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Full-time MBA Admissions FAQ

Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions from applicants that we receive each year. We keep this information up to date to be helpful and informative for applicants. If you have any questions after reviewing our recommendations below, you can always reach out to [email protected] so that we may best assist you.

GPA

The application asks for my GPA is several sections. Should I report my cumulative GPA or my last 60/90 credits?

We recommend that you report and enter your cumulative GPA, as stated on your bachelor’s degree transcript, in all sections that ask for your GPA on the application.

Should I calculate my GPA based on my last 60/90 credits?

We recommend that you report your cumulative GPA throughout your application. You do not need to calculate the last 60 semester/90 quarter credits, which is typically the coursework within your major, unless you have that information readily available on your transcript.

Do I need to calculate my GPA on a U.S. 4.0 scale?

Yes. We ask you to calculate your cumulative GPA on a U.S. 4.0 scale if your institution’s grading scale is not on a 4.0 scale. Please use the Scholaro GPA conversion resources provided in the application portal.

I attended a school outside of the United States. How do I report my GPA if it is not on a U.S. 4.0 scale?

All applicants should calculate their GPA to a U.S. 4.0 scale if the GPA isn’t already on this scale. Please use the Scholaro GPA conversion resources provided in the application portal to calculate your GPA to a U.S. 4.0 scale.

My school does not provide grades. How do I report my GPA?

Most schools provide some form of letter or number grades, marks, percentages or other form of scoring. Please calculate your institution’s scoring methods to a U.S. 4.0 scale. If your university does not provide grades, there is a box on the application which you can check to indicate this.

My GPA is below a 3.0. Can I still apply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply if your GPA is below a 3.0. Each year we admit applicants with GPA’s that may fall below a preferred 3.0 GPA who have strong MBA qualifications. We recommend that you refer to our Class Profile and consider how you can strengthen your application and demonstrate your academic readiness in other parts of your application. Our admissions counselors would be happy to talk with you more about this if you’d like to make an appointment by emailing us at [email protected].

If I am a re-applicant from a previous year to either the Full-time or Evening MBA Program, can I reuse my letter(s) of recommendation from a previous year?

Yes, you can reuse letter(s) of recommendation.  You should first ensure the prior recommendations are the most accurate and current letters of recommendation that you want included in your new application before proceeding.  Please note that any dates or language specific to your previous application will remain part of these recommendation(s).

If you would like to use prior year recommendations, please follow these steps closely so that we can transfer your prior letters of recommendation into your new application.

Please designate your recommender(s) in your online application and select that they will submit their recommendation by mail. This ensures that your recommender(s) will not receive an automated email requesting their recommendation.

Once you submit your application, email [email protected] and let us know that you would like to reuse previous letter(s) of recommendation, the previous year you applied, and your application ID numbers.

Do I need to submit an official or unofficial transcript in my application?

We recommend that you scan copies of your original transcripts and upload them as a PDF file to your application. Make sure to include all pages and any transcript keys that describe the institution’s grading scale. These are typically found on the back side of most domestic transcripts. Self-generated online grade reports or versions that have been cut and pasted into a Word document will not be accepted.

Where do I send my official transcript?

Please do not send official transcripts to our office by mail or digitally. You may submit your application using copies of your original official transcripts. Should you be admitted to Foster, we will provide further instructions on how to submit your official transcripts to the University of Washington Graduate School once an offer of admission is extended.

How do I submit my transcript if the file is too large to upload to my application?

Please attempt to compress your transcript file size using tools such as Adobe Acrobat or other PDF compressors and upload it to your application. If your transcript is still too large, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Does my transcript need to be translated if it is not in English?

Yes, if your original transcript is not in English, you must submit an official translation in addition to the copy of your original transcript. Transcripts and degree documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with an official English translation (translated by a university, government official/organization, or a certified translation service, example: American Translators Association.)

Do I need to submit transcripts for every school I have attended, including schools that I transferred from or where I did not earn a degree?

Please submit your transcript from the undergraduate institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree at a minimum. We also recommend that you include transcripts for all other coursework that you would like to be considered with your application, including community colleges with transfer credits. You should also include transcripts for any graduate degrees earned or additional coursework taken.

Do I need to submit a transcript if I took classes to earn a certificate or pursued continuing education?

Please include transcripts for all pertinent coursework and academic history that you would like the admissions committee to consider with your application.

I have a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply?

The University of Washington Graduate School requires that all graduate students have the equivalent to a 4-year undergraduate degree from the United States for admission. In some situations, additional course work or degrees in addition to a 3-year degree may meet the requirement. If you have questions about your degree prior to applying, please inquire at [email protected].

Can I have the TOEFL requirement waived?

All applicants should meet the University of Washington’s English Language Proficiency requirement. We cannot waive this requirement and we cannot waive the TOEFL exam. However, you may choose a method other than the TOEFL exam to meet the requirement, if applicable. There are several ways to demonstrate English Language Proficiency outlined in the UW Graduate School Memo 8 if English is not your native language.

My transcript is in English. Does this satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement?

No, transcripts in English do not satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement for a Medium of Instruction document. Your transcript or an official letter from your college or university must clearly state that the Medium of Instruction was 100% in English to fulfill the requirement.

My university conducts all courses in English, do I still need to take the TOEFL?

You do not need to take the TOEFL exam if the Medium of Instruction of your entire degree program was in English and your transcript clearly states that the Medium of Instruction was English. In this case, you may provide an official letter from your university stating that the Medium of Instruction was English.

English is not my native language, but I am living and working in the United States. Do I still need to take the TOEFL Exam?

You must submit documentation of English Language Proficiency as outlined in the UW Graduate School Memo 8 if English is not your native language. Living and working in the United States does not satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.

Do I need to submit my official TOEFL scores? How do I report my official scores to Foster?

If you are submitting the TOEFL exam to meet the English Language Requirement, official TOEFL scores are required. Please submit them to the UW Graduate School using school code 4854 on the ETS website.

English is not my native language, but I attended university in the United States or another English-speaking country. Do I still need to take the TOEFL?

You will not be required to take the TOEFL exam if you have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, or the United States, and where English is the Medium of Instruction. Please be sure to submit complete transcripts with your application as documentation.

Does Foster accept the TOEFL My Best Score?

Yes, we accept the TOEFL My Best Score.

Does Foster accept IELTS?

No, we do not accept IELTS exam scores.

In the Employment History section of the application, should I report my work experience in order of  position or by company/organization?

You should report your employment history in chronological order to best represent your professional growth and experience.

In the Employment History section of the application, do I need to list all work experience, including part time jobs or internships?

In the online application, you may list your post-college work experience in the Employment History section if you prefer. Please do make sure that your resume is comprehensive and includes all relevant work experience, including part-time work and internships.

I don’t have any work experience; can I still apply to the MBA Program?

Admissions to the Full-time MBA Program is competitive and work experience is highly valued. While you are welcome to apply with no work experience, the average student enters the program with strong work experience. Please refer to our current Class Profile for information on the average work experience of admitted students.

Do you require official GMAT or GRE scores? How do I report my official scores to Foster?

Official GMAT or GRE scores are a required component of your complete application. While we can conduct an initial review your application with your self-reported scores, official scores are required before an admission decision can be made. To report your official GMAT scores, use school code 459-75-20. To report your official GRE scores, use school code 4854.

I have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once. Which score will Foster consider?

We will always consider your highest overall test score.

Can I have the GMAT or GRE requirement waived?

GMAT or GRE test scores are required for all applicants and cannot be waived.

How soon after the deadline do I need to report my official GMAT or GRE scores?

Please submit your official GMAT or GRE test scores as close to the application deadline as possible. While we can conduct an initial review your application with your self-reported scores, official scores are required before an admission decision can be made.

I plan on re-taking the GMAT or GRE after the application deadline. Will my new scores be considered?

You are welcome to report updated test scores. We recommend you contact us with this information and the date which we can expect the new scores at [email protected].  Please keep in mind that, while the admissions committee will do their best to consider updated scores, scores submitted after the application deadline are not guaranteed to be considered with your application.

Does Foster prefer one test over another?

No, there is no preference toward the GMAT or GRE and the choice is the applicant’s.

Do you accept the Executive Assessment (EA) for admission to the Full-time MBA Program?

No, we do not. Applicants to the Full-time MBA Program should submit GMAT or GRE test scores.

I can’t take the GMAT or GRE because of COVID-19. Can I apply without test scores?

The GMAT and GRE exams are currently also offered in an online, at-home test format to provide options to test takers unable to take a test center-based exam because of the virus. These online, at-home test options will be available through the end of the 2020 year to accommodate applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

I can’t get an online GMAT or GRE exam date until after the application deadline. Can I apply with no test scores and update my application after the deadline?

Applicants should apply to the earliest application deadline to which they can submit their strongest complete application. If you are unable to take the GMAT or GRE before the application deadline, we advise looking ahead to preparing a strong and complete application for the next application round.

When can I expect to receive my invitation to complete the required video interview?

You can expect an email invitation to complete your required video interview from Kira Talent 3-4 business days after the application deadline.

When will I know if I am invited to an admission interview?

Admission interviews are by invitation only and will be sent by email to select applicants 3-5 weeks after the application deadline.

When can I expect a decision on my application?

Please refer to the Admissions webpage for application decision notification dates by round.

Can Foster provide me feedback on my application if I am denied admission?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide denied candidates with feedback. There normally is not a single deciding factor that led to a denial, and the decision is usually dependent on the competitiveness of the entire applicant pool. If you are interested in reapplying for the program next year and wish to speak with an admissions counselor about ways to strengthen your application, you may contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

What if I want to defer my acceptance and attend the following year?

If you are admitted to the program and need to defer for one academic year, you can formally request to defer. The admissions committee considers these requests on a case by case basis.

I haven’t received an admission interview invitation yet. Does that mean I am not being invited to interview at all?

We continue to review applications and communicate with applicants regarding next steps in the admissions process throughout the application round.

What are the merit scholarships available to the Full-time MBA Program?

Each year we award a significant number of merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 across the 2-year program. We may also award Tuition Waivers to out-of-state students, which reduces the non-resident tuition obligation to the lower, in-state tuition rate, in addition to merit scholarships. Additionally, Consortium applicants who are awarded Consortium Fellowships receive a full-tuition and fees scholarship across the 2-year program.

How do I apply for merit scholarships?

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships upon application to the Foster Full-time MBA Program. Your application for admission is also your application for scholarship consideration, and we consider all aspects of your application when awarding merit-based scholarships. There is no separate or additional application to be considered for Foster scholarships.

How do I apply to be considered for ROMBA or Forté Fellowships?

If you are interested in being considered for ROMBA or Forté Fellowships, we encourage you to complete the Optional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion essay as part of your application:

“At the Foster School of Business, we embrace diversity as one of the foundations of both successful business strategy and a world-class educational experience. We share the University’s dedication to promoting the understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas. We welcome you to share some of the ways you have practiced inclusion, promoted equity or supported the advancement of underrepresented groups.”

How do I apply for a Consortium Fellowship?

To be considered for a Consortium Fellowship, applicants must apply through the Consortium for Graduate Management Studies. Please visit The Consortium website to learn more about the application process and requirements and the benefits of Consortium membership.

Does Foster offer an application fee waiver?

Unfortunately, Foster is unable to offer fee waivers as our application portal and fee is managed by the UW Graduate School. A limited number of fee waivers are available through the Graduate School based on financial need. Please visit the Graduate School website for more information.

What is the application deadline for international students?

The Round 2 application deadline is the final deadline for international applicants to ensure enough time for students to obtain the necessary visas by the start of the school year.

Can I apply to multiple Foster MBA programs?

You are welcome to apply to multiple MBA programs at Foster. Each MBA or master’s program has its own application and admissions process, so you will need to complete an application to each individual program you wish to apply to.

Do you have rolling admission?

We review applications at the deadline to which they were submitted and send out admission decisions in general within 2-3 months after the deadline. Please see the Admission Notification dates for the date to which you can expect to hear a final admission decision.

Can I apply to start in the spring term?

Our program starts once a year in the fall.

I would like to submit the Optional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Essay, but I do not see a prompt or space to upload my DEI Essay in my application. How do I submit my DEI Essay?

Our Full-time MBA Application for 2021 went live in mid-July, so if you created your application profile prior to July 2020, you likely do not have the new Optional Diversity Equity & Inclusion Essay option in your application profile. You can definitely still submit this essay if you would like to! Here are two solutions for applicants hoping to submit a DEI Essay:

  1. Create a new application profile for the Full-time MBA Program for Autumn 2021. Unfortunately, there is not a way to transfer information between applications, so you will need to complete a new profile, re-upload application materials, and designate recommenders. In doing this, the DEI Essay prompt will be automatically included in your new application with a space to upload your essay.
  2. Alternatively, you may upload your DEI Essay to the third essay section, titled “Optional Essay,” of your application. Please ensure the file and essay are clearly labeled as your DEI Essay. If you are hoping to complete both the DEI Essay and the Optional Essay, please combine both essays into one document and ensure the file itself and each essay are clearly labeled.

If you have additional questions about this, please reach out to us directly at [email protected].

The online application portal will not let me submit my application because I have missing or incomplete requirements, but they are listed as optional. How do I complete my application?

You can submit your application without completing optional requirements. If the UW Graduate School application portal is not allowing you to submit your application, it is likely due to an incomplete requirement. Please review your application for completeness and errors. You can submit your application without items marked with an asterisk (*) or double asterisk (**) even if they are listed as incomplete.