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GEMBA Application Requirements

Degree Requirement

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 demonstrate capable English written and verbal communication skills.

Proof of English Language Proficiency Requirement

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

All other applicants must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 92 iBT. Applicants with a TOEFL score of 84 – 91 may take one quarter of the Intensive English Program at the University of Washington, and upon successful completion, transfer to the GEMBA program.

Official Transcripts

Applicants will be required to upload a copy of their unofficial transcript with the online application packet. If offered admission 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. Mailing addresses and instructions will be provided on the online application status page.

GMAT Criteria

If a candidate is nominated and sponsored by their organization, GMAT will be waived as a requirement. If a candidate is self-sponsored and is not supported by an organization, the candidate must take the GMAT and submit the score as part of the application process. GMAT scores should be submitted to GEMBA Program code 459-75-40.

Statement of Financial Ability

International applicants must submit a Financial Ability Form with supporting official documentation showing adequate financial resources to cover the cost of one-year of study. The Financial Ability Form will be available in the online Graduate Application Status Page once admission to the program has been offered and accepted.

Once financial ability is confirmed, the University of Washington will issue the I-20. When presented to a U.S. consul, these forms enable a student to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa respectively.

Employer Letter of Support

If a candidate to the GEMBA program is nominated and sponsored by his/her organization, then he/she must submit a letter from their employer explaining how and why the candidate is being supported. This letter will be used in lieu of a GMAT score. The employer letter of support should be written by the candidate’s manager and include the following items:

  • Candidate’s length of service with the company
  • Candidate’s role and responsibilities
  • Explanation of how the candidate (and company) will benefit from attending the GEMBA Program.
  • Statement of financial support and/or time away from the company
  • The letter should be prepared on company letterhead and include the manager’s telephone and email address.

Click here to review a sample Employer Letter of Support.

Letter of Recommendation

Self-sponsored applicants will be required to submit a letter of recommendation from a current or previous supervisor. The letter should be written on company letterhead and include information on the following areas:

  • The relationship of the recommender to the applicant and how long he/she has known the applicant
  • The perception of the applicant’s major areas of strength
  • The perception of the applicant’s experience as a manager and potential for general management

Supplemental Requirements

These items will be required after you have been accepted to the GEMBA Program.

Insurance for International Students

All regularly admitted, degree-seeking international students who are not attending the University of Washington as part of an exchange program are required to purchase the UW Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan or apply for a waiver. Please see the Office of International Students & Scholars website for more information or to fill out a waiver form.

Measles Immunity Verification

All matriculated University of Washington (UW) students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until they have satisfied this requirement.