Graduate students in our program have made a series of videos on this YouTube channel to help prospective students navigate the admissions process (please see the bottom of this page for specific video links).
The deadline for applying is December 1st for the following September. We begin a new cohort once per year each autumn.
All materials are submitted online. No paper materials will be accepted. Materials needed for the application include:
- Unofficial transcripts (if you are admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts).
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (limit 2 pages) including: (i) current position or activities; (ii) professional experience, with positions, approximate dates, duties and names of supervisors; (iii) honors awarded or scholarships; (iv) special skills; (v) publications and research presentations.
- A Research Statement that in a combined total of 300 words addresses the following questions. Please enumerate your answers:
- Describe your research interests.
- How is the UW a good fit for your research interests?
- Describe how the interdisciplinary and diverse environment at the UW would support your success.
- A Personal Statement of one (1) single-spaced page that describes the trajectory that led you to apply to a PhD program in Biology. This may include your personal history and experiences (e.g., non-research related professional activities, cultural or socioeconomic background, or other factors). Please be sure to address your previous research experience as well as future goals.
- List of three (3) Biology faculty of interest to you. A list of Biology faculty can be found on our website. It is recommended that you contact faculty of interest prior to applying.
- Names and contact information for three (3) references who can speak to your experience and interest in biological research and work ethic.
- TOEFL scores (if applicable). Visit the Graduate School's website for more information on English language requirements. Official scores must be recieved by the December 1 deadline.
Should you apply?
Typically, entering students have completed an undergraduate biology program that includes college level courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The Department also accepts promising students with less traditional backgrounds. Most entering students have substantial prior research experience and a record of high academic achievement. If you meet these criteria, we recommend that you contact one or more faculty in your area of interest to inquire further about their research and your potential fit in our program, and examine our detailed application requirements below.
Minimum Requirements for Admission
- Baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree from a college or university in the United States or equivalent (may be pending at time of application)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Submission of TOEFL scores (if required) that meet the Graduate School's minimum requirements
All qualified applicants to the Biology graduate program, for the Biology undergraduate major, or for employment as a UW employee in Biology (faculty, staff, postdoc, ASE, or hourly/student hourly position) will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The Graduate and Postdoc Program Committee, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, and all search committees will review this policy before beginning deliberations and reviewing applications for admissions or employment.