Application Materials

Before you apply

Gather the materials below and convert them to PDF format. You'll submit the PDF in the on-line application.

Graduate School Application

All Programs

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.

Transcripts

All Programs

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:

Graduate Record Examination

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:

If you have any questions about the GRE you may contact ETS via email at gre-info@ets.org. Applicants should check with the English Graduate Office to make sure scores are received by the January deadline.

Statement of Purpose

All Programs

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.

Letters of Recommendation

All Programs

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.

Critical Writing Sample

MA, MAT, 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.

Creative Writing Sample

MFA only

A creative writing sample is required for the MFA application. Poets should send 6-10 poems; prose writers should send 10-30 pages in story or novel form.

Teaching Assistantship/Fellowship Application

(Optional) All Programs

Applicants can indicate if they would like to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship or Fellowship via the on-line application. See the Financial Support page for more information about teaching assistantships.

Test of English as a Foreign Language

(International Applicants only) All Programs

For current test dates and the latest information visit the TOEFL Web Site or write to:

If you have any questions about the TOEFL you may contact ETS via email at toefl@ets.org.

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