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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. December 15th. 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 only autumn.

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.

Q. Is the GRE Exam required?
A. Yes. We require the General Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing.)
The Subject Exam in biology is recommended, but not required. ETS will keep your GRE scores on file for five years after the test date.

Q. What are your GRE codes?
A. The Institutional Code is 4854.

Q. Is the TOEFL required for international students?
A. Yes. TOEFL requirement is 237 computer-based or 580 paper based. TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

Q. Is the TSE required for international students to be accepted into the program?
A. You do not need to take the TSE until after you are accepted into the program.

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 of approximately $200 per quarter. 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.

For further information about the Ph.D. program please review the Microbiology website.





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