Apply for Autumn 2020!

The Public Health Genetics program is accepting applications for its MS, MPH, and PhD programs for Autumn 2020 enrollment. 

MS and MPH applicants

PhD applicants

Admissions decisions

Admissions notifications are anticipated to be sent out by the end of February.

Application Instructions

The information below outlines the general requirements and provides a checklist of required materials that must be included with your application.

General Requirements

Submit your application online

Apply through the UW Graduate School website. The online application will ask you to select a program to apply to, and allow you to save your progress and complete the application over multiple sessions. Please upload PDF files only. Do not mail application materials to the department. All application materials must be submitted via the online application. Please disregard any instructions stating otherwise in the UW application.

We must receive all application materials by the deadline to consider you

Applications for the MS and MPH programs are due January 3. Applications for the PhD program are due January 15. We admit for Autumn quarter only. All required materials, including official test scores and minimum three recommendation letters, must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be considered. A limited number of financial need-based fee waivers are available for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only. See details at the UW Graduate School website.

Submit finalized documents, and track receipt of test scores and letters

You may submit your application after you have uploaded all required finalized documents, and before or after official test scores and recommendation letters are received. Once you submit the application, you cannot make any updates to your application materials except for your Applicant Profile and designated recommenders. Make sure that your statement of purpose, personal statement, CV or Resume, and transcripts are final versions. We cannot make changes to these documents. 

After submitting your application, you are responsible for checking your application status page to track receipt of test scores and recommendation letters. It will take several business days for the system to link your official test scores with your submitted application.

Note, the UW is closed on the U.S. holiday Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday in late November). If you submit your application during this time, you may not see a status update until the following Wednesday. In addition, if you need assistance with your online application, the UW Graduate School is busy assisting many applicants near the January application deadlines. Please plan your submission date accordingly.

Selecting a Public Health Genetics degree to apply to

The Institute for Public Health Genetics is an interdisciplinary program that offers three degrees: an MPH is Public Health Genetics, an MS in Genetic Epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health Genetics. The Institute attracts applicants and students from a wide variety of background and disciplines. If you are not sure which program is best suited to your interests, please contact the IPHG office and we will connect you with faculty and students to help answer your questions.

Only submit required materials

We do not accept supplemental materials such as publications, certificates, or other similar types of documents. You may wish to mention them in your CV or resume, but these materials should not be included in your application. Applicants are evaluated equally based on the same required materials and selection criteria.

Required Materials

Submit the following required materials with your application. Carefully review instructions for each item as you complete your application. 

Unofficial transcripts

Upload scanned copies from previous colleges and universities directly into the online application in pdf format. Please be sure each transcript includes a clear indication for the college/university from which they come. If possible, include the transcript legend page that explains the grading system for the school in your upload. If admitted, you will be required to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate School.

  • For information on GPA calculations for the reported GPA, see the Graduate School website. However, you may estimate your GPA and it does not need to be precise; we will look closely at your course grades on your transcripts instead and view your institution’s grading scale. 
  • Verify that all your uploaded transcripts are legible (institution name, course titles and grades can be read).
  • International students: Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation. See the Graduate School website for details. We do not accept evaluations from the WES credentialing service; however, we will accept WES certified English translations of transcripts only if the report states that the translator is fluent in the native language (e.g., fluent in Chinese if the transcript is in Chinese).
  • The Institute for Public Health Genetics suggests applicants to its degree programs have completed course work in biology, mathematics and genetics/genomics. If you have questions about your previous coursework preparing you for an IPHG degree, please contact the IPHG office by email to speak with a program representative. 
  • If admitted, the Graduate School will require official transcripts from all institutions you listed in your application.

CV or Resumes

1-2 pages in length, uploaded in pdf format. Your CV/resume should include detailed descriptions of all relevant education and experience, which may include undergraduate and graduate research, work (volunteer or paid), publications, manuscripts and posters, scholarly presentations and awards, certifications, and other skills and interests relevant to public health genetics.

Statement of Purpose

Maximum of 500 words in length, single-spaced, uploaded in pdf format. The Statement of Purpose provides faculty reviewers essential information about your background, research interests, possible career path, and your writing skills. It should convey your reasons for pursuing graduate study in the field of Public Health Genetics, your area/s of interest, faculty you would like to work with, and why you have selected the discipline and the university. Although you may not know what type of research or project you might pursue, spend some time researching the institute and the faculty. 

Supplemental Question (Optional)

Short response. The Supplemental Question is intended to help the Institute collect information about how applicants learned about the Institute and its degree programs. 

Personal History Statement (Optional)

1 page, single-spaced, uploaded in pdf format. A Personal History Statement is optional but strongly recommended. Consistent with our goal of enhancing the intellectual excellence of the Institute and University of Washington community, we actively welcome students from diverse backgrounds and students who have worked with diverse groups. We encourage all applicants to submit a personal history statement that details experiences related to your socioeconomically disadvantaged, disability-related, and/or culturally varied background, and/or experiences working with such groups. The statement should address the ways your experiences have affected the development of your intellectual interests, career plans, future goals, and how you may have overcome various obstacles or aided others in surmounting such challenges.

  • While admission decisions are made mainly on the basis of academic performance, applications will be reviewed with consideration of the applicant’s background and experiences. We also use the information in such statements to report aggregate date to funding agencies and to apply for funding opportunities for eligible students. 
  • The personal history statement is not required and opting not to submit a statement does not negatively affect your changes for admission.

Recommendations

In the online application, submit the names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) recommenders. The system will then immediately email them a request to complete a letter of recommendation and an online evaluation by the application deadline. The message will direct them to the online system where they can choose to submit the letter online (by typing directly into the field or uploading a pdf). 

  • Recommendations should be written by individuals who can speak to your potential to succeed as public health genetics graduate student, focusing on academic, professional, and/or personal strengths.
  • Contact your recommenders prior to submitting their information online so they can expect the email request and verify that they have received it; occasionally some email systems may block the email or treat it as spam. If for any reason a recommender does not receive the email, withdraw the request and resubmit it with an alternate email address suck as their personal address. 
  • Since recommenders need to complete an evaluation along with their letter, the application system cannot accept letters from recommendation letter services such as Interfolio.
  • All letters must be received by the application deadline. Recommenders can submit their letters both before or after you submit your application. Allow ample time for the evaluations and letters to be completed. 

Official GRE Scores

Use UW institution code 4854 for submission of the GRE scores. All PHG applicants are required to submit official GRE scores. GRE scores can be no more than five (5) years old. Official test scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service directly to the University of Washington.

  • IPHG does not have a minimum score requirement for admission consideration. Applications are reviewed holistically; a student may have lower scores and present a very strong overall application with other factors that demonstrate relevant skills and potential for success.
  • Tests must be taken in time for the scores to arrive by the deadline (at least 18 days prior). Please plan for potential delays and take the test well in advance.
  • If you took a test multiple times, we will review all scores that you choose to report.
  • If you are applying to multiple programs at UW and entered a department code, your test scores will be matched with all applications, including your PHG application.
  • If you sent your test scores to the UW in a previous year, you do not need to resend them if they are still valid. If the scores were sent for another program’s application, they can also still be used and the system will link them to your new application.
  • If you do not have scores for any reason, simply leave the self-report field blank.
  • We do not accept other tests, such as MCAT or MGAT in place of the GRE.

English Proficiency

Use UW institution code 4854 for submission of the TOEFL scores. Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the Graduate School requirement for English proficiency. Please review all the possibilities for fulfilling this requirement. The Institute of Public Health Genetics accepts TOEFL scores no more than two (2) years old. 

Application Fee

The application and all related materials must be submitted via the online application. An $85 application fee is required to submit your application. A limited number of financial need-based fee waivers are available for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only. See details at the UW Graduate School website.

Questions

If you have additional questions about the IPHG degree programs or the application process, please contact us