Frequently Asked Questions


Application process

Submission of application materials

Please submit all of your application materials online using the UW Graduate School's apply now page. The online application system will allow you to save your progress and complete the application over multiple sessions if needed. Please disregard any instructions to mail documents to the graduate program during your online application.


Applicants to the MPH in Public Health Genetics and the MS in Genetic Epidemiology should have, or be in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher. Due to the interdisciplinarity of our programs, we accept applicants from diverse backgrounds such as Genetics/Genomics, Biology, Policy, Medicine, Law, Epidemiology, amongst others.


Applicants to the PhD in Public Health Genetics are encouraged to have a previous master's degree or higher. However, candidates without a previous master's degree or higher might be accepted to the PhD track on a case by case basis.

Pursuing Concurrent Degrees

If you are a UW graduate student interested in pursuing a second or concurrent degree, you are advised to consult with your current degree program to determine the feasibility, division and sharing of credits, and timeline for pursuing a concurrent degree. Please see the UW Graduate School’s policy on concurrent degree. 

Applying course credits from other universities

Please visit the UW's Graduate School policy section on credit transfer for master's and PhD students. When determining whether a course at another institution is equivalent to a UW course, we recommend that you also check that the prerequisite for that course is equivalent to the prerequisite of the course offered at UW  (e.g. A Probability course should have a calculus prerequisite).

Other materials

Materials that are not requested through the application website are not accepted. These materials include previous certificates, publications, or other similar documents. You might wish to mention them in your CV and/or personal statement, but should not be uploaded with your application. Please note that the application system has a maximum capacity for your required documents. Please also note that we do not require a paper copy of your required materials. 


All of our applicants are evaluated holistically by our admissions committee, this includes all application materials such as: statement of purpose, previous transcritps and GPA, letters of recommendations, and optional personal history statement.


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Deadline to accept offers

Traditionally, unless otherwise specified or arranged, offers should be accepted by April 15th of that same year.

Accepting an offer

Please log back into your profile and indicate your decision. At this point you will also need to pay your deposit. 

Once the offer has been accepted, you will see information about next steps,  how to submit your official transcripts to the Graduate School, and immunization records.

Next steps after accepting an offer

After you have accepted your offer, the graduate program will contact all the incoming students in late June with next steps and information about future comunications. 



IPHG does not guarentee funding for any of its three graduate degrees. The Institute does endeavor to assist students with identifying funding opportunities at the University or with partner institutions. Most IPHG students who seek funding, are able to secure funding, either on a quarterly or annual basis, to reduce the overall cost of their degree. 

Applicants can also review the fellowship and funding information provided by the Graduate School and the School of Public Health: