Graduate Admissions

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for all IAS graduate programs is February 1. Applications received by this date are given first consideration for placement and funding. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the deadline on a rolling and space-available basis. Please check specific program pages for further information.

Program-specific admissions information:

Minimum UW Admission Requirements

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement are encouraged to contact the IAS Graduate Office to discuss options for strengthening their application.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Application Fee Waivers

UW Graduate School Application Fee Waivers

Applicants who have financial need and those who participate in the McNairs Scholars or PPIA Fellows programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver from the UW Graduate School.

See the UW Graduate School fee waiver policy and application

IAS Student and Alum Application Incentive

Current or former IAS students who meet the following criteria can request that IAS Graduate Programs cover their application fee:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in a relevant major
  • Participation in a program information session or consultation with an admissions advisor
  • Policy Studies: completion of BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (or equivalent) with a 3.0 or above

Contact an admissions advisor for more details at

Ready to apply?

Once you have reviewed the application requirements, please go ahead and apply!