Admissions

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for the fall 2018 cohort is November 15, 2017. The standard deadline is January 31, 2018. After this date, we will consider applications on a space-available basis until June 1, 2018. Note that we now offer a winter start option. Applications for winter 2019 will be accepted until October, 2018.

Note: Applicants must apply by January 31, 2018, to be considered for a MAAIS 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
  • At least five years of professional experience
  • 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
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal essay
  • Three 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 MAAIS 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.

Write your statement of purpose. Answer all of the following questions in a statement of no more than 750 words.

  • Why does this particular program appeal to you?
  • Why is now the right time for you to pursue this degree?
  • What unique qualities will you bring to the MAAIS program?

Write your personal essay. What is the most pressing issue facing the international community today? Explain how you came to this conclusion, providing three reasons or examples that support your answer. How should sovereign governments, the nonprofit world and the business community be responding to this challenge? Provide one recommendation for each sector. Your essay should be a maximum of 750 words.

Find people who will write letters of recommendation for you. Three letters of recommendation are needed to apply. Consider getting recommendations from current or former employers or managers, as well as former teachers. Make sure the people you choose can judge your capacity to undertake graduate studies and speak to the unique qualities you will bring to the program. You will need their email addresses for the Graduate School application.

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.