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Admissions

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program begins each year in June. You may apply to any of the below deadlines, however, you may only submit one application per academic year.

Application deadlines for the June 2019 Cohort

Round Application deadline
1 October 14
2 January 13 (international applicant deadline)
3 March 3 (domestic applicant deadline)

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Admission Requirements

Each year, the Michael G. Foster School of Business selects individuals for admission to the MS in Entrepreneurship program who are looking to hone their business skills, develop entrepreneurial expertise, and gain experience from Seattle founders. These applicants have demonstrated the greatest capacity for high-quality academic work and will contribute to the diversity of both the student body and the Seattle entrepreneurial community. Applicants will be selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program but also for the experiences and knowledge they can contribute to the class. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and solid skills in quantitative analysis. All aspects of your application, including the fulfillment of the admission requirements, are subject to verification.

Degree Requirements

Foster MS in Entrepreneurship applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 90-quarter or 60-semester credits. Studies conducted outside of the U.S. do not need to be converted to a four point scale, but transcripts should be translated to English.

We review each applicant’s undergraduate history, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum, the scholastic quality of the school, and the existence of any social or economic disadvantage that may have affected past academic performance. Your prior scholastic performance should indicate an ability to complete graduate level work.

Work experience

We do value work experience, particularly as it relates to various aspects of entrepreneurship. This can be experience you’ve amassed since graduation or internships/summer experience you completed during your undergraduate program. If you have little or no internship or work experience, give us a call to discuss. And remember, it’s about quality, not quantity.

Application Components

You must submit all application materials (outlined in the headers below) by the deadline to be considered. Click on each heading to learn more.

Create your online application profile via the UW Graduate Admissions website. After creating your profile, you will be asked to select program information:

  1. Select your application type: “Graduate”
  2. Select your graduate program: “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – MS in Entrepreneurship”
  3. Indicate your desired entry date (e.g. Summer 2018)

Personal Statement (750 words maximum)

Describe your past entrepreneurial experience and tell us about the factors that have influenced your decision to become an entrepreneur. Talk about the entrepreneurial opportunity you would like to pursue through this program. If you don’t have a specific idea yet, no problem. Tell us what you’re passionate about (software, clean tech, music, food, pop-up shops) and how that passion might play out.

Short Essay 1 (500 words)

What are the 5 to 7 skills/traits you think an entrepreneur MUST have? How would you rank yourself (1-5, with 5 being high) against that list? And explain (briefly!) why you gave yourself that score.

Short Essay 2 (500 words)

Choose one of these 2 questions:
What company, currently in existence, do you wish you’d started? Why?
OR
What problem that currently exists in the world would you most like to solve? How would you begin?

Video

Applicants are asked to create a short video (60-90 seconds) in response to one of the questions below. Have fun with the video. We’re looking forward to getting to know you! Please note: Videos of more than 90 seconds will not be viewed. For the video, you can choose to answer one of three questions below:
What’s unique about you?
OR
Would you rather be lucky or smart?
OR
Are entrepreneurs born or made? And which one are you?

When recording your video, be sure to:

  • State the question you’re answering.
  • Have fun. This is a great opportunity for you to show us who you are—beyond what we read on paper.
  • Be cautious of background noise or other factors that might hinder your video’s sound.
  • Let us see you. Graphics are fine but we want to see you at some point during the video.
  • Be genuine. Produce a video that reflects who you are. We welcome introverts as much as extroverts.
Your resume must be uploaded to your online application. It should be a complete summary of your education, key student activities, and professional work history (if applicable) in reverse chronological format. For each student activity and work position, include:

  • Company or organization name
  • Position title
  • Dates of engagement
  • Responsibility summary: a 2 to 4 sentence section describing your primary responsibilities for each position
  • Accomplishment bullets: 2 to 4 bullets for each position
Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should speak to your entrepreneurial ability and could come from your supervisor at work, a colleague, a fellow student, a mentor, or a professor. We suggest designating your recommenders early, at least a few weeks before the application review date you are aiming for.

While completing the online application, you will be asked to list these two people. Once you have listed your recommenders, he/she will immediately receive an email from the UW Graduate School prompting him/her to complete an online assessment of you as well as write a letter of recommendation, if desired.

We encourage you to prioritize recommenders who know you well and can provide rich detail. Your recommenders will be asked to comment on your level of perseverance, bias for action, interpersonal skills, and coachability. Both letters need to be submitted to your application for your application to be ready for the review process.

Transcripts are required from all college institutions in which a degree was granted. For the application review process, we ask that you upload scanned copies of your official transcripts or degree conferral sheets and mark sheets from all degree-awarding institutions (undergraduate and any previous graduate degrees) along with your application. This information is used to assess your previous background, course work completed, grade point averages, etc.

Official sealed copies are only required if you are accepting an offer of admission into the program. This is for the purpose of verifying your degree completion. Anything appearing self-generated is not considered a valid document.

If you are offered admission to MS in Entrepreneurship, 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 MS in Entrepreneurship office; additional instructions will be provided to admitted students.
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
The GMAT or GRE is not required. We do not believe that GMAT and GRE tests are formal predictors of a candidate’s entrepreneurial aptitude or ability. We do measure an applicant’s academic aptitude by looking at their previous academic courses and GPA. However, individuals with GMAT or GRE scores from 2014 or later may choose to submit them for admission consideration. If you are concerned about your GPA, you may want to consider taking the GMAT or GRE to help support a low GPA.

If you choose to include your score, request that your official scores be sent to the University of Washington MS in Entrepreneurship Program. Include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Score sections in the online application.
GMAT Score Reporting: University of Washington – Seattle, Michael G. Foster School of Business, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (code 459-75-94).
GRE Score Reporting: University of Washington (Institution Code–4854)

Proficiency in English is required for admission to a graduate program at the University of Washington. If your native language is not English, the University of Washington requires you to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. 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. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
  2. Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required and the degree must be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree.
  3. An official letter stating successful completion of one of the following UW Intensive English Programs (IEP). The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  4. Complete the TOEFL exam. The MS in Entrepreneurship requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT / 600 PBT

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 submitting an application. ALL SCORES must be submitted electronically to the University of Washington. Instructions on submitting these scores can be found at the Graduate School website.

Interviews are by invitation only and take place after an initial review of your completed application.

Competitive applicants will be invited to interview with an MS in Entrepreneurship admissions team member. Each interview is meant to be a casual conversation that allows us to assess your communication skills and get to know you better. Interviews are held either in person or through video conferencing.

A non-refundable application fee of $85 must be paid by credit card through the online application system. You must submit a separate application and pay a separate application fee for each graduate program you are applying to. We are not able to transfer applications between programs.

Next Steps

This section contains information about what you can expect after you have submitted your application.

The review committee will take approximately four to six weeks to conduct a thorough review of your application. During this time, we may request to meet with you in person or over video conferencing if we have additional questions.

All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through email only.

Incomplete applications will be reviewed once all elements of the application are in place. If your application is incomplete, we will reach out to you to collect the missing information.

Once an offer of admission has been made, the applicant will have three weeks to consider the offer and pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable $1,500 tuition deposit. This deposit must be paid with a credit card online and is applied to the summer quarter tuition balance.
If you are an admitted international applicant and indicated you would be requesting an I-20 or DS-2019, you will be given separate instructions. The request for visa status requires you to provide statements of financial ability. Refer to our tuition and fees section for more information. Due to the program starting in summer quarter, there is a limited amount of time to submit your request and provide the financial documents. Delaying this process may result in not obtaining your visa in time to join the program.

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