QERM: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program


Thank you for your interest in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at the University of Washington.

The Application Process

Our current admissions cycle is for Autumn Quarter 2016, and we begin accepting applications after September 1, 2015. The application submission deadlines are:

  • Domestic and International Applications - December 15, 2015

Applications are reviewed mid-January by the QERM Admissions Committee. After a thorough review, several applicants are extended an invitation to interview with the program in early February. The interview typically takes one day and the program will arrange for you to meet with the program director, several faculty members and current students. The program may, depending on available funding, pay for air transportation. Arrangements will be made for applicants to stay with a student currently in the program. Offers of admission are typically made in early March, after meeting with all applicants invited to interview.

Before starting the application process you may want to review the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) compiled by the QERM faculty and administrative staff. You may also want to check out the FAQ's for applicants posted the current QERM students and posted on the QERM Wikipedia site.

How to Apply

Apply online for Admission to the Graduate School.

Applicants must meet the requirements of both the Graduate School and the QERM graduate program, which include a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the junior and senior years of college work, acceptable scores on the general test of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, and approval of the QERM program.

Additional Information:

University of Washington Graduate Admissions

QERM Admissions Criteria

QERM Application Procedure

Online Application Site


QERM provides a first-year funding package consisting of a monthly stipend, tuition waiver and graduate appointee health insurance. After the first year, students are responsible for securing their own funding, typically through a research or teaching assistantship on-campus.

Because the number of first-year funded positions in QERM is limited (typically 2-3 per year), applicants are encouraged to also consider applying for their own research funding through the National Science Foundation or the Environmental Protection Agency. Information on how to apply for research funding can be found at:

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Environmental Protection Agency - Fellowships, National Center for Environmental Research


If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact Erica Owens, QERM Graduate Program Assistant, at owense@u.washington.edu. Erica is in the office Mondays/Wednesdays 8a.m.-4:30p.m. PST, and Fridays 8a.m -noon PST.


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