Before you apply
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When you submit the Graduate School Application, you will be asked to furnish personal information such as your address, citizenship status, and other identification information; degree sought; specific areas of interest; colleges and universities attended; test scores and dates. Apply on-line here.
One copy of transcripts from each college or university attended, reflecting all graduate and undergraduate coursework, is required of all applicants. This copy will be considered "unofficial," but will suffice for application purposes.
Upon admission, you will be asked to submit official transcripts (a transcript in a sealed envelope bearing the Registrar's seal) from each of your degree-granting institution(s). Transcripts must be mailed directly to:
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
G1 - Communications, Box 353770, 4109 Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195-3770
General GRE: All Programs
The school code for the University of Washington is 4854. For current test dates and the latest information about paper and computer-based tests, visit the GRE Web Site or write to:
Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
If you have any questions about the GRE you may contact ETS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should check with the English Graduate Office to make sure scores are received by the application deadline.
The statement of purpose is generally between one and two pages long. It indicates some of the intellectual training and background of prospective students, their fields of interest in future English graduate studies, how the program and faculty at the University of Washington is suited to their needs, and what they would hope to bring to the program.
For MATESOL applicants: The statement of purpose should include information on relevant experience, familiarity with, a commitment to, and the relation of career goals to the field of TESOL, as well as a candidate's academic potential and teaching ability.
For MFA applicants: Please address the questions below in your Statement of Purpose. Keep in mind that there are many ways to answer these questions. The committee is not looking for a particular response, but rather a personal reflection on the link between your background and your work as an artist.
Three letters of recommendation are required. They are to be submitted electronically via the on-line application.
For MATESOL applicants: The letters of recommendation should include information on relevant experience, familiarity with, a commitment to, and the relation of career goals to the field of TESOL, as well as a candidate's academic potential and teaching ability.
MA, MFA, and PhD
The Critical Writing Sample should be a 15-20 page paper representing the applicant's best writing, often a revised essay from an undergraduate course or part of a senior project. It is ideal if the paper takes up works or issues identified as areas of interest in the personal statement.
A creative writing sample is required for the MFA application. Poets should send 6-10 poems; prose writers should send 10-30 pages of short stories, memoir, personal essays, or a novel.
(Optional) All Programs
Applicants can indicate if they would like to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship or Fellowship via the on-line application.
(Non-native English speakers only) All Programs
For current test dates and the latest information visit the TOEFL Web Site or write to:
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541
If you have any questions about the TOEFL you may contact ETS via email at email@example.com.