MAIS Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Program and the University of Washington Graduate School:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  2. 3.0 grade-point average calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits;
  3. Completed online UW Graduate School application. Please print or save a copy for your record;
  4. Competitive scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Acceptable exam scores must have been completed within the last 5 years;
  5. Statement of Intent;
  6. Three letters of recommendation;
  7. Current résumé;
  8. Transcripts

For complete application information, please refer to the How to Apply page for more details.

Applicants with international baccalaureate degree or higher

November 1 (Autumn Quarter) is the suggested date for applicants with international baccalaureate degrees or higher to apply to the MAIS Program.

Your internation transcript must include:

  • Degree statement, including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded
  • All coursework with grades
  • The record must be submitted in the original language along with a certified English translation

If you are admitted to the MAIS Program and choose to attend, then the UW Graduate School will require you to submit official International Academic Credentials. For additional information on this requirement, refer to the UW Graduate School website.

English language proficiency

The UW Graduate School requires proof of English language proficiency as outlined in the Graduate School Memoranda #8.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that helps graduate programs assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in various graduate programs. The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies uses the exam as one predictor of academic performance in the MAIS Program.

The GRE measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills that you have developed over time in your work and education. The exam consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative Reasoning section and the Verbal Reasoning section.

All applicants must complete the Graduate Records Examination and provide official scores to UW Tacoma. Scores are effective for five years.

If you have taken the GRE more than once, we will consider only your highest score during the past five years.

The unofficial GRE score, provided to you as soon as you complete the test, should be included on your application. Your application will not be considered complete until the official GRE score is received. Plan accordingly so that you take the GRE in plenty of time for the official score to be received by the MAIS admissions deadline and to have time to re-test if necessary.

Applicants are advised to prepare for the GRE by becoming familiar with the test format and content. Good preparation includes taking practice tests to increase speed and comfort levels with the test materials. GRE preparation guides and software are available in many bookstores and online.

Visit the GRE website to learn more about test-taking and preparation, to schedule a GRE test and to find testing locations.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Test Information

Institution Name University of Washington Tacoma
Program Name Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)
Institutional School Code 4854

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