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Admission and FAQs

UW Microbiology

Admission and FAQs

Preparation for admission to the Graduate Program

The Department of Microbiology strongly recommends that undergraduate preparation include courses in biochemistry, physics, general and organic chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, and cell biology.  It’s important that prospective students seek opportunities to carry out undergraduate research. Selection is based on the evaluation of a student's undergraduate record for indications of the ability to excel in independent and creative research. Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate or advanced degree by the time of matriculation.

How to apply:

Deadline: December 1st for domestic and international applicants. Interviews are by invitation only and are normally held in late January/early February.

Apply Online: Review the information before starting the application process. The UW Graduate School’s application fee is paid online using MasterCard or Visa credit or debit cards. Apply online here.

Tips While Applying Online:

  • Graduate Record Exam: The GRE is no longer required. It will not be considered in the admissions process.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo: International applicants only.
     Please note the English languate proficiency requirements for the UW Graduate School. When sending scores use Institution Code 4854. Scores are valid for two years.
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcript(s) are to be uploaded into the provided space. Do not send hard copy transcripts. Official transcripts will be required of those admitted to the University of Washington.
  • Resume: Include your educational background, course work in progress, work experience, honors, internships, awards and prizes, and papers that you have co-authored, if any.
  • Short Answer Questions: We are requesting that applicants respond to specific prompts rather than submit a personal statement so that we may assess an applicants research interests and fit for our program.
  • Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation: Limit of 3 letters. When you list your references, they are automatically sent instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation, and an evaluation. Be sure that the email addresses are correct.
  • The review is done online: Please do not send physical application materials.
  • International Applicants: please review important information here

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. December 1st. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by our Admissions Committee. It is recommended that international applicants apply by November 1st.

Q. Do you offer admittance more than once a year?
A. No. We accept students for an Autumn Quarter start date on an annual cycle .

Q. Can I apply to more than one program or department at the University of Washington at the same time? 
A. Yes. However, you must submit a separate application and pay an additional fee for each program to which you apply.

Q. Do you offer a Masters Degree Program?
A. No. Our program is designed for those seeking a Ph.D. degree.

Q. Is it recommended that I contact individual professors to request their support of my application?
A. No. Our first year students are required to complete three laboratory rotations before choosing a permanent lab. You do not need to establish a supervisor to submit your application.

Q. Is the GRE Exam required?
A. No. 

Q. Is funding available?
A. Yes. Typically, microbiology graduate students are supported by research or teaching assistantships. These positions provide a monthly stipend for living expenses, tuition waiver, and health benefits. Students are responsible for paying a student activity fee quarterly. Note: Students are encouraged to apply for training grants and fellowships (often international students are not eligible). Foreign applicants are advised that financial assistance in the form of a teaching assistantship cannot be awarded unless the applicant has scored above 580 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Q. Can I be a part-time student?
A. No. We do not accept students on a part-time basis.

Q. Do you have application fee waivers?
A. Fee waivers are available through the Graduate School for students on a needs basis. Please see the UW Grad School Website for more information.