In order to apply to the program, applicants will complete an online application and provide the information and materials listed below.
Schools and Transcripts
Applicants are required to provide information about all schools where they have earned academic credit and are required to provide a transcript for each.
Applicants who are not attending the UW during spring term will be contacted with instructions for providing a transcript after spring grades are posted.
Applicants will provide information about the prerequisite courses.
In addition to providing information about prerequisite grades and academic history, applicants will submit a 1-page document (formatting requirements provided below). The Informatics admissions committee will review this document to learn more about why you want to learn what we teach in Informatics. While you’re allowed to communicate anything you would like, the committee is most interested in five aspects of your life:
- Personal, career, or life ambitions related to information.
- Experiences at work, school, or in life that shaped your interests in information.
- Stories of persistence, focus, and grit that led to achievement.
- Stories of scholarly achievement not evident on your transcript.
- Experiences with diversity or adversity that have influenced your academic performance, your interests, or your ambitions.
Address all of the areas that are relevant to you. Focus on your life, not platitudes and generalities about information or technology. We want to understand what makes you unique relative to other applicants. Note that the admissions committee is not looking for just one type of student. The iSchool community needs diversity of all kinds to promote critical learning about people, information, and technology.
Any form of document is acceptable, including essays, infographics, diagrams, visualizations, or any combination of your choosing. The committee will focus on what you communicate, not what media you use to communicate, but what you communicate should be clear, concise and engaging. Your audience will be diverse, including faculty, student advisors, and current Informatics students.
To prepare your response, we recommend you first think about what you want to communicate and then devise a way to convey that information that best communicates your narrative. Test and refine it until it communicates what you intend.
You can put anything that you want on this page, as long as it satisfies the following requirements:
- It must be single 8.5" x 11" page, submitted as a PDF.
- Any static content is fine, including text, images, or vector graphics.
- No links are allowed, unless they are for reference (e.g., a link to a company website). The content must be entirely contained within the PDF. Reviewers will not follow any of the links in your document.
- Any fonts are fine, but be sure font sizes are at least 12-point and that the fonts are embedded in the PDF. Most applications that produce PDFs do this by default to guarantee that anyone reviewing the document sees the same thing, but you should check to be sure. There are several resources online on how to verify that fonts are embedded.
- The file must be less than or equal to 3 MB in size. Be careful about including high-resolution images.
Applicants will only be able to submit the materials listed on this page. The Informatics Admissions Committee will not review any additional materials (recommendations, resumes, etc.).
**All application instructions and requirements are subject to change until the application opens.**