommenders to monitor their spam inbox so they don't miss the instructions for letter submission.

3) Resume or curriculum vitae

A brief description of your professional experience, honors awarded or scholarships, special skills, publications and research presentations.

4) Unofficial transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended are required (in PDF format). If you are accepted and enroll, the UW Graduate School will request official transcripts from you when 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, MS Applied and MPH degree programs 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.

  • Grade point average (GPA): The UW 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.

  • Prerequisites: All MS, MPH and PhD degrees require foundational understanding in the areas below, typically through having taken one or more courses. Applicants who have not taken coursework in these areas may be able to demonstrate competency through professional or other experience. Alternatively, coursework may be completed after admission, before starting the program. 

    • General biology (biodiversity of life forms, ecology, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure, animal development and physiology)
    • General chemistry (chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding)
    • Organic chemistry (organic compounds, functional groups, aromaticity and stereochemistry)
    • Advanced algebra, precalculus or calculus (students who have not taken calculus should be ready to work with calculus-level concepts)

Applicants who are unsure of whether they meet the prerequisites are invited to contact an adviser.

5) 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. The Graduate School has made temporary changes to English Proficiency admissions policies to assist students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review this page for up-to-date information.

6) Ranked faculty list

You will be asked to provide the names of three to five DEOHS faculty whose research interests you and with whom you would want to complete your graduate work. Before you add faculty to your ranked list, please look at the "mentorship" tab of their faculty profile to ensure they are taking on new students for your degree category in autumn 2021. On their faculty page, you will find a list of student research projects recently mentored by that faculty member.

7) Academic statement of purpose (max 500 words)

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 members with whom you would like to work and how this degree fits into your academic and career goals. Review our Student Research page to learn about recent projects DEOHS students have completed as well the faculty who mentored those projects.

8) Personal history statement (max 500 words)

Students who have varied cultural experiences and educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of our department. We 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.