Application Deadlines

Applications for Autumn quarter 2024 will be accepted until January 31, 2024.

After January 31, 2024 applications for Autumn quarter start are considered on a space-available, rolling basis until June 1, 2024.

Applications for Winter quarter 2025 will be accepted until October 15, 2024.

Note: Applicants must apply by January 31, 2024 deadline to be considered for an EMIS fellowship.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • Three years of professional, internship (paid or unpaid) or volunteer experience (you may combine any of these); if under three years, applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis – please email the program lead, Dr. Taso G. Lagos — for more information
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Prior international exposure and additional language experience are advantageous and should be documented in your application materials.

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief undergraduate paper, or academic article or published guest editorial
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores*

* English proficiency must be demonstrated if English is not your native language. TOEFL scores are preferred.

GRE scores are not required for admission, but they are recommended if your prior academic performance does not reflect your current abilities.

Application Steps

Applications to the EMIS program are submitted online through the UW Graduate School site. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from each college or university attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Update your resume or curriculum vitae.

Produce an undergraduate paper or an “academic style” article; roughly 2,000 to 4,000 words, or a published guest editorial.

  • The paper or article must have a clear, succinct thesis or argument
  • The body of the paper must provide evidence to back up the thesis or argument
  • The conclusion must show evidence of reflection and thought
  • Please cite when appropriate and provide a bibliography
  • It should have been written by the applicant and not by another source, whether human or AI

Find people who will write two letters of recommendation for you. Consider getting recommendations from current or former employers, managers or supervisors, administrators as well as former teachers or coaches who can best judge your ability to undertake graduate studies and speak to the unique qualities you will bring to the program. The Graduate School application requires your recommenders’ email addresses.

Schedule and take the TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only). Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. The minimum TOEFL iBT score for admission to the program is 92. See the Graduate School English proficiency requirements for more details.

Step Two: Apply Online

Start your Online Application to the UW Graduate School. You can save your application and come back to it any time to continue working on it.

Select “International Studies – Applied International Studies” for the program name.

Upload all required documents.

Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Each of these people will be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they will submit their letters.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee.

After you’ve submitted your application, you can check on its status at any time by logging into the application page. Note that the Admissions committee may schedule interviews with applicants over the phone or in person once the application has been completed and submitted.

International Students

International applicants must meet all application requirements for the program. Application deadlines for international applicants are the same as those for U.S. students. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students whose native language is not English must show English proficiency and must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. For more information, see the UW Graduate School’s International Application Information page.