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Test-Optional FAQ

The Master of Supply Chain Management program accepts either the GMAT or GRE standardized tests. The Foster School has announced that these standardized test scores are now optional for applicants to the MSCM program for Summer 2022 entry only.

All MSCM applicants must hold the equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Non-native English speakers must also demonstrate English language proficiency. View our admissions page for complete details on the admission requirements.

You will find answers below to common questions about applying without a GMAT or GRE score for Summer 2022 entry.

Should I apply to the MSCM program without a test score? What factors should I take into consideration?

Maybe. The admissions committee evaluates an applicant’s potential to succeed in the MSCM program, including quantitative skills and overall program readiness. This is done through a holistic review of the submitted application materials. These materials include test scores, transcripts, resume, essay, recommendations, and the interview. If you meet several of the following criteria, then you may be considered a competitive applicant if you apply without a test score:

  • Strong quantitative or analytical ability demonstrated throughout educational records, with a GPA at or above 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, and similar grades in quantitative courses.
  • An undergraduate, master’s, or advanced degree in STEM or a business-related major, with strong academic performance and multiple quantitative or analytical courses.
  • Clearly demonstrated quantitative or analytical professional work experience. Professional certifications in a quantitative-related field, e.g., CPA, CFA, PE, etc.
  • Three or more years of professional work experience that demonstrate deep quantitative or analytical aptitude.

Additional considerations:

  • Admission is competitive; meeting the above criteria does not ensure admittance to the Foster MSCM program.
  • International applicants are encouraged to apply with test scores given the competitiveness of the international applicant pool.
  • If you believe your academic readiness is best demonstrated by a test, we encourage you to provide a GMAT or GRE test score.

Are there circumstances in which it might be helpful to submit test scores?

Yes. If you had weaker academic performance as an undergraduate student with a GPA below 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, a strong test score can help demonstrate quantitative aptitude or mitigate concerns regarding your academic readiness. A strong standardized test score can also strengthen your qualification for third-party scholarships.

How do I apply without a test score?

To apply test-optional, please complete all questions in the “GMAT/GRE Test Plans” section of the application. 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.

What questions are asked in the “GMAT/GRE Test Plans” section of the application?

You will complete two short-answer essay questions:

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

I have already reported test scores to the University of Washington, but I do not wish for these to be considered in my MSCM application. What do I do?

There is a field in the “GMAT/GRE Test Plans” application section to let us know. Otherwise, previous test scores sent to the UW Foster School of Business will be reviewed and considered as part of your application for admission. If multiple test scores are received, your strongest result will be considered.

Can you use an expired score in the evaluation of my application?

Yes. You may reference expired scores as prior evidence of quantitative or verbal aptitude in the “Test Optional Expired GMAT/GRE Scores” section. Please self-report the test scores in your application and upload a PDF copy of the GMAT or GRE score report in the “Test Optional Expired GMAT/GRE Scores” application section.

I have already started an application for the MSCM program. Can I apply without a test score?

Yes, but you will need to start a new application for Summer 2022. Previous applications you have started will not include the new section required for applying without a test score.

Who do I contact if I have questions that are not addressed here about applying Test-Optional?

Email [email protected] to contact an admissions advisor.

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