Future Students

Applying to the Program

Applicants to the HCDE PhD program will be evaluated on the relevance of coursework already taken; grade history, GRE scores, and other indicators of earlier academic success and promise of future success, and on statement of objectives and research interest, letters of recommendation, and other qualitative data. Admission is highly competitive, with approximately 20% of applicants admitted each year.

Application Materials

Applying for admission to a graduate degree program begins with the online application system managed by the University of Washington Graduate School. All materials will be submitted electronically through this system in the PDF format. Once an applicant submits an application, the application and all supporting materials are routed to the department for review.

Additional Materials to be Uploaded to the UW Graduate School Application:

  • Research Summary
  • Potential Faculty Matches
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Diversity Statement (optional)
  • Current resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial set of all college level transcripts
  • GRE score
  • TOEFL score (international applicants only)

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