Admission Information

Why Study Applied Mathematics?

Faculty and students at the University of Washington Applied Math Department are exploring applications in the fields of neuroscience, medical imaging, evolutionary biology, mathematical ecology, oceanography, physics and economics, among others using computational and analytical methods. Whatever current scientific area is of interests to you, applied mathematics offers you the tools to use the mathematical framework underlying that area to better our understanding of specific problems.

Our students graduate with the knowledge, the experience, and the ability to be leaders in a society that exhibits increasing demands for competence in communication, computation, and quantitative analysis. Applied mathematics encompasses some of the most diverse and interdisciplinary research in the physical, engineering, and biological sciences, which is what is needed in order to address the problems that we face today and in our future.

Why Study AMATH at The University of Washington?

At the University of Washington, AMATH graduate students find a culture of excellence and respect within a warm, collegial atmosphere that encourages exceptional research. PhD Students engage with faculty one-on-one in pursuing their research interests. We offer a broad curriculum of graduate courses in applied mathematics to provide students with the tools they need to succeed, and we offer different degree options tailored to our student’s academic goals:

PhD program
M.S. On-campus Program
M.S. Online Program
Interdisciplinary PhD in Computational Molecular Biology

Most importantly, our faculty create an open atmosphere while striving to expand their research and publication goals. In fact, our faculty members have written many textbooks that are widely used here and at other institutions, and we have been ranked 4th in the nation in applied mathematics by the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (2007). The University itself is ranked 16th in the world, according to the ARWU. For more information about research statistics of the UW, please click here.

Equally important, the city of Seattle provides all services and entertainment options that should be expected from an international metropolis. In addition, the Pacific Northwest provides unequaled possibilities in terms of access and scenic beauty, for those interested in hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering.

How Do I Apply?

You can begin your application for the Graduate Degree Programs Online through the UW Graduate School Website. The online application lets you know what materials you need to submit, and allows you to save your information before submitting.

Required Application Materials

  • Submit Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • Submit Statement of Purpose
  • Submit Resume or CV
  • Self-report GRE General Scores and request ETS send scores using code 4854
  • Designate Recommendations (3)
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Self-report English Language Proficiency Scores (please see Memorandum #8). Request ETS send scores using code 4854.
  • Pay Fee and Submit Application

For MS on-campus and PhD students only:

  • Submit Assistantship and Fellowship Application

For PhD Only:

  • Self-report GRE Subject scores (optional, but encouraged); request ETS send scores using code 4854

For international applicants:

  • Further application materials may be required for international applicants. Please check the graduate school for details.

PLEASE NOTE: No hard-copy application materials should be mailed to the department. If an offer of admission is made and accepted, the application status page will then indicate which materials should be mailed. Those materials should be sent to the Graduate School, not the department.

Deadlines for On-Campus MS and PhD:

International Applicants January 16th of the year of admission
Domestic Applicants January 16th of the year of admission

Online MS Students:

Online degree seeking students are welcome to apply for admission for fall, winter or spring quarter. Please see here for deadlines and details

Graduate Non-matriculated Students:

Graduate Non-matriculated (GNM) status provides access to graduate courses for those who are not currently seeking a graduate degree, but who may later want to apply these credits (up to 12) toward one of our graduate degree programs. A bachelor’s degree and 3.0 GPA in your last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours are required to apply for GNM status. More information on this status is available through the Graduate School page on GNM applications.

For more information:

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