Graduate School COVID-19 guidance and information

Office of the DeanSupport for StudentsAcademic Program SupportDiversityProfessional DevelopmentAdvancement, Advocacy and Communication

G-1 Communications; Box 353770 (map →)
Seattle 98195-3770

Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Office of the Dean

G-1 Communications, Box 353770


Appointed by the provost, the dean is the leading advocate for graduate students and graduate education at the UW. The dean directs the many services and resources that the Graduate School offers to support graduate students and their success, as well as the processes that guarantee the high quality of the UW’s academic programs. In collaboration with deans and faculty in schools and colleges throughout the University, the graduate dean raises money to support graduate students and programs, as well as demonstrates the significant impact that graduate education has throughout our communities.

Joy Williamson-Lott, Dean of the Graduate School

Support for Students

Graduate Enrollment Management Services
(Admissions and Student Services)

G-1 Communications, Box 353770 (map →)

Student Advising (Schedule a Zoom appointment) Phone Hours: 206.685.2630 In-person Walk-in Hours:
8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Monday–Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday


Graduate Enrollment Management Services provide information and support to applicants to most master’s and doctoral degree programs, including those with visiting graduate and graduate non-matriculated status. (Applications to professional programs in the Medical School (M.D.), Law School (J.D.), Dental School (D.D.S.) and Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) are processed separately by each of those schools.)

Graduate Enrollment Management Services also facilitates completion of master’s and doctoral degrees by assisting graduate students, faculty and staff in understanding and implementing many of the policies, requirements and procedures relating to the completion of these degrees.

Erin Crom, director

Fellowships and Awards

G-1 Communications, Box 353770 (map →)


Fellowship and Awards staff administer regional and federal fellowship and scholarship programs which require Graduate School involvement, including the application process for Fulbright and other international and research abroad programs for students and faculty, and fellowships funded by private gifts to the University. The staff also administer discretionary tuition waivers and explains and monitors policy concerning graduate student appointments.

Helene Obradovich, director

Academic Program Support

Academic Affairs and Planning

307 Loew Hall, Box 352191 (map →)


Academic Affairs and Planning contributes to the University’s educational and research missions by conducting reviews of existing academic programs and reviewing new graduate degree and certificate proposals for all three campuses. The Academic Affairs and Planning staff also reviews and modifies graduate program policies, coordinates the activities of the Graduate School Council, and provides oversight for the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programs.

Kima Cargill, associate dean for Academic Affairs & Planning

Interdisciplinary Programs

315 Loew Hall, Box 352191 (map →)


The Graduate School provides advocacy, management, and an administrative home for integrative interdisciplinary programs. We partner with faculty across multiple colleges, schools, campuses, and partner institutions to support educational activities that cut across administrative boundaries and where the diversity of faculty interests and expertise cannot easily be represented by a single chair, dean, or chancellor.

David Canfield-Budde, assistant dean for academic affairs & planning


Equity & Justice in Graduate Programs

Loew Hall  Box 353770 (map →) humienik@uw.ed 206.221.7342

Ralina Joseph, associate dean

Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE)

G-1 Communications, Box 353770 (map →)
206.543.9016 or 800.524.9122


In support of the University’s outreach, recruitment and retention of ethnic minority and other underrepresented graduate students, GSEE presents networking and professional development opportunities for graduate students throughout the academic year, in collaboration with graduate programs and campus units. GSEE’s recruitment efforts include sponsoring a series of Prospective Student Days, in which admitted graduate students visit the Seattle campus as they weigh the UW’s offer of admission. 

Carolyn Jackson, director

Professional Development

Core Programs

305 Loew Hall, Box 352191 (map →)


Core Programs offers professional development and support for graduate students in the form of workshops, events and online content, such as guides covering how to find a mentor, select a lab and look for a job in academia. Grad School Prep is a for-credit course offered most quarters for undergraduates and returning students who are considering graduate school. The course addresses how to identify graduate programs that fit students’ goals and how to craft strong applications.

Jaye Sablan, assistant director

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

305 Loew Hall, Box 352191 (map →)



Community Engagement

Public Lectures


The Graduate School’s public lecture series, funded by the Jessie and John Danz, Walker-Ames and Mary Ann and John D. Mangels endowments, shares the UW’s academic expertise with general audiences through lectures that are promoted in collaboration with the UW Alumni Association. Lecturers have included educator Geoffrey Canada, author Amy Tan, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and statistician Nate Silver.

Yvette Moy, director

Advancement, Advocacy and Communication


G-1 Communications, Box 353770 (map →)


The advancement team aims to increase philanthropic gifts benefiting all UW graduate students. We focus on graduate education giving opportunities that transcend disciplinary boundaries and impact the entire University. Specifically, our advancement efforts focus on enhancing and supporting diversity, interdisciplinary programs, recruitment of top students and the UW Press. We also work closely with the UW Press development team to augment their efforts to generate private support for the publication of outstanding scholarly books.

Katherine Day Hase
Director of Advancement

Victor Nirapienranant
Assistant Director of Advancement

Meredith Wisti
ARCS Liaison


100 Gerberding Hall, Box 351265 (map →)


The communications team conveys the Graduate School’s commitment to diversity and graduate students’ success by supporting fundraising, recruitment and retention and professional development efforts. We direct, design, create and maintain our online presence that serves the Graduate School’s audiences. In addition, we gather, coordinate and disseminate information of interest and importance to UW graduate students, Graduate School staff, University leaders, the UW campus and the community, and collaborate with units campus-wide to share content and cross-promote news and successes. Communications vehicles include the Graduate School website, social media channels, regular enewsletters to grad students and staff, public presentations and institutional reporting.

Eleanor Lee, director

Computing and Information Resources

G-1 Communications, 353770 (map →)


Computer Services develops and maintains databases to support institutional research and reporting, and computer applications such as MyGradProgram and the application for graduate admission. Staff members serve on university-wide committees that address graduate institutional research and computing/technology issues.

Andrew Gorohoff, interim director