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Are you applying as an incoming freshman or Running Start student? Visit our Direct Admissions page to learn how.

The UW Tacoma and the Milgard School of Business have a two-step admission process for transfer students. This process involves several items and applicants should apply to UW Tacoma before applying to Business. Incoming freshman, including Running Start students, should apply through the Direct Admissions program. Running Start students with more than 45 credits will be considered for the Autumn Direct Admission Program.  There is no application process.  Exceptional students who check one of the business majors as their first choice will automatically be considered for the program.

The Milgard School of Business admits students primarily for Autumn Quarter. Admission for Winter is based on space availability. Additional information about these requirements can be found on our Admission Requirements page.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should have completed a minimum of four business prerequisites and 60 credits completed prior to submitting a Business application

Step 1: Apply to UW Tacoma

Transfer students

Current UW Tacoma students

  • Skip Step 1 and proceed to Step 2.

Running Start Students (who meet program admission requirements)

Returning UW Tacoma Students

  • If you were previously enrolled at UW Tacoma, submit Returning Student Application.
    Returning students may also need to submit supplemental materials to the Milgard School of Business. Check with the program for details.

High School Students

  • High school students interested in applying directly to the Milgard School of Business should visit our Direct Admissions page to learn how to apply to the Direct Admissions program.
  • Submit the Freshman Application to the University of Washington Tacoma.

Step 2: Apply to the Milgard School of Business

Before you start this step, make sure you have fully completed STEP 1 above.

A. Submit the Business School Application

Submit the Milgard School of Business Online Application.

Applications are due prior to the posted application deadline for the quarter to which you are applying. There is no application fee to apply to the Milgard School of Business.

B. Take the Writing Skills Assessment* -- REQUIRED

Register for the Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) prior to the posted application deadline. 
*Students who are required to show Proof of English Proficiency for general UW Tacoma admission are allowed to submit qualifying TOEFL or IELTS scores in lieu of taking the WSA.

C. Submit Personal Statement

Transfer students may use the same personal statement used on the original Application for Transfer Admission listed in Step 1. Current UW Tacoma students should write a new personal statement based on the guidelines listed in the Business School Application.

D.  Additional Information

Complete applications received by the application deadline will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the priority application deadline (autumn quarter only) will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Your admission is contingent upon receipt of transcripts verifying successful completion of all prerequisite courses prior to the quarter you will begin classes at the University. Additional information about these requirements can be found on our Admission Requirements page.