Application Instructions

Students are admitted beginning Autumn Quarter only, with an application deadline of December 1. The Genome Sciences Admissions Committee reviews applications during December and January and invites finalists for admission to visit the department during February.

Because delays can happen - a recommender may forget to submit a letter, etc - we strongly encourage you to submit your application well in advance of the December 1 deadline. Waiting until the deadline or the day immediately prior to submit your application leaves little time to resolve unforseen problems.

You may want to check your online application to make sure all recommendation letters have been received and contact your recommenders if, shortly before the deadline, these have not been sent. Although we will be checking all components of your application and will do our best to notify you if any items are missing, we typically receive ~ 200 applications during the week before the deadline, and it takes a significant amount of time to go through all of these.

Admission is quite competitive, however, those applicants selected to join the program will receive full funding, including a tuition waiver (which covers all tuition except for student fees, generally about $316 per quarter including the cost of a bus pass), health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses (currently $32,568 per year). We offer this same funding package to US and international students.

Please note that because much of our funding comes from NIH grants applicable only to US citizens and permanent residents, we typically accept only one or two new international students each year. International applicants who have their own funding source should clearly state this , preferably as part of your personal statement.

Application Questions: We encourage you to read through the Frequently Asked Questions section before submitting your application. This will answer many of your questions.
You are welcome to contact Brian Giebel in the Department of Genome Sciences with any questions: bgiebel [ a t ] u.washington.edu , (206) 616-7297. Please direct questions to Brian rather than to the UW Graduate Admissions office.

All application materials may now be submitted online. The Department of Genome Sciences does not need hard copies of any items you submit online. This is worth repeating: we do not need hard copies of any of your application materials. Please do not send these.