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 Applied Mathematics 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:

  • Ph.D. Program
  • M.S. On-Campus Program
  • M.S. Online Program
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. 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. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should only send official documents if made an offer of admission. Materials should be sent to the Graduate School, not the department.

Steps specified by Applied Mathematics (MS online, MS on-campus, and Ph.D.)

  • Submit Unofficial Transcript
  • Submit Statement of Purpose
  • Submit Resume or CV
  • Self Report GRE Scores
  • Designate Recommendations
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Self-Report English language proficiency scores (please see Memorandum #8).

For MS on-campus and PhD students only:

  • Submit Assistantship and Fellowship Application

For PhD Only:

  • Self report GRE Subject scores (optional, but encouraged)

Steps specified by The Graduate School

  • Submit Official Transcripts
  • Submit Official GRE scores: use 4854 (University of Washington) under Score Report Recipients and 0702 for the department code.
  • (IF APPLICABLE): Submit official English language proficiency scores
  • Print Application
  • Pay Fee and Submit Application as directed

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

Deadlines for On-Campus M.S. and Ph.D.

International Applicants:  January 15th of the year of admission Domestic Applicants: January 15th of the year of admission

Online M.S. 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.