Application Process

To be considered for admission, you will need to apply to the UW Office of Graduate Admissions via the online application. Further instructions are detailed step-by-step during the online application process, and a SAFS admission process overview can be found HERE.

Our application deadlines are December 15, for both international and domestic applicants. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. We begin mailing admission offers in March, and all applicants will receive notification of an admission decision before April 15th. Please see the application timeline below.

Application Timeline

The usual timeline for the application process is listed below. Please keep in mind that this should be used as a guide only and is subject to change depending upon the operational needs of the Admissions Committee and the School.

  • September 1: the online system opens for applications
  • Take the GRE test no later than 5 weeks before December 15 to ensure your final scores arrive by the application deadline
  • We strongly encourage applicants to use this CV template as part of their application
  • December 15: deadline for domestic and international application submissions
  • December 16 to January 31: the Recruitment, Scholarship, and Admission Committee (RASC) reviews and evaluates all applications
  • February 15: all “admissible” applicant files are released to the full SAFS faculty for their review
    • applicants should check-in with potential faculty advisors about reviewing their application files
    • applicants who are eligible for SAFS fellowships are notified via email of their funding eligibility
    • inadmissible applicants are notified via email
  • March 1 to March 30: admission offers are sent via email
  • March 31: applicants who are “on-hold” pending faculty funding, external funding, or some other contingency are notified of their status via email
  • April 15: applicant deadline to accept or decline an admission offer from SAFS
  • April 16 to August 31: “on-hold” applicants are offered admission or denied depending upon funding outcomes, space availability, and/or other contingencies

Graduate Non-Matriculated Status Application

SAFS may grant Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status to students who meet the minimum criteria outlined below, on a space-available basis.  Applications for GNM status are accepted for Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. GNM application deadlines are listed on the UW Graduate School website. The Chair of the Recruitment, Admissions, and Scholarship Committee (RASC) makes the final determination in granting GNM status for SAFS. Please note that GNM status in no way implies or guarantees subsequent admission to a graduate degree program at SAFS. A separate application process is required for the SAFS Master’s and Doctoral programs.

More information on GNM criteria and registration.

The minimum criteria for GNM status include:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree (i.e., B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the most recent 90 quarter credits, or 60 semester credits, of college work.
  3. GRE scores: The recommended scores for GNM status at SAFS are: 153 on the verbal, 144 on the quantitative, and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing sections of the GRE General Test Subject Tests are not required, but applicants are welcome to report Subject Test scores. Information about GRE testing can be found on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website; please contact ETS directly for testing questions.

Please review the GNM application deadlines before proceeding. The online application, FAQs, registration procedures, and other relevant information are on the UW Continuing Education non-degree enrollment website.

GNM students may register in SAFS courses with permission from the instructor and the SAFS Student Services Office in the Fishery Sciences Building, Room 116. Students must seek out instructors directly to obtain their signature before bringing their registration form to the SAFS Student Services Office. Only courses at the 400- or 500-level are eligible for transfer toward UW graduate degrees. The following courses are not open to GNM students: FISH 522, 600, 700, and 800. Registration in FISH 521 is permitted on a case-by-case basis. All other FISH courses are available to GNM students with instructor and departmental permission (obtained via your registration form) on a space available basis.

Students may transfer up to 12 eligible GNM credits earned at the UW toward a UW graduate degree if they are later admitted. Please see the Transfer Credit section of the UW Graduate School’s website and the Graduate School’s Memorandum #37 for more information about transfer credit eligibility and restrictions.

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