Application FAQ

For general information about applying to a University of Washington graduate program, see the UW Graduate School's Admissions FAQs.

I am an International applicant. Where can I find more information?

Please review the UW Graduate School's International Applicant Information.

What language tests do you accept?

We accept the TOEFL exam, but not the IELTS. For more information, please review Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements and Memo 15: Conditions of Appointment for TAs who are not Native Speakers of English.

Do I need GRE General Test and Subject Test scores when I apply?

You only need the GRE General Test scores. The Subject Test is not required.

Is there a cut-off score for the GRE?

No. However, successful applicants usually have a verbal score in the 70th-90th percentile. We do not place emphasis on the math score.

Do my letters of recommendation have to be from college professors?

The most useful letters of recommendation come from college professors familiar with your work as a student. Letters from employers may be helpful if your work was directly related to writing or teaching.

Is there a foreign language requirement?

Each program has a different requirement (see program requirements), to be completed before graduation. You do not have to satisfy the language requirement before you apply.

If I am accepted, can I defer my entrance into the program?

Occasionally, under special circumstances, students who are admitted for Autumn quarter may defer their entry until Winter or Spring quarter. It is not possible to defer entry until the following Autumn, and there are no rolling admissions.

Can I transfer credits from another graduate school to the Ph.D. program?

Up to 10 credits from a related MA degree at another graduate school may be counted toward the 65 required Ph.D. credits upon approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.

I am interested in obtaining an MA in English Language & Literature. Can I apply to the MA/Ph.D. program?

Our MA is not designed to be a terminal degree. It is intended to be a pathway to our Ph.D. program. Applicants interested in a terminal MA degree should not apply to the MA program at this time.

I am interested in the MA/Ph.D. program, but I see there is an application for both the MA and Ph.D. program. Which one should I choose?

Applicants to the MA/Ph.D. program should apply using the English Language & Literature (PhD) application.

How large are the graduate seminars?

Seminar courses range from 4-10 students, with average class size at 6-8 students.