Application Process

To be considered for admission, you will need to apply to the UW Office of Graduate Admissions via the online applicationOur 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 communication about an admission decision before April 15th. 

Please note the GRE is not required for application to our program.

Prospective Applicant Tips

  1. Watch this video (transcript)
    see also a short video on tips for Contacting Faculty
  2. Review faculty profiles and reach out to them about working in their lab.
  3. Reach out to current graduate students about what life is like in our graduate program. 
  4. Reach out to the Graduate Program Advisor, at or (206) 616-5893. 

Graduate Non-Matriculated Status Application

If you want to take graduate-level coursework through SAFS but have not been admitted into the SAFS graduate program, 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.

Please visit the GNM criteria and registration website for more information.


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