How to Apply

QERM will be accepting applications September 1 – December 16 for admission to autumn quarter of the 2020. The application submission deadline is December 16, 2019 for both domestic and international applications. Below is information specific to applying to QERM. Additional information about applying to UW can be found at the UW Graduate School admissions page.

Application Process

QERM receives approximately thirty-five applications per year and admits an average of three students per year. Those three positions are fully funded for the first year by the QERM program, including a stipend, tuition waiver, and medical benefits. Subsequent years are funded by the student’s research faculty advisor.

Following the application submission deadline, applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of QERM core faculty. Late January, the 6-8 highest ranked applicants are invited to interview with the program. Interviews happen on campus or via Skype in late February. Soon after the interview process, offers of admission are made to the highest ranked interviewees to fill the three funded positions. Those interviewees not offered admission are placed on a wait list and may be admitted if they are able to secure funding through a grant (such as the NSF grant) or through a research lab at the UW.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to meeting the basic requirements established by the UW Graduate School, applicants should have a background in probability and mathematical statistics, linear algebra, and differential equations. If possible, applicants with little or no statistical background are advised to take additional coursework prior to applying to the program. It is assumed that applicants have successfully completed the following coursework (or equivalent) prior to applying to the QERM program:

MATH 126 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III

MATH 308 Matrix Algebra with Applications

Background in the following coursework (or equivalent) is strongly recommended:

MATH 394/STAT 394 and MATH 395/STAT 395 Probability I & II


STAT 340 & 341 Introduction to Probability and Statistics Inference I & II

The following information is taken into consideration during the application review process:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.00 in last 60 semester or last 90 quarter credits. This is a U.W. requirement.
  • Applicants have completed college-level courses in probability and mathematical statistics, linear algebra, and differential equations.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Competitive applicants typically score above the 75th percentile on the verbal and analytic sections, and above the 85th percentile in the quantitative section.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 580 (237 for computer based tests – for international students only).
  • Evidence of knowledge of the intended area of study including clearly written statement of objectives.
  • Recommendation from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s academic ability and potential. Minimum of 3 recommendations.
  • Admission also depends upon program resources and fit between student interests and faculty research. It is recommended that you explore the faculty research interests to determine that your area of research interest is being conducted at the University of Washington. You are not required to enter the program with a faculty adviser lined up in advance. Typically, students identify their research and faculty adviser during their first year of study.

International Applicants

International applicants will be required to mail additional information to Graduate Admissions. Please refer to their International Student page to find answers to commonly asked questions.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), mandate all schools, including the University of Washington verify certification of adequate financial support from each international applicant without resorting to unauthorized employment. Additional information documentation of financial ability can be found on the Graduate Admissions application.

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