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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 next Cohort


Round Application deadline
1 November 1, 2021, 11:59 pm PST (Open to all applicants)
2 February 3, 2022, 11:59 pm PST (Priority deadline for domestic applicants, final deadline for international applicants planning to apply for a new student visa)
3 April 11, 2022, 11:59 pm PST* (Open to domestic applicants and international candidates who already possess a valid study-eligible visa, including transferring an I-20 from another school)


Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For inquiries, please contact [email protected]

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Important Dates

Candidates who are admitted to the MS ENTRE program at Foster are required to attend a series of orientation events prior to the official UW start date. Please be sure to mark your calendar for the following mandatory events should you be admitted to the upcoming Class of 2023 cohort.

Orientation: June 14-16, 2022
Program Begins: Classes start June 20, 2022

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 or its equivalent from a foreign institution. 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 2020)

Essay 1 (500 words)

We believe that successful entrepreneurs are strong at both leading themselves and leading others. Give us specific examples (in up to 500 words) of how you have exhibited both of these dimensions of entrepreneurial leadership in your personal or professional life.

Essay 2 (600 words)

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.


We’d like you to show us who you are beyond what we read on paper. Create a short video (60-90 seconds) describing a transformative experience in your life that fundamentally changed you. What was the experience and how did it change you?

When recording your video:

  • Feel free to be creative. 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, leadership, interpersonal skills, and coachability. Both letters need to be submitted to your application for your application to be ready for the review process.

Transcripts & GPA Calculation

You must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to be considered for admission. The minimum GPA is 3.0 for the last 90-quarter or 60-semester credits. Studies conducted outside of the U.S. need to be converted to a four point scale (see below) and translated to English. Transcripts are required for all undergraduate and graduate-level institutions attended.

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.

Required format for all transcripts
Do not send official transcripts to our office via mail. Scan copies of your original transcripts in PDF file format and upload them to the online application. Make sure to include any transcript keys that describe the institution’s grading scale. These are typically found on the back side of most domestic transcripts.

The Graduate School Application asks applicants to report their Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 0.0 – 4.0 scale for the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits. If your university was not on such a system, please refer to the instructions provided on the Graduate School “Understanding the Application Process” for converting from an international grading system to a 4.0 scale. If you would like to calculate your GPA prior to applying, the application refers applicants to the Foreign Credits website, and to use the GPA calculator for this process.

If you attended a university that does not grade courses or provide a GPA, check the “I do not have a GPA” box. Self-generated online grade reports or versions that have been cut and pasted into a Word document will not be accepted.

The following information must be on 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 2015 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 one of the following English language proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL exam: minimum score requirement is 92 iBT
    • IELTS exam: minimum score requirement is 7.0
    • Duolingo: minimum score requirement is 120 (this exam will only be accepted until autumn 2022)

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 conducted online 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.

Completed applications will be reviewed after each round and admission notifications sent via email 4-8 weeks after the applicable deadline. 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-2020, 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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