How to Apply

Admission as a graduate student in Atmospheric Sciences is competitive. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (B averages) is required. The Department requires that all applicants take the Aptitude Test portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Information concerning the GRE may be obtained by going to: http://www.gre.org. To submit GRE scores, use institutional code 4854 – there is no independent department code.

DEADLINE: The Atmospheric Sciences deadline for Autumn Quarter is December 31st. Autumn Quarter is the only quarter for which we accept applications.

REVIEW: Review of applications will begin after the December 31 deadline. Applicants will be notified as decisions are made. Questions about application status should be directed to the Academic Advisor.


Application for Admission – US citizens

For US citizens, submit the following by December 31st in order to receive full consideration:

  • UW Application for Graduate Admission ($85 application fee)
    The online application (found here) includes: statement of interests, current resume, unofficial transcripts, and designation of three (3) letters of recommendation (see Supplemental Materials below). If you experience difficulty in submitting these documents in the online application, contact the Academic Advisor for assistance.Please do not send paper copies of your transcripts, statement of interests, and current resume unless specifically requested.
  • GRE Scores
    Official test scores must be sent by ETS and received by the University of Washington within 5 years of the test date; use institutional code 4854. We will accept officially reported scores taken up to five years prior to the application deadline.Please note we require only the General Exam (analytical, verbal, and quantitative exam scores).
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    The Department of Atmospheric Sciences no longer requires official transcripts be mailed to the department at the time of application. We will use the unofficial transcripts you upload during the online application process. If you have any questions about this change of policy please contact the Academic Advisor.

    • Transcripts that have already been submitted cannot be returned and are considered property of the University of Washington.
    • The Department of Atmospheric Sciences reserves the right to request an official transcript at any time.
    • Applicants admitted to the program who accept our offer will be required to submit official transcripts to the UW Graduate School.

NOTE: Applications are not considered complete until all materials specified above have been received. Status of application materials are updated online – to check on receipt of materials, go to your application status page on the Graduate Application website.

Please do not send any materials not specified in the online application unless specifically requested. Any additional materials received may be discarded at the department’s discretion.


Application for Admission – International Applicants

While the deadline for applications is December 31st, we strongly recommend that international applicants submit applications by December 15th to allow for additional processing time.

For international applicants, submit the following by December 31st in order to receive full consideration:

  • UW Application for Graduate Admission ($85 application fee)
    The online application (found here) includes: statement of Interests, current resume, unofficial transcripts, and designation of three (3) letters of recommendation (see Supplemental Materials below). If you experience difficulty in submitting these documents in the online application, contact the Academic Advisor for assistance.Please do not send paper copies of your transcripts, statement of interests, and current resume unless specifically requested.
  • GRE Scores
    Official test scores must be sent by ETS and received by the University of Washington within 5 years of the test date; use institutional code 4854. We will accept officially reported scores taken up to five years prior to the application deadline.Please note we require only the General Exam (analytical, verbal, and quantitative exam scores).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores
    Official test scores must be sent by ETS and received by the University of Washington within 2 years of the test date. A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Washington Graduate School. Applicants, including 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 not English, must meet this requirement. This requirement cannot be waived. See the UW Graduate School English proficiency requirements and comparison tables for the University’s policy.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    The Department of Atmospheric Sciences no longer requires official transcripts be mailed to the department at the time of application. We will use the unofficial transcripts you upload during the online application process. If you have any questions about this change of policy please contact the Academic Advisor.

    • Transcripts that have already been submitted cannot be returned and are considered property of the University of Washington.
    • The Department of Atmospheric Sciences reserves the right to request an official transcript at any time.
    • Applicants admitted to the program who accept our offer will be required to submit official transcripts to the UW Graduate School.

NOTE: Applications are not considered complete until all materials specified above have been received. Status of application materials are updated online – to check on receipt of materials, go to your application status page on the Graduate Application website.

Please do not send any materials not specified in the online application unless specifically requested. Any additional materials received may be discarded at the department’s discretion.


Supplemental Materials

These materials are required as part of the graduate application and should be submitted via the online application (except where noted) – instructions on submitting materials may be found on the application website.

Statement of Interests – In the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences we are looking to admit graduate students who are passionate about learning and exploring the atmospheric sciences. We encourage prospective applicants to explore the research opportunities in the department and contact faculty they are interested in working with before they submit an application. We welcome applicants who have varied cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Please answer each of the following questions individually. Your answers combined may total no more than 2 pages.

  1. Why are you seeking a graduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington? What knowledge and skills do you hope to achieve from the graduate program that will be useful to your long-term career goals? We are looking for evidence that you are passionate about the field and also why a research-based graduate degree will help you to achieve your goals.
  2. The graduate student experience and life in general can involve a range of challenges. Describe an example of how you have shown resilience and/or perseverance in the pursuit of your academic goals or in your personal life and how you have grown as a result.
  3. It is important for researchers to stay curious and be willing to question their own and other’s work in the pursuit of great science. Please describe a time when you worked on something you were excited about, either academic or personal, in which you exhibited these qualities.
  4. [Optional] Please add anything you would like to say in support of your application or anything that puts your application in a broader context that is not addressed by the questions

Current Resume – Your resume should address the following: education; professional experience (fellowships, readerships, assistantships, etc.); honors awarded for scholarship; publications; special skills; any other relevant experience or recognition.

Unofficial Transcripts – Your unofficial transcripts need to be uploaded to the online application as a PDF.

Letters of Recommendation – Recommendations are designated online as part of the online application. Electronic submission is required. The status of recommendations can be checked online.


Research Assistantships & Teaching Assistantships

Out-of-state tuition is waived and in-state tuition is paid for Research Assistants, as is medical, visual and dental insurance.  Students are expected to work half-time, 20 hours per week, on research during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. A monthly stipend is paid as well.

Graduate students are required to serve as Teaching Assistants for one or two quarters. The first quarter in which a student serves as a TA usually occurs during their second graduate year. The TA stipend will be at the same rate as the student’s research assistantship.


Contact Information

Questions about application procedures or inquiries about application status should be directed to the Academic Advisor:

Email: advise@atmos.washington.edu
Telephone: 206.543.4576
Fax: 206.543.0308
Mailing Address:

Academic Advisor
University of Washington
Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
408 ATG Building
Box 351640
Seattle, WA 98195-1640

Send materials for UW Graduate School to:

Information on where to send materials to the UW Graduate School may be found on their website.

 

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