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The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program reviews applications on a rolling basis. Complete applications submitted by the dates listed below are reviewed and provided with an admission decision in five weeks of the review date.

Application Review Dates and Final Deadlines for the 2018-2019 Cohort

August 15
October 15
December 15 (International applicants deadline)
February 15 (Domestic – U.S. citizens, permanent residents application deadline)

Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort are open.

Stay in the know for info session dates, deadlines, and more.

Admission Requirements

Each year, the Michael G. Foster School of Business selects individuals for admission to the MS in Entrepreneurship program who are looking to hone their business skills, develop entrepreneurial expertise, and gain experience from Seattle founders. These applicants have demonstrated the greatest capacity for high-quality academic work and will contribute to the diversity of both the student body and the Seattle entrepreneurial community. Applicants will be selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program but also for the experiences and knowledge they can contribute to the class. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and solid skills in quantitative analysis. All aspects of your application, including the fulfillment of the admission requirements, are subject to verification.

Degree Requirements

Foster MS in Entrepreneurship applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 90-quarter or 60-semester credits. Studies conducted outside of the U.S. do not need to be converted to a four point scale, but transcripts should be translated to English.

We review each applicant’s undergraduate history, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum, the scholastic quality of the school, and the existence of any social or economic disadvantage that may have affected past academic performance. Your prior scholastic performance should indicate an ability to complete graduate level work.

Application Components

You must submit all application materials (outlined in the headers below) by the deadline to be considered. Click on each heading to learn more.

Create your online application profile via the UW Graduate Admissions website. After creating your profile, you will be asked to select program information:

  1. Select your application type: “Graduate”
  2. Select your graduate program: “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – MS in Entrepreneurship”
  3. Indicate your desired entry date (e.g. Summer 2018)

Personal Statement (750 words maximum)

Describe your past entrepreneurial experience and tell us about the factors that have influenced your decision to become an entrepreneur. Talk about the entrepreneurial opportunity you would like to pursue through this program. If you don’t have a specific idea yet, no problem. Tell us what you’re passionate about (software, clean tech, music, food, pop-up shops) and how that passion might play out.

Short Essay 1 (500 words)

What are the 5 to 7 skills/traits you think an entrepreneur MUST have? How would you rank yourself (1-5, with 5 being high) against that list? And explain (briefly!) why you gave yourself that score.

Short Essay 2 (500 words)

Choose one of these 2 questions:
What company, currently in existence, do you wish you’d started? Why?
What problem that currently exists in the world would you most like to solve? How would you begin?


Create a short video (60-90 seconds) in response to one of the questions below. Have fun with the video. We’re looking forward to getting to know you! Please note: Videos of more than 90 seconds will not be viewed. Answer one of these questions:
What’s unique about you?
Would you rather be lucky or smart?
Are entrepreneurs born or made? And which one are you?

Your resume must be uploaded to your online application. It should be a complete summary of your education, key student activities, and professional work history (if applicable) in reverse chronological format. For each student activity and work position, include:

  • Company or organization name
  • Position title
  • Dates of engagement
  • Responsibility summary: a 2 to 4 sentence section describing your primary responsibilities for each position
  • Accomplishment bullets: 2 to 4 bullets for each position
Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should speak to your entrepreneurial ability and could come from your supervisor at work, a colleague, a fellow student, a mentor, or a professor. Designate your recommenders in your online application. Recommenders will receive an email directing them to the online recommendation form. We encourage you to prioritize recommenders who know you well and can provide rich detail. Your recommenders will be asked to comment on your level of self-awareness, leadership, capacity to follow through on a project or idea, and coachability.
Transcripts are required from all college institutions in which a degree was granted. For the application review process, you are required to upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your online application. These documents should be generated by the institution (e.g., a scan of an official document or a PDF created from a student portal). Anything appearing self-generated is not considered a valid document.

If you are offered admission to MS in Entrepreneurship, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcripts to the UW Graduate School. Please do not mail official transcripts to the MS in Entrepreneurship office; additional instructions will be provided to admitted students.
Required content for all transcripts:

  • Full name of applicant (former names are acceptable if indicated on application)
  • Name of degree-granting institution
  • Title(s) of academic degree(s) awarded
  • Dates of enrollment, including date of graduation/degree conferral
  • Names of individual courses
  • Grades, marks, or ratings of individual courses
  • International transcripts must include official English translations
  • Both marks sheets and degree statements are required, if applicable
The GMAT or GRE is not required. However, individuals with scores from 2013 or later may choose to submit them for admission consideration. If you are concerned about your GPA, you may want to consider taking the GMAT or GRE to help support a low GPA.

If you choose to include your score, request that your official scores be sent to the University of Washington MS in Entrepreneurship Program. Include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Score sections in the online application.
GMAT Score Reporting: University of Washington – Seattle, Michael G. Foster School of Business, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (code 459-75-94).
GRE Score Reporting: University of Washington (Institution Code–4854)

Proficiency in English is required for admission to a graduate program at the University of Washington. If your native language is not English, the University of Washington requires you to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete the TOEFL exam. The MS in Entrepreneurship requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT / 600 PBT

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.

The Michael G. Foster School of Business takes very seriously the standards of ethical behavior of its students. To ensure the admission process integrity, applicants must confirm the following statement of integrity in the online application:
“I certify that the statements in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that withholding, misrepresenting or giving false information will invalidate my application. I understand the Foster School of Business may contact the individuals who wrote my letters of recommendation, past employers, schools I have attended, and other organizations or individuals I have listed in this application to confirm the accuracy of the information set forth. I acknowledge that the application fee and submitted records are not returnable.”
A non-refundable application fee of $85 must be paid by credit card through the online application system. You must submit a separate application and pay a separate application fee for each graduate program you are applying to. We are not able to transfer applications between programs.

Next Steps

This section contains information about what you can expect after you have submitted your application.

For applicants whose complete application is submitted by the review date: August 15, October 15, December 15 (International applicant deadline) or February 15 (Domestic application deadline), an admissions decision will be provided within five weeks of the review date.

All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through email only. Application status updates will be displayed on the online application status page.

Once an offer of admission has been made, the applicant will have three weeks to consider the offer and pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable $1,500 tuition deposit. This deposit must be paid with a credit card online and is applied to the summer quarter tuition balance.
If you are an admitted international applicant and indicated you would be requesting an I-20 or DS-2019, you will be given separate instructions. The request for visa status requires you to provide statements of financial ability. Refer to our tuition and fees section for more information. Due to the program starting in summer quarter, there is a limited amount of time to submit your request and provide the financial documents. Delaying this process may result in not obtaining your visa in time to join the program.

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