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Admission to the Hybrid MBA Program is selective. Applicants must show an aptitude for business, demonstrated leadership capacity, and a strong commitment to managing online coursework and completing program requirements. The Hybrid MBA is work compatible (most classes are in the evenings), but each quarter is a full credit load. Applicants are selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program, but also for the experience and knowledge they can contribute to their classmates.

Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the University of Washington online application by the following dates. The application is currently closed. It will be open October 18th, 2021.

Admission Deadlines:
Round 1 – Feb 4, 2022
Round 2 – April 22, 2022
Round 3 – July 1, 2022

Our admissions committee will review applications after each round, invitations to interview will be issued within 2-4 weeks (for complete applications), and decisions 4-8 weeks after the applicable deadline.

Selection criteria

Professional experience

Applicants to the Hybrid MBA Program must have a minimum of 3 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience.

Demonstrated leadership potential

We assess this by looking at the applicant’s work experience, accomplishments in community and extracurricular activities, and the applicant’s recommendations.


Applicants to the Hybrid MBA Program are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Communications and interpersonal skills

These skills are evaluated in the required essays, recommendation letters and applicant interviews.

General intellectual ability

Applicants have the option to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), or the Executive Assessment (EA). We also review undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) history, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum and scholastic quality of the school.

Diversity and inclusion

In selecting the entering class, we will strive to create an environment representative of the organizations in which the students work. We believe that a diverse student body is reflected in the experience, cultural background, national origin, professions, career goals, living experiences and previous academic study of the students and helps to create such an environment.

Application process

  • Online Applicant Profile (create your profile here)
  • 2 Essays
  • Resume
  • 3 recommendations/assessments, one from current supervisor
  • Optional Admissions Exam (GMAT, EA or GRE)
  • Unofficial transcripts*
  • Proof of English language proficiency (view Memo #8 for details)
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • Interview (by invitation only)

NOTE: At this time, the Hybrid MBA Program cannot accept applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 student visas.

* If offered admission, official transcripts must be sent to the UW Graduate School

In order to apply to the Hybrid MBA program, you must first create a new applicant profile via the UW Graduate School website.


Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision at work (other than a job or career change). Briefly describe the circumstances, the pros and cons of the various options and how you responded.

    • Given the benefit of hindsight, do you think you made the best decision? Why or why not? What would you have done differently, if anything? What did you learn?

Note: A significant portion of your essay should cover a “post-mortem” analysis of the situation and your decision. We are less interested in your specific action, but rather your capacity for self-reflection.

This essay is about assessing your critical thinking skills and ability to learn from past experiences. (1500 word maximum)


The Personal Statement should be a maximum of 1000 words and must address both questions below:

    1. The format of an online degree program can be a challenge for some learners. Online programs require discipline, self-direction, resourcefulness, follow-through, and the ability to actively seek help when needed. Considering this, why do you think you will be successful in this Hybrid MBA Program? Describe a situation in which you successfully demonstrated these qualities. (500-word maximum)
  1. Why have you decided to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? Why do you think the Hybrid MBA Program is the best fit for you? (500-word maximum)

Your resume must be uploaded to your online application. It should be a complete summary of your professional work history in reverse chronological format. For each position, include:

  • Company name and division/group/department
  • Position title
  • Dates of employment (month and year)
  • Responsibility summary – a brief section describing your primary responsibilities
  • Accomplishment bullets – 3-6 bullets for most recent position and 1-3 for former positions

3 guided assessments/recommendations are required. One recommendation from your current supervisor, the other two from recent professional contacts. Designate your recommender in the online application. He/she will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the recommendation electronically.

An important item to keep in mind: Hybrid MBA Program accepts test scores older than 5 years, if you have a previous test score (maybe from your first Master’s degree), we suggest submitting these scores.

Candidates who may be competitive without a test score are those who can demonstrate quantitative ability and program readiness by showcasing several criteria:

Have both:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2+ at an accredited institution (using a 4.0 scale)
  • 8+ years of full-time, progressive work experience

As well as one of the following:

  • Graduate (masters or doctoral) degree
  • Professional credential (ie CPA, CFA, JD, etc)
  • Previous undergraduate degree in Business with a 3.6+ cumulative GPA (using a 4.0 scale)
  • Strong quantitative background (coursework or on the job experience)
    • Quantitative background could include Statistics, Engineering, Accounting, Technology, Calculus, Financial Modeling, Budget Forecasting, etc.

Test scores are strongly recommended if your transcript or work experience does not contain evidence of your quantitative abilities. If your GPA falls below the University of Washington Graduate School minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0, test scores can help demonstrate quantitative aptitude or mitigate concerns regarding academic readiness.

If you have questions about the test optional option waiver, please reach out to us by emailing [email protected]. We are happy to discuss this over email or the phone with you.

To apply test optional, please complete the “Test Optional Summary of Qualifications” section of the application. You will be asked to answer the following question. We advise that you stick to a 150-word maximum response:

  • Please detail the specific evidence in your academic and/or professional experience that supports your analytical and quantitative preparedness for success in our rigorous Hybrid MBA program

By completing this section you are not required to self-report GMAT or GRE scores. Please skip the GMAT and GRE sections in the application and leave them blank.

Test Optional FAQ

If I apply test optional, will it put my application behind those who apply with scores?
Not at all. For the Hybrid program, we consider applications based on a holistic evaluation of years of work experience, career growth, community involvement, empathy, and of course, academic or work exposure to business acumen and quantitative reasoning. We find the most value in the student’s personal reflective essays and 1:1 interviews; we want to get to know the whole you.

I already took the test and am happy with the results, should I still apply test optional?
We recommend anyone who already has test scores to submit them with their application. We do not have a minimum score requirement, and admit students with a wide range of scores:

  • Average GRE: 316
    • Scores can be sent to institution code 4854
  • Average GMAT: 619
    • Scores can be sent to University of Washington – Seattle – Michael G. Foster School of Business – Hybrid MBA
  • Average Executive Assessment: 149
    • Scores can be sent to University of Washington – Seattle – Michael G. Foster School of Business – Hybrid MBA

Applicants to Hybrid MBA are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate-level degrees earned. For the application review process, you are required to upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your online application.

If you are offered admission to Hybrid MBA, 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 Hybrid office; additional instructions will be provided to admitted students.

Transcripts from international institutions

A certified or attested copy of your academic record and diploma indicating the date and conferral of your degree are required.

If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. A school administrative officer of the institution from which the degree was received must certify official copies of credentials. If the institution will not issue an official translation, you may translate the transcripts and have your translation certified by a UW faculty member who is fluent in the particular language or you may contact your local consulate for translation assistance.

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

GPA Requirements
Competitive candidates typically have an undergraduate or graduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher. However, we holistically review applications when making an admissions decision. Performance on the GMAT or GRE, as well as other aspects of your application, may be used to assess your ability to succeed academically. If you have specific concerns related to your GPA, please contact one of our admissions counselors to discuss it.

Reporting your GPA
The Graduate School Application asks applicants to report their GPA on a 0.0 – 4.0 scale for their last two years of study (typically the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits.) Specific instructions are provided on the Graduate School website for calculating your GPA and/or converting marks from a different grading system into a 0.0-4.0 scale. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to accurately report your GPA.

A non-refundable application fee of $85 is required to submit your online application.

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. If your native language is NOT English, you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of several ways. Details and accepted exams are explained in Graduate School Memo #8. Applicants should contact the Hybrid MBA office to ensure that test scores will be valid.

Interviews are by invitation only and take place after an initial review of your completed application. Applicants invited for an interview will have the option of an in-person video or video conferencing. We encourage applicants to do in-person when possible.

Notification of Admission Decision
An admission decision will be provided via email approximately 4-6 weeks after an admission deadline. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through electronic mail.

If you are offered admission, you will need to submit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit, signed letter of agreement and photo release form by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. Typically you will have two weeks to accept an offer of admission. Upon accepting your offer of admission, formal enrollment to the UW Graduate School takes an additional 2-3 weeks. Additional steps include providing official transcripts to the Graduate School for verification and proof of measles (rubeola) immunization prior to registration in Program Immersion courses. Additional information will be provided to admitted students.

NOTE:  Due to limited classroom hours, the Hybrid MBA Program is not eligible for full-time international students requesting F-1 or J-1 visas. International professionals with a U.S. employment visa may be eligible for this work-compatible program. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Hybrid MBA technical requirements

While not an application requirement, it is important that applicants understand the technical requirements before applying to the program. You will need a technology setup that includes solid Internet connectivity, a computer, a webcam, headset, and software for synchronous sessions.

  • A Windows or Mac computer with at least 8 Gigabytes of RAM.
  • It will be possible to access some but not all Hybrid activities with a tablet or smartphone; therefore, we do not recommend them as your only means of accessing program materials and activities.
  • A high speed internet connection, 25 Mbps download, and 5Mbps upload speeds.
  • If you are using your workplace internet, please verify that the address “http://canvas.uw.edu” is whitelisted.
  • A good-quality webcam with a minimum 720p resolution.
  • A headset: headphones with a microphone, or earbuds with a built-in microphone.
  • Zoom software: download it from the Zoom website.

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