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Master of Supply Chain Management Admissions

Application Deadlines

The Foster MSCM Program offers one intake per year—each summer. You may apply to any of the below deadlines, however, you may only submit one application per academic year. We strongly encourage you to apply as early as you are able.

Round Application Deadline Receive Notification
1 December 15, 2021 4-6 weeks after December 15
2 January 17, 2022* 4-6 weeks after January 17
3 February 15, 2022 4-6 weeks after February 15

*Final deadline for F-1/J-1 international applicants

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 2022)

Essay

Tell us about your supply chain management education and/or experience. Explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree in MSCM. (250 words)

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 backside 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

Applicants have the option of applying with or without a GMAT or GRE test score for June 2022 admissions.

Applying with a GMAT or GRE score

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 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, a total GMAT score of mid-upper 600s and a combined GRE score of 310 or higher would be considered competitive.

Applying Test Optional

All applicants who choose to apply Test-Optional agree to complete the “GMAT/GRE Test Plans” and answer two short-answer questions in the place of submitting a GMAT or GRE score:

Please detail the specific evidence in your academic experience that supports your analytical and quantitative preparedness for success in the MSCM program. (150 words maximum)

Please detail the specific evidence in your professional experience that supports your analytical and quantitative preparedness for success in the MSCM program. (150 words maximum)

Please review the Test-Optional FAQ section for a complete overview of the requirements for applying Test-Optional and crafting a competitive application.

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 an English Language Proficiency exam below
TOEFL iBT TOEFL MyBest DUOLINGO IELTS
Minimum Score 92 or higher 92 or higher 120 or higher 7.0 or higher

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 January 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.

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 program 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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