MBA Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the Milgard School of Business MBA Program and the University of Washington Graduate School:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Prefer 3.0 grade-point average calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  3. For those not qualifying for a GMAT waiver competitive scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).  We will accept scores from the GRE if it was completed in the last 5 years.
  4. Minimum of two years of managerial and/or professional work experience:
  • Management: Defined as direct responsibility for the assets of an organization; supervision of two or more people (e.g., manager, executive leader, team leader, group/project coordinator, etc.); special projects; processes; databases; budgets, etc.
  • Professional: Requires professional expertise in business functions such as sales, accounting, human resources, finance, marketing, operations, etc. and/or technical functions such as engineering, research, logistics, computer programming, sciences, etc.

Complete application.  See the How to Apply page for more details.

International students

The Milgard MBA is part-time program and does not fulfill the requirements for a student Visa.  We recommend international students seeking a full-time program consider the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington Seattle campus.

Applicants with international baccalaureate degree or higher

June 1 (autumn quarter) and November 1 (winter quarter) the final date for applicants with international baccalaureate degrees or higher to apply to the Milgard MBA.

Your international transcript must include:

  • Degree statement, including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded
  • All coursework with grades.
  • The record must be submitted in the original language along with a certified English translation

For application review by the Milgard MBA admission committee you may provide copies if they meet the criteria outlined above.

If you are admitted to the Milgard School and choose to attend, then the UW Graduate School will require you to submit official International Academic Credentials.  For additional information on this requirement, refer to the UW Graduate School website.

English language proficiency

The UW Graduate School requires proof of English language proficiency as outlined in Graduate School Memoranda #8.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The Milgard School of Business uses the test as one predictor of academic performance in the MBA Program.

The GMAT measures verbal, mathematical (algebra and geometry), and analytical writing skills that you have developed over time in your work and education. The GMAT consists of four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Skills section, and the Verbal Skills section.

All applicants who do not qualify for a GMAT waiver must complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)* and provide official scores to UW Tacoma. However, students who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may submit GRE scores instead of GMAT scores. Scores are effective for five years.

If you have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, we will consider only your highest score during the past five years.

The unofficial GMAT score, provided to you as soon as you complete the test, should be included on your application. Your application will not be considered complete until the official GMAT score is received at UW Tacoma. Plan accordingly so that you take the GMAT in plenty of time for the official score to be received by the Priority Date and to have time to retest if necessary.

Applicants are advised to prepare for the GMAT by becoming familiar with the test format and content. Good preparation includes taking practice tests to increase speed and comfort levels with the test materials.

GMAT preparation guides and software are available in many bookstores or purchased online. Visit the GMAT website to learn more about test taking and preparation, to schedule a GMAT test, and to find testing locations.




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Upon presentation of the needed documents, the GMAT or GRE requirement for admission is waived for applicants who meet any of the following criterion:

  1. The GMAT or GRE requirement is waived for applicants who possess a terminal degree from an accredited institution. Examples of terminal degrees include the Ph.D., MD, JD, PharmD, Ed. D, and other degrees deemed equivalent to these by the Graduate Programs committee.
  2. The GMAT or GRE requirement is also waived for applicants who have previously completed a Masters’ degree from a regionally accredited university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. The GMAT or GRE requirement is also waived for applicants possessing certain activeprofessional licenses such as the United States CPA, CFA, or CMA.
  4. The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for graduates of an AACSB accredited Business School or ABET accredited engineering school who earned a 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their final 90 graded quarter/60 graded semester credits. 
  5. For students, graduating in majors outside of business or engineering, the GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for graduates of regionally accredited US Universities whose business program is accredited by the AACSB or whose engineering program is accredited by ABET and who earned a 3.40 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their final 90 graded quarter/60 graded semester credits.
  6. The University of Washington, Tacoma is a military friendly university and we value both the service and the leadership experience gained in that environment. As such, the GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for non-commissioned officers who attained a rank of E-5 or higher and possess 5 or more years of active duty military service and graduated from a regionally accredited US University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The GMAT/GRE requirement is also waived for commissioned officers with 3 or more years of active duty military service who graduated from a regionally accredited US University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  7. In addition, applicants may petition to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement if they can demonstrate at least 5 years of full-time post-baccalaureate professional experience in position(s) requiring supervisory decision-making and leadership. Experience based waivers are not automatic and are subject to a review by the Graduate Committee. Applicants must submit a written request asking that the above items evidenced in their application file be considered as a substitute for GMAT scores. The committee’s decision on waiver of GMAT/GRE is final and the committee reserves the right to request applicants to submit a GMAT/GRE score.

Waiver requests should include the following:

  1. Copies of unofficial transcripts.
  2. Proof of professional license when applicable.
  3. Copy of relevant diplomas.
  4. Current resume or CV that includes specific job duties and functions of each position highlighting your career progression.
  5. Proof of military experience and rank where applicable.
  6. Written GMAT/GRE waiver request that outlines:
    1. All quantitative coursework taken at the college level
    2. Current job responsibilities that indicate quantitative preparedness and analytical skills
    3. Professional growth and career progression 

Waiver requests should be submitted electronically to the MBA Advisor.  The advisor will review and make sure your materials are complete and will forward to the admission committee for review.  Waiver requests are competitive and reviewed holistically.  The committee’s decision on waiver of GMAT/GRE is final.  A GMAT waiver approval is valid for one year and those granted a waiver are expected to apply within one year of such waiver being granted.