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Application Process

Application Deadline

January 15

Application Procedure

Students are admitted Autumn Quarter only. Applications for admission must be received by January 15. Due to possible administrative or mail delays, we suggest that applicants submit all materials early to ensure full consideration. Departments may process applications starting January 1. Please note that most of the materials have to be submitted online with the application to the Graduate School.

Please see the basic information and further instructions from the Graduate School.

Selection Procedure

From January 1 to January 15 applications are sorted and distributed to the relevant departments. Each department has a committee that reviews all the applicants to their discipline, identifies the top candidates, and provides a rank ordered list of about 5-6 students to the PhD Program Faculty Director and Program Coordinator. We extend offers based on the faculty-generated lists and the number of openings available to each department. Campus visits are encouraged; financial support for visits is offered based on timing and availability.

Please keep in mind the following. First, it is critical to submit all of your application materials by the due date. Second, it is the faculty within the department, not the Director or the Coordinator, who makes the admission decisions. Third, the decisions are made after January 15. Fourth, most GMAT scores of all those that apply are above 600 (68th percentile of all test takers) and thus it is rare that anyone is admitted with a a score below 600. The average GMAT score was 720 for the last three incoming classes.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the past research and current interests of department faculty in their desired area of specialization. Regarding research, faculty can be contacted directly. For department-specific questions about the program, contact the area coordinators using information available under the Areas of Specialization tab.

Transcripts

Please submit one official transcript from each university you have attended only when we have offered admission. The transcript should be sealed in an envelope with the school registrar’s signature across the seal and sent to us unopened. Please note that international applicants have to submit another official transcript to Graduate School Admissions when admitted.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required. Individuals who can address your academic performance and promise should complete the recommendation.

Resume

Submit a copy of your resume. Be sure it includes relevant experience not addressed elsewhere in your application materials.

Statement of Purpose

This can also be referred to as statement of academic objectives. Please state as clearly as possible your objective in pursuing a PhD program and your areas of interest for teaching and research. Please let us know if you wish to be considered for our financial aid package (a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships).

GMAT

Applicants should take the GMAT in December or earlier, because scores from later examinations will not arrive in time. For registration information and testing locations, call 800-GMATNOW for U.S and 800-462-8669 for Canada or visit the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) website at www.mba.com. Request that GMAC send your official scores to the University of Washington, school code 459-75-53. Allow three to four weeks for our office to receive your scores. We can also accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but GMAT scores are preferable.

Requirements for All Applicants

For applicants whose native language is not English, both English language proficiency and additional English spoken language proficiency requirements must be met.

  1. English Language Proficiency Requirements

    Applicants to the Michael G. Foster School of Business whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by:
    (1) Obtaining 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, where English is the medium of instruction, or by:
    (2) Reporting an English language proficiency test score with the following minimum score: TOEFL iBT: 92.

  2. Additional Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirements

    Applicants to the Michael G. Foster School of Business who are not native speakers of English must satisfy this additional Spoken English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways to qualify for the financial aid package.
    (1) Obtain a bachelor’s 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, where English is the medium of instruction.
    (2) Submit a speaking score of at least 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT, or 65 on the Versant Spoken English test administered at the University of Washington.

The University will not accept TOEFL scores that are more than two years old.