An international applicant is anyone who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident. If you fit this definition, please check the UW Graduate School information website for important information about admission and application requirements.

For SMEA application required documents and deadlines, please see SMEA Admissions section.

Statement of Financial Ability

International applicants must be able to submit a statement of financial ability. This statement will be available upon submission of their application. The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs is not able to guarantee funding of international students.


All international applicants must complete the TOEFL exam. The exception is applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, and those who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the countries listed. These applicants are exempt from the TOEFL exam. IELTS test scores are no longer considered for admission as of June 1, 2017.

GRE scores will not be required in Fall 2020 applications for Fall 2021 admission.

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary work authorization that provides F-1 students with an opportunity for hands-on work experience related to their academic field of study. Students are eligible for up to 12 months of full-time practical training per degree level. In addition, because SMEA’s Master of Arts in Marine Affairs degree and the Concurrent Degree between the Jackson School of International Studies and SMEA are STEM Designated Degrees, graduates may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization. For additional information on F-1 benefits like OPT, please visit UW International Students Services’ website,

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