Admission Requirements

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Our objective is to select students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for business, leadership capacity, and commitment to completing the program requirements.

Applicants are selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program, but also for the experience and knowledge they can contribute to the class and co-create with others. We strongly believe that a diverse student body helps create such an environment.


Program Criteria

After fulfilling the minimum UW Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • A basic qualification for this program is an undergraduate degree. Proficiency in information technology/systems, quantitative skills, probability, statistics and Excel is desirable. Applicants’ backgrounds will be assessed by them having related skill, knowledge and experience. Applicants with a non-Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Business undergraduate degree need to complete the prerequisites before starting the program.
  • General intellectual ability through academic performance, work experience and/or scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE (during the past five years). If you are not providing a GMAT or GRE score, please review GMAT and GRE waiver policy , and submit a note with evidence (with your online application) how you may fit the criteria. Applicants who don't meet the GMAT/GRE waiver categories below must submit official scores. Applicants lacking post-undergraduate professional experience are strongly recommended to submit GMAT or GRE scores with their application.
  • Leadership potential. We assess each prospective student’s level of leadership responsibility by examining his or her accomplishments in school, community activities, internships, and work experience.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and persuasively. The required essay demonstrates each applicant’s level of writing competence, as well as his or her ability to think through issues.
  • Past academic performance. We review each prospective student’s undergraduate and post baccalaureate academic experience.
  • Work experience. Post-undergraduate professional experience is desirable, but not required. Applicants lacking post-undergraduate professional experience are strongly recommended to submit GMAT or GRE scores with their application. 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.
  • International students: If your native language is not English, the University of Washington (UW) requires you to demonstrate English language proficiency. UW has a TOEFL Requirement & Waiver Policy. International TOEFL scores, English test score, 80 minimum (92 recommended) iBT; English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university. Students are required to complete designated UW Academic English Program courses if their score is higher than the minimum but less than recommended. Please review the UW Graduate School Financial Ability Requirement.

Graduate School Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or 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. In cases where the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, applicants can meet individually with an advisor to determine alternate qualifications.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. UW has a TOEFL Requirement & Waiver Policy.

Prerequisite Areas

A basic qualification for this program is an undergraduate degree. However, experience in the following prerequisite areas is highly recommended: 

  • Information technology/systems
  • Math, probability and statistics
  • Business foundation courses (marketing, management, finance, accounting, economics, etc.)
  • Exposure to R and Python
  • Excel
  • Data and database management

GMAT/GRE Waivers

The Milgard MSBA admissions committee will review GMAT/GRE waiver requests under certain conditions. Waivers are competitive and reviewed holistically. All decisions made by the admissions committee are final. If you are submitting a GMAT or GRE waiver, please submit a brief note in your online application providing an explanation of you fit one or more of the following criteria:

If the MSBA admissions committee requires further evidence to grant your waiver request you will be contacted.

TOEFL Requirements & Waivers

If your native language is not English, the University of Washington requires you to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways (Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements):

  • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus
  • Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required and the degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School; credential service reports are not acceptable. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:
    • Official or attested letter from the undergraduate college, university Registrar, or Controller of Examinations office
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or degree statements, are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction
  • An official letter stating successful completion of one of the following UW Intensive English Programs (IEP). The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School
  • Complete an English language proficiency exam. International TOEFL iBT, 80 minimum (92 recommended) or 6.5 minimum (7.0 recommended) IELTS;* English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university. Students are required to complete designated UW Academic English Program courses if their score is higher than the minimum but less than recommended. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency

    *Only IELTS​ test dates prior to June 1, 2017 will be accepted.

NOTE: Most test scores are valid for two years. Applicants with scores below the minimum score requirements are highly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application. ALL SCORES must be submitted electronically to the University of Washington. Instructions on submitting these scores can be found at the Graduate School website.


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The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office, 448 Schmitz Hall, at least 10 days in advance of the event at 206-543-8924 (voice), 206-543-8925 (TTY), 206-616-8379 (fax) or uwdss@uw.edu (email).

Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program

As a unit of the UW Graduate School, the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) (http://grad.uw.edu/diversity/go-map/) is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.