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Admissions

Application is now open for classes starting in June 2023.

The GEMBA Admissions Committee considers a variety of factors including professional experience, academic background, and test results. If company-sponsored, a candidate’s support letter from their company’s organizational leadership also plays an important role. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Please review the application deadlines information below. Classes start June 20, 2023. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or if you need help navigating the application process. If would like to schedule an informational interview, please schedule an appointment. The informational interview discussion does not affect your application and is not a substitute for the required admissions interview.

The Application Process

  1. Start an application profile. Select “Graduate” as your application type and “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – Global Executive MBA” for your graduate program and “Summer 2023” for entering quarter.
  2. Submit completed application with all required supplementary materials with $85 application fee.
  3. Receive notification of interview two weeks after receipt of completed application.
  4. Receive admissions decision two weeks after the interview.
Round Deadline Receive Notification Enrollment Deadline
Early Application* October 1, 2022 November 15, 2022 December 23, 2022
Standard Application January 10, 2023 February 21, 2023 March 1, 2023

*To qualify for $20,000 early application scholarship, applicants must submit completed application with all required documents by Oct 1, 2022, and upon acceptance to the program make a $5,500 non-refundable deposit by December 23, 2022.

Global Executive MBA applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum of 6 years of professional work experience.

(Virtual and/or In-Person)
After completing an application and submitting all required supplementary materials, applicants will be required to participate in an interview with the GEMBA admissions committee before being formally accepted into the program. Receiving an interview appointment is not a guarantee of admission to the program. Typically interviews will be conducted virtually over Zoom.
Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Proficiency testing can be waived if one of the following can be demonstrated:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.

OR

  • Documentation verifying that the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from an institution where all instruction is in English.

OR

  • Complete an English Language Proficiency Exam. Refer to the table below for accepted exams and score requirements.
English Proficiency Exam Minimum Score Requirement
TOEFL 92 iBT
IELTS 7.0 or higher
DUOLINGO (DET) 120

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 applying. TOEFL scores must be sent directly to the University of Washington (school code 4854). IELTS test scores must submit official scores electronically via the IELTS system (E-TRF), using the University of Washington’s organization ID 365. An offer of admission cannot be extended prior to the receipt of official scores.

We encourage you to plan to study for the test(s) well in advance (6-12 months) of applying to the program.

If your test score is below 92 TOEFL iBT; 7.0 IELTS; 120 Duolingo, then you can check to see the qualifying scores and enroll in appropriate UW Academic English Program(s). These are virtual quarter-long classes so you will need to register for Summer 2022 and/or Autumn 2022 classes to meet the test requirement and include that information in your application prior to the deadline.

TOEFL iBT

Average of Reading & Writing Subscores Reading/Writing Placement
≤ 20.5 ENGL 102 (Early Fall, Autumn, and Winter)
21-22.5 ENGL 103 (Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 23 Exempt from ENGL 102 & 103
Average of Listening & Speaking Subscores Communication Placement
≤ 22.5 ENGL 104 (Early Fall, Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 23 Exempt from ENGL 104

IELTS

Average of Reading & Writing Subscores Reading/Writing Placement
≤ 6.0 ENGL 102 (Early Fall, Autumn, and Winter)
≤ 6.25 ENGL 103 (Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 6.75 Exempt from ENGL 102 & 103
Average of Listening & Speaking Subscores Communication Placement
≤ 6.5 ENGL 104 (Early Fall, Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 6.75 Exempt from ENGL 104

DET (Duolingo English Test)

Literacy Subscore Reading/Writing Placement
≤ 105 ENGL 102 (Early Fall, Autumn, and Winter)
110-115 ENGL 103 (Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 120 Exempt from ENGL 102 & 103
Average of Listening & Speaking Subscores Communication Placement
≤ 115 ENGL 104 (Early Fall, Autumn, Winter, and Spring)
≥ 120 Exempt from ENGL 104
Applicants will be required to upload a copy of their unofficial transcript with the online application packet. If admitted to the program, applicants will be notified by the UW Graduate School to submit the official transcript issued from the institution from which the degree was granted.
The GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment are not required for admission consideration. However, applicants with scores may submit them as supplemental information.
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Watch a quick tutorial about the GEMBA application process