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The MAIS program will not be accepting admissions for academic year 2021-2022.  Please check back in January 2022 for information about the 2022-2023 academic year.

1. Create a Profile and Complete Application

Create a "new applicant profile" by providing your contact and other personal information at the University of Washington Graduate School application website.

Then, select the Graduate application type.


From there choose UW Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Studies, (Tacoma Campus) MAIS.


Follow the directions on the online application to create your applicant profile.

2. Provide Supporting Documentation

Complete each section of the online application:

  • Upload your résumé
  • Upload your unofficial transcripts from any college/university attended
  • Upload Statement of Intent
  • Designate academic or professional references to receive the online reference form. Note: After you enter and submit the reference's email address they will receive an email--even if you haven't paid your application fee.
3. Acknowledgment Login to the UW Graduate School Application and verify that your application is complete. Please note that all required materials must be received before your application can be evaluated. You may be contacted by the MAIS program requesting additional material as needed.
4. Decisions The MAIS Admissions Committee reviews applications after the March 15 deadline for Autumn admissions. Applicants will be notified of final admissions decisions no later than June 30 for Autumn Quarter.
5. Post-Admission Follow-Up If you are admitted to the MAIS program and choose to attend, then log back into your application page and follow the steps online.

Required Supplemental Application Material & Résumé

Your résumé is required to be uploaded in Word or PDF in one paginated document using a minimum font size of 11, and should include the following:

  • A complete listing of all higher educational institutions attended, including type of degree and the grade point average (GPA) earned;
  • All professional work experience;
  • Any relevant community and/or extracurricular activities;
  • Any awards, honors, or other forms of recognition (academic, community, military, etc.)

Unofficial Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. If you aren't able to upload the documents, please contact the MAIS Program Advisor/Administrator.

Statement of Intent

All applicants must upload a Statement of Intent, which should address the following topics:

  • What are your educational and professional goals?
  • How will the MAIS program help you accomplish your goals, given your current professional and educational background?
  • Applicants also need to identify potential SIAS graduate faculty members that they are interested in working with on their thesis/degree project/practicum committees. This is a necessary component of the Statement of Intent, so that the program can match students accordingly, as well as identify whether or not the program can support students' specific research interests. To see a list of MAIS Graduate faculty, visit the Graduate Faculty Locator and select "Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences - Tacoma." Use this essay to include any other information that would be helpful for the Admissions Committee to know. Please upload your Statement of Intent in Word or PDF in one paginated document using a minimum font size of 11.


For any questions about the application process or help in completing your application, please contact the MAIS Program Advisor/Administrator by phone 253-692-4458, or via email at