What We Do
Services We Provide
University of Washington graduate programs are among the best in the nation — and the world — and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.
Graduate fellowships allow us to compete for the most promising students. Each year, the Graduate School distributes $11 million in financial awards. In addition, we offer programming to help students secure grants and funding.
Our Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) awards approximately $600,000 in recruitment funding each year to about 25 departments, hosts quarterly receptions to build community, offers professional development workshops and sponsors Prospective Student Days to welcome admitted students to campus each spring, connecting them with UW resources. The Graduate School also coordinates the National Name Exchange, a consortium of 50 universities that share the names of their talented ethnic minority students.
Through Core Programs, the Graduate School helps students develop the skills and capacities they need to flourish throughout graduate school and into their careers. Workshops and online content address topics such as how to find a mentor, select a lab and look for a job in academia or industry.
Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning, a collaboration of the Graduate School, UW Libraries and Undergraduate Academic Affairs, presents a yearly teaching assistant/research assistant training conference. The center also helps faculty and graduate students evaluate and improve their teaching through workshops and learning communities.
The Graduate School incubates innovation through 13 degree programs aimed at helping graduate students develop collaborative approaches to their research and teaching.
The Graduate School sends a bi-weekly digest of campus resources, events and news relevant to graduate students, as well as an advice column, “Ask the Grad School Guru,” and several social media pages and groups to facilitate conversation among grad students.
Through the UW Press and our public lecture series, the Graduate School takes big ideas and discoveries into the community, and brings the community into scholarly life. The UW Press supports the UW’s research, education and outreach missions by publishing peer-reviewed scholarship and documenting the rich cultural and natural history of the Pacific Northwest.
Quality and Assessment
Through the academic program review process, the Graduate School ensures that the UW continues to offer innovative, high quality graduate education programs. Each year, the Graduate School reviews 15 to 25 existing academic programs and proposals for about 30 new programs. The online application MyGrad assists faculty and staff with overseeing students’ educations, from application to graduation.
Advocacy and Advancement
Graduate School leaders advocate for graduate education on campus, in the community and throughout the state and beyond by regularly visiting with leaders in the community, business and government, as well as UW supporters, donors, faculty and administrators.