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Application Deadlines

Autumn 2019

  • February 15, 2019 - Priority application deadline and international student application deadline
  • April 15, 2019 - Application deadline
  • Applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space available basis​


Admission Requirements

Applicants must simultaneously be admitted to UW Tacoma Master of Arts in Community Planning and The University of Washington Graduate School. Application information is available on the Master of Arts in Community Planning website at Applications must be submitted in time to meet the Master of Arts in Community Planning deadline listed on the website, as this supersedes the Graduate School admissions deadline. The Master of Arts in Community Planning program admits students for autumn quarter only. Admission is competitive.

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • An overall grade-point average of 3.0 calculated from the applicant’s final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Admission into this program does not require a Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Application package will include:

  • UW Graduate School Application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose: Submit a 750-1000 word essay responding to the following question:  How would a Master of Arts in Community Planning at UW Tacoma contribute to your career goals?  
  • Current Résumé/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts from any institution where a degree was obtained to include 90 graded quarter or 60 graded semester credits. Transcripts with post-degree credits may also be submitted. If admitted, an official baccalaureate transcript will be requested by the Graduate School*.
  • Applicants holding Permanent Residence Status and an international baccalaureate degree (or higher) must submit scores for the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores are 580 (paper-based), 237 (computerized TOEFLC), 92 (Internet-based TOEFLIBT). See UW Graduate School Memo #8 for details related to English proficiency.
  • Applicants with transcripts in a language other than English must apply by January 15 (or priority deadline, if earlier) for autumn quarter admissions to allow extra time for transcript evaluation. These transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation when submitted.

*The Graduate School verifies where your bachelor degree was earned. After you are offered and accept an admission offer, you will be required to mail an official, hard-copy transcript from the institution that granted the bachelor's degree to the University of Washington Graduate Enrollment Management Services for verification. If you are a UW alumnus, the Graduate School verifies your official transcript on your behalf and official transcripts do not need to be mailed. Do not mail official transcripts until prompted by the Graduate School (after admission is offered).