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Master of Supply Chain Management Admissions

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines will be updated for 2022 admissions. Please check back in August.

Application Requirements

Individuals selected for admission into the MSCM Program are those who have demonstrated the highest potential for achievement in the supply chain management profession. These applicants have shown the greatest capacity for high-quality academic work and will contribute to the diversity of both the student body and the ranks of supply chain leaders. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong communication skills and solid skills in quantitative analysis. 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. All aspects of your application, including the fulfillment of the admission requirements, are subject to verification.

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Online Applicant Profile

In order to apply to the MSCM program, you must first create a new applicant profile via the UW Graduate School 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 – M of Supply Chain Management”
  3. Indicate your desired entry date (e.g. Summer 2019)


Both are required
1. Why Foster MSCM? (500 words max)
Tell us what interests you about supply chain management. Explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree in SCM.

2. What is your impact? (500 words max)
Tell use what impact you have had on the world around you. Give us an example of a challenging work or personal situation you’ve encountered and the outcome. Describe a time you had a positive impact on someone.

Resume & Work Experience

Post-undergraduate professional experience is desirable, but not required. The range of work experience of the current class is 0 – 18 years.

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

  • Company name and division/group/department
  • Position title
  • Dates of employment or internship
  • Responsibility summary – a 2 to 4 sentence section describing your primary responsibilities for each position
  • Accomplishment bullets – 2 to 4 bullets for each position

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

Official GMAT or GRE Score Report

We are offering selective test waivers for 2021 – please see the next tab for more information.

All MSCM applicants1 2 are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

These exams are offered year-round and can be taken multiple times. Scores are valid for five years and you must take the exam at least two weeks before the admissions deadline to allow for the scores to be matched with your application. If you have taken the exam more than once, the admissions committee will use your highest total score to evaluate your application.

Request that your official scores be sent to the University of Washington MSCM 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 Supply Chain Management (school code: 459-75-78)
GRE Score Reporting: University of Washington (school code: 4854)

While there is not a minimum score required, the 80th percentile score for GMAT in the current class is 500-650 and the average combined GRE is 308.

What if my official test scores do not arrive by the deadline?
We cannot guarantee that late test scores will be considered in our evaluation of your admissions application. You should make every effort to have a complete application by the admissions deadline.

The GMAT/GRE cannot be waived for work experience.

1UW Foster Seniors and Recent Graduates: The GMAT or GRE requirement will be waived for applicants who have graduated with an OSCM option from the Foster School in the 3 years

2Applicants who have previously earned an advanced degree may qualify for a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement on a case by case basis.

Test Waivers

A limited number of GRE/GMAT test waivers may be awarded to prospective MSCM applicants on a case-by-case basis for the Summer 2021 application cycle. Completion of a waiver request form does not guarantee the award of a test waiver, nor is it a guarantee of an offer of admission. Being awarded a test waiver does not guarantee admission, and candidates must still apply to the MSCM Program by the application deadline for full consideration. Late test waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please review the below information and if you wish to be considered for the waiver email Recruiting & Admissions Manager, Kathy Wong at [email protected].

Selection Criteria

Several factors will be considered when evaluating test waiver requests. The admissions committee will be looking closely for indicators of academic and professional accomplishment and potential for success in this program, including:

  • Minimum 3 years of progressive professional full-time work experience
  • Previous degrees in a quantitative/analytical discipline such as STEM (I.e., science, technology, engineering, statistics, economics, finance, information systems, mathematics)
  • Successful completion of quantitative coursework on transcript, such as such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, finance, engineering, economics, or other advanced math courses
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale from a four-year university or college
  • Professional certification or credential(s) that demonstrate analytical/quantitative abilities

*Graduates of the UW Foster School of Business with an Operations Supply Chain Management option within the last 3 years are automatically granted a waiver

Proof of English Language Proficiency

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

  • 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, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Complete the TOEFL exam. Minimum score requirement is 92 iBT / 580 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. Scores must be sent directly to the University of Washington (school code 4854).

Letters of Recommendation

Two recommendation letters are required. Preferably, recommendations should be provided by professional contacts versus academic or personal contacts. Designate your recommenders in your online application profile. Recommenders will receive an email directing them to the online recommendation form.

Video Interview

You are required to complete a short video interview while your application is under review. The video interview allows us to get to know you better, evaluate your communication skills and your ability to think quickly and creatively. Interview invitations and instructions will be sent via email.

Non-refundable Application Fee $85

The fee can be paid only online via the UW Graduate School application portal, using a MasterCard or Visa credit/debit cards.

Next Steps

Notification of Admission Decision

For applicants who submit a complete application, an admissions decision will be sent in February through March, depending on the application round. All communication regarding the status of the application, including admission decisions, will be through email only. Application status updates will be displayed on the online application status page.

Once an offer of admission has been made, the applicant will have two 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.

Offer and Tuition Deposit

Once an offer of admission has been made, the applicant will have two 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.

International Applicants

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. 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.

MSCM Orientation

All admitted students are required to attend our Week of Welcome Orientation activities a week before classes start. The sessions are designed to help you get to know your classmates and prepare you for success in the program.

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