What will I learn?

The UW Graduate School offers the interdisciplinary Individual Ph.D. (IPhD) Program for exceptionally able students whose objectives for study are interdisciplinary and require supervision from faculty in two or more UW programs that offer Ph.D. degrees. Students design an individual course of study with guidance from their interdisciplinary Supervisory Committee.

Students should consider the IPhD if they are:

Seeking the opportunity to think outside the box while working on a compelling interdisciplinary research problem that does not fit within a single campus program that offers a Ph.D.

Wishing to work with the best scholarly minds on campus

Drawn to working with a graduate Supervisory Committee that includes faculty from multiple departments

Self-starters and highly motivated

Interested in designing their own Ph.D. course of study and areas of specialization

Seeking a flexible schedule—either full time or part time

Which department am I in?

Information School

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,832.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Must have a master's degree or at least 1 year of graduate study toward a master's at the University of Washington. Master's degree must be completed before admission.

Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.