How to Apply

UW School of Oceanography Application Procedures and Instructions


Applicants must complete the UW Online Application for Graduate Admission by 12:00 midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on December 1. Official TOEFL scores must be received no later than December 1. Students are required to submit unoffical copies of their transcripts before the deadline (December 1) and official transcripts ONLY if accecpted.

Applicant Checklist:

Complete the Graduate School application

Steps specified by Oceanography:

  • Contact the faculty member(s) with whom you are interested in working.
  • Submit your Statement of Interest
  • Submit your Personal Statement (optional, but recommended)
  • Submit a Resume/CV: sample can be found here.
  • Designate Recommendations (3 required) after asking them to write you a letter of recommendation.
  • Scan unofficial transcripts (official sealed copies will be required if accepted)
  • Official TOEFL scores must be reported (for International Students) to UW institution code 4854
  • GRE's are no longer required and will not be considered if sent to the University of Washington.

Steps specified by The Graduate School:

  • Select Your Graduate Program
  • Review Requirements and Deadlines
  • Review Checklist of Application Materials
  • Report Prior Schools
  • Print Application
  • Pay Fee and Submit Application (if you need a fee waiver, go here.)

Required Tests:

Official test scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) must be received no later than December 1. The institution code for the University of Washington is 4854.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Official TOEFL scores are required of international applicants, permanent residents, immigrants and transfer students, who are not citizens of the United States on the date of admission, and whose native language is other than English. For further details, including exemptions, please read Understanding the Application Process, "English Language Ability for Admission to the Graduate School." Score reports over two years old (from the test date) are no longer valid.

GRE's are no longer required

UW Graduate School Resources:
The UW Graduate School Resources for Graduate Students page has information on:

  • Graduate Education: Policies, Guidelines, Goals and Initiatives
  • Finances: Support, Aid, Work
  • Life: UW living for TAs, Academic Student Employee Unionization, Employees, Parents
  • GPSS: The Graduate and Professional Student Senate
  • Career Development: Life after Graduate School

If you have questions or wish to request information materials, please contact the Oceanography Academic Advisor:

Michelle Townsend

Phone: (206) 543-5039