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Applications to the Jackson School Ph.D. program are assembled and submitted online through the University of Washington graduate school: https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/.
Applications are annual – the Jackson School Ph.D. program only has one application period per year. Typically, applications go live in late September/ early October, and application deadlines are early January. To apply, you will need to submit the following:
• The University of Washington Graduate School Application Form;
• The Jackson School Supplemental Application Form;
• Three letters of recommendation;
• A statement of purpose;
• A personal statement (optional);
• An academic writing sample;
• Your CV/ resume;
• Your unofficial undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts;
• Valid test score reports for the GRE exam, and where applicable;
• Valid test score reports for the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency exams.
The Jackson School supplemental application form is available for download here.
Yes. All applicants must have earned their MA by the time they start the Ph.D. program – this means it is possible to apply if your degree will be awarded in the spring or summer after you apply. However, if your degree will be awarded after September 15, you will have to wait until next year to apply.
No, we do not offer this option at the Jackson School. You must have earned your MA before starting our Ph.D. program.
We’re afraid that we can only accept applications that have been submitted online through the University of Washington Graduate School. No materials should be sent to the Jackson School.
Once candidates have submitted their materials have paid the necessary application fee, they are able to return and check the status of their applications at any time by visiting https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/. Returning applicants can use their login credentials to edit their profiles, update their contact information, and check on the status of recommendation letters, test scores, and transcripts.
Once you finalize and submit your application, you cannot revise your uploaded materials (statements, writing samples, CV, etc.). However, you can make changes to your designated recommenders. It is important you ensure your materials are properly formatted and display correctly before they are submitted – this is especially important when working with PDF files.
If it doesn’t display properly for you, it won’t display properly for us. We recommend confirming your supplemental application display properly by saving, closing, then reopening your document. If the document then displays properly, then you should be able to add it to your application without issue.
There is no minimum or maximum length. Some people use a strong paper of only 10 pages or less, some use their graduate thesis. In the latter case, it should not be shortened or abstracted. The admissions committee probably will not read the entire thesis, but it is best to allow them to choose which parts they will read.
The writing sample must be in English. Classwork conducted at the Jackson School will be in English, and the admissions committee must be able to evaluate your potential for writing graduate-level papers by seeing an example of your work in the instruction language of the university.
2-3 pages (double-spaced), briefly describing your background, experience, academic interests and goals. It should demonstrate your ability to make your point concisely, and make some reference to what you intend to do with your degree post-graduation.
The statement of purpose should outline your academic interests, your goals for studying at the Jackson School, and a brief outline of your research plan. It should also include an outline of how you intend to use your degree after you graduate.
The personal statement is an opportunity for you to talk about your background, your motivation for applying, and why you as a candidate are a good fit for the program. While the personal statement is optional, it is recommended candidates take the time to write one – the admissions committee looks carefully at a candidate’s motivation and outlook to determine if they are a good fit for the program.
When they apply online, candidates are asked to nominate three recommenders and submit their contact details, including both email and telephone. Once this is completed, recommenders will be emailed automatically by the system and informed that they have been nominated by <candidate name> as a designated recommender for the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. They will then be given instructions on how to complete and submit their letter of recommendation online.
We understand that some faculty can be on leave or away from the office, and we accept that. As a result it is acceptable if your letters of recommendation are submitted a week or so after the deadline. As long as the recommendations arrive by about Jan. 10, your application would not be compromised. However, if all three recommendations are not submitted by the time initial reviews start, this could affect the consideration they receive.
It is the responsibility of the candidates to follow up with their nominees and confirm they have submitted their recommendations on time.
No, we do not. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by designated nominees through our online system. The reason for this is that a recommendation must include both a submitted letter and responses to an evaluation survey. 3rd party services are unable to complete the evaluation survey on behalf of a recommender.
For admissions purposes, official transcripts are transcripts that are ordered through the registrar’s office of a given university and sent hard copy in a sealed envelope directly to the UW graduate school. Official transcripts must bear the seal or embossed stamp of the issuing university and be printed on official transcript paper. There is usually a fee for requesting and sending official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are usually transcripts that can be printed or downloaded by students for free, and frequently (but not always) display “unofficial transcript” on the document. Only transcripts that are received by the graduate school in sealed envelopes from another registrar’s office are considered official.
While official transcripts are not required at time of application, please be aware that if you are offered (and accept) admission to the JSIS Ph.D. program you will be asked to submit official transcripts to the University of Washington Graduate School.
As long as the official transcript remains in its original sealed envelope and are not tampered with, it is acceptable for individual applicants to forward their transcripts to the University of Washington Graduate School. Please note that academic transcripts should be submitted for evaluation in English.
Please understand that the graduate school deals with a significant number of materials each admissions season. If you have ordered your transcripts, trust that they will be received. When your preliminary application assessment is conducted by our departmental admissions committee, we will let you know if we have NOT received a required transcript, or if anything is lacking.
If you are offered (and accept) admission to the JSIS Ph.D. program, please send all official transcripts directly to the University of Washington Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS). The mailing address is as follows:
Standard postal mail:
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
Seattle, WA 98195-3770
Express or courier service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
4109 Stevens Way
Seattle, WA 98195-3770
Our university is used to working with students from all over the world, and understands that different institutions have different grading systems. You will not have to explain your grading system – we have a well-developed database that will help our admissions committee to understand context where necessary.
For further information on application requirements for international students, please see http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/faq/international.shtml.
No. We require every candidate that applies submit valid test scores to the University of Washington via ETS (the organization that conducts the GRE). This is so our admissions committee will have a metric that can compare candidates from different backgrounds in a standardized way.
Each part of your application is important, and is assessed on its own merits. Admissions committee members usually rank each part of the application from 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) and use the total score to rank applicants. For example, if an applicant has a strong Statement of Purpose, she/he might get a 5, acceptable GRE scores might receive 3, good recommendations a 4, a very good transcript a 5, and so on. Not doing well on any one part does not eliminate you from those likely to be offered admission, but it is suggested that you do as well as you can.
No. There is no minimum score that will preclude you from being considered for admission, just as there is no score that will guarantee you admission.
As a result, please understand that we are not able to give out information on “average” GRE score profiles for admitted students, as scores achieved by our admitted students will change from year to year. What was good enough one year may not be good enough the next, and the GRE is just one part of our considerations for admission. Our advice to candidates is to just do the best they can.
No. GMAT scores are only applicable to candidates applying for a business-related degree program.
Not everyone is required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores by the University of Washington. This requirement is waived if:
For full information on English language requirements at the University of Washington, please see this page.
To check on whether your scores, return to your application website. Once the scores have been received by the University of Washington the receipt of the item will appear on your screen. It can take some time for scores to be marked as received, as the University deals with a high volume of materials during admissions season. If you do not see your scores marked as received and you are concerned, you should follow up with ETS (Educational Testing Service). The Jackson School has no ability to check on your test score status for you, and it is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their test scores are submitted correctly.
The University of Washington code for these exams is 4854. All scores are reported electronically by the ETS to the UW, and the score report or reports will be visible to any UW department to which you apply.
No, we are unable to defer admission for accepted candidates. We can, however, defer your application should circumstances require it. Please note that even if accepted for admission, this is only a deferral of your application, not of an admission offer. The admissions committee will consider your application again the following year, but nothing is guaranteed.
No. Application to the Ph.D. program is for starting in fall quarter only. We do not offer rolling admissions.
No. All applications are considered by our admissions committee at the same time. We do not provide early decisions.
For information on funding opportunities please see http://jsis.washington.edu/phd/finaid.
Occasionally, Jackson School students have been able to obtain Teaching or Research Assistantships (TA/ RAships) with the Jackson School or with other departments, such as Political Science, Spanish, and other departments where the students have experience. This is usually possible once the student is accepted and approaches the other department about TA/RA possibilities.
Please see http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/graduate/grad.costs.html for an overview of tuition and fees. For Jackson School Ph.D. students, tuition rates are for Seattle campus Graduate Tier I, the lowest tier of graduate tuition.
|JSIS Ph.D. Program|
|Seattle, WA 98195|
|Director, Ph.D. Program|
|Saadia M. Pekkanen|
|Ph.D. Program Administrator|
|Ph.D. Program Committee|
|Resat Kasaba (ex officio)|
|Wolfram Latsch (ex officio)|
|Christian Lee Novetzke|
|Rebecca Herman Weber|