Application Instructions

Deadline: All application materials must be received online by January 15; otherwise your application will not be reviewed. Admission and funding offers will be made in March.

Step 1

Gather your required University of Washington (UW) Graduate School - Evans School application materials:

  • Application fee of $85 (U.S.) for completing the UW Graduate School - Evans School online application.
  • Resume, including:
    • Relevant educational, professional, and research experience (e.g. publications, assistantships)
    • Academic and/or professional honors, prizes, or scholarships
    • Leadership positions and professional affiliations
  • Writing sample of a prior independent piece of work showing your analytic and writing capacity. The sample should be cut down to excerpt-size if taken from a long document.
  • Statement of purpose, describing in 750 words or less:
    • Yourself and your reason(s) for applying to the program.
    • Your research interests and how you see them matching the strengths of the Evans School.
    • Your expectations of the Ph.D. program in furthering your career objectives.
    • Your academic background, research, professional, and other experiences as well as any other factors relevant to your interest in public policy and management.
  • Transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Applicants will need to upload an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) with their online application. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to send an official copy of their transcript to the UW Graduate Admissions Office for degree verification purposes.
    • If you only have a bachelor’s degree, your application will be considered; however, we believe that students with master’s degrees in public policy, public administration, economics, sociology, political science, or related disciplines are, in general, better prepared for our Ph.D. program.
    • Successful applicants will be required to complete a college-level course in calculus before enrolling in the Ph.D. program. The application asks about your prior calculus coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically by your references after you complete the UW Graduate School - Evans School online application. At least two of the letters should be from faculty familiar with your academic work, and all three should address your capacity for pursuing an advanced research degree.
  • GRE scores, no more than five years old, need to be requested from the Educational Testing Service, which can be contacted at 609.771.7670. GMAT scores are also accepted, but the GRE is preferred. Have the scores sent to the University of Washington as the institution (code 4854) and Public Affairs/Public Administration as the department (code 4801). Also, self-report your scores in your Evans School application.
  • TOEFL scores for international students from non-English speaking countries. Please see our international applicant information.
  • A research proposal is not required for the application, but we encourage you to review faculty members' bios and identify 2-3 whose research aligns with your interests.

Step 2

Complete the UW Graduate School online application for the Evans School. During this process, you will be asked to identify which Evans School program you are applying to, and should choose the Public Policy & Governance - Daniel J. Evans School - PhD (Public Policy & Management) option. You will then be directed to the appropriate Evans School portion of the application to submit the majority of your required application materials.

For questions and more information about the application process, contact the Ph.D Program Coordinator at or 206.543.4900.