Ph.D. Program

Apply to the Ph.D. Program

Required with Application

  1. A Master’s Degree awarded by an accredited institution
  2. All Test Scores:
    1. GRE General Test Scores.
    2. TOEFL (for most international students) sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. (See Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements)
  3. Statement of Purpose: detailing research questions and interests in at least one of the four foundational fields of the Ph.D. program and at least one of JSIS’s area-based programs; and also identifying where possible how relevant JSIS faculty members and institutional resources would fit into a course of study
  4. Writing Sample: published or unpublished writing sample (generally not to exceed 10,000 words) demonstrating ability to write critically and analytically
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. The JSIS Ph.D. supplemental application form (PDF available for download here)
  7. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  8. All Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts (unofficial, as digital uploads  – see below for details on official transcripts)
  9. Foreign Language: In most fields of study prior language study is an asset, and stronger applicants will normally have knowledge of relevant language sufficient for research

Ph.D. Program and Application Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadline

The applications deadline for admission starting fall 2021 is January 15th, 2021.


How to Apply

  1. Read the Jackson School Ph.D. Program application requirements (above) and the JSIS Ph.D. admissions FAQs (available here).
  2. Create a profile and begin your application to the UW Graduate School online:
  3. Complete and submit ALL of the following materials:
  • The Jackson School Supplemental Application form (PDF available for download here)
  • Statement of Purpose (generally 3-4 pages)
  • An academic writing sample (generally not to exceed 10,000 words)
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Digital versions of all unofficial transcripts (uploaded as PDFs)
  • 3 letter of recommendation nominations
  • A personal history statement (optional)
  • Official GRE test scores, submitted electronically via ETS

International applicants may also need to submit TOEFL scores to prove their English language proficiency. For more information on English language requirements at the University of Washington, please see here. Applicants are responsible for verifying that the details and materials of their application are correct before submitting to the University of Washington Graduate School. Applications cannot be changed after submission. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to participate in a remote interview.

Applicants will be asked to submit official copies of all transcripts to the University of Washington Graduate School prior to enrollment.

Official copies of transcripts should not be sent to the Jackson School unless requested.

Ph.D. Program and Application Frequently Asked Questions