Before you apply
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When you submit the Graduate School Application, you will be asked to submit 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.
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 website 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 MA/Ph.D. applicants: The strongest personal statements reveal who the applicant is as a scholar, and they show how our program will help the applicant reach their goal of becoming an expert in their particular area. Competitive applications also show cohesion between the personal statement and the critical writing sample.
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.
- What are you writing and why?
- What are you passionate about reading and why?
- How has who you are and how you came to writing influenced these interests and passions?
Three letters of recommendation are required. They are to be submitted electronically via the online 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/Ph.D and MFA
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.
(Non-native English speakers only) All Programs
All non-native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways listed on the Graduate School’s Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Non-native English speakers interested in a teaching assistantship must also demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways listed on the Graduate School’s Memo 15: Conditions of Appointment for TAs who are not Native Speakers of English.
For applicants using TOEFL as proof of English Language Proficiency:
We do not typically admit applicants with a combined TOEFL score below 100. We do not accept the IELTS.