Academic Advising

Interested in Graduate School?

The undergraduate degrees offered in IAS prepare students for graduate and professional programs at UW Bothell and other nationally and internationally recognized higher education institutions. View a partial list of the graduate & professional programs IAS students have been admitted to here.

IAS faculty and IAS Advisors are happy to talk to you about your aspirations and plans. The UW Bothell Career Services offers a variety of resources to assist you in preparing for and applying to graduate & professional school.The UW Bothell Writing & Communication Center can help you construct your personal statement and the UW Bothell Office of Merit Scholarship and UW Bothell Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship offers assistance in researching for and applying to scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Here are a few tips from IAS faculty about preparing for, researching, and applying to graduate school to get you started and keep you motivated.


  • Keep copies of your best writing and research samples (whether scholarly or creative).
  • Be involved in undergraduate research with professors and peers; do presentations at conferences and publications; join associations.

Researching Programs & Identifying Programs of Interest

  • Start early on your research and application process, preferably the spring of the year before you plan to apply.  For example, if you are interested in starting graduate school in fall 2017, you will need to think seriously about compiling your application materials in spring 2016.
  • Talk with family and significant others.
  • Apply to a variety of schools.
  • Do a campus visit, if possible; talk to current graduate students; contact graduate advisors with questions.
  • Check out the statistics and other information on career pathways after you finish graduate school.
  • Do what you love!

The Application Process

The Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose

  • Write the best personal statement that you can; it must be error-free, engaging, and program specific.
  • Keep copies of your best writing and research samples (whether scholarly or creative).

Letters of Recommendation

  • Talk with your professors about writing recommendations for you. Take advantage of their graduate school networks since they know the inside scoop about many programs that might otherwise seem similar. 
  • Stay in touch with those faculty members down the road.

Admissions Interview

  • Be able to translate the learning you have accomplished in your degree for admissions committees.  It will be important for you to explain why the program to which you are applying builds on what you have done. 

Scholarship and Funding Sources

Take advantage of the resources available as you take the next step to your graduate or professional education!

Resources at UW Bothell 

UW Bothell Career Services Preparing For Graduate School (PDF/Power point)

UW Bothell Library’s Prospective Graduate Student Resources Guide

UW Bothell Graduate Education

UW Bothell Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

UW Bothell Office of Merit Scholarships

UW Bothell Office of Research

UW Bothell Writing & Communication Center

Resources at UW Seattle

UW Graduate School

UW Graduate School Diversity Funding Opportunities

UW Go-MAP (Graduate Office of Minority Affairs Achievement Program)

UW Early Identification Program

UW Financial Aid Office

UW Women’s Center (low cost GRE  & GRE With Math prep courses)

UW Career & Internship Center Eight Tips for Getting Into Graduate School (PDF)

Students applying to Law School are encouraged to seek the advice of the IAS Faculty who have professional legal training (law degrees), join the Law Society at UW Bothell and review the UW Bothell law school information page. Additional pre-law resources and information can be found on the Pre-Law Advising pages at UW Seattle.

Students applying to a professional health related graduate program (medicine, physical therapy, etc.) are highly encouraged to review the UW Bothell Pre-Health Advising website and schedule advising appointments with the UW Bothell Pre-Health Advisor.