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Application Deadlines


Autumn 2021

  • March 15, 2021 - Priority deadline and international student application deadline
  • June 17, 2021 - Final application deadline

For questions about the admission and application process, contact:

Carmen Wilson, Academic Advisor
Office:  PNK 221
Telephone:  253.692.5879

Gregory Lund, Geospatial Technology Lab Coordinator and Lecturer
PNK 219



Students must meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework equivalent to a certificate, major or minor in GIS or geospatial technologies,
  • Concentration or emphasis in GIS or geospatial technologies during undergraduate or graduate studies,
  • At least one year of GIS or geospatial technology experience, or
  • A combination of the above.

Students should include their background and address how they meet one or more of the above criteria in their personal statement when applying. Students currently enrolled in the Urban Studies GIS Certificate Program may apply, but all prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program in September.

Admission Requirements

The University of Washington Graduate School and the School of Urban Studies require:

  • 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 Records Exam (GRE).
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate GIS certificate program or at least one year of GIS/Geospatial Technology experience.
Application package will include:
  • UW Graduate School Application & payment of application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (see specific requirements below)
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcript from the college/university where undergraduate degree granted*

*The Graduate School verifies where your bachelor degree was earned. After you are offered and accept and 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).

English language proficiency

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