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Admissions – MSBA

First round application deadline for the 2019-2020 cohort is January 15

The application is being developed and an announcement will be sent when it’s available.

Application deadlines

  • Round 1 – January 15 (international applicant deadline and priority domestic applicants)
  • Round 2 – February 15 (final domestic applicant deadline)
  • Round 3 – March 15 (space available)

Application requirements

We admit applicants who show high potential for success in business analytics. These applicants are excellent students from diverse backgrounds, with bachelor’s degrees and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They are equally adept at communicating complex ideas and undertaking rigorous quantitative analyses. Our ideal applicant is familiar and comfortable with math, statistics, R, Python, Excel, and SQL. We will choose applicants not only for their potential to benefit from the program but also for the experiences and knowledge they bring to the table. Keep in mind, every part of your application (from essays to admission requirements) is subject to fact-checking.

The application is being developed and an announcement will be sent when it’s available.

  • Online Applicant Profile
  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE Score Report
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Video Interview
  • Non-refundable application fee ($85)

Application process

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

Online Applicant Profile

In order to apply to the MSBA program, you must first create a new applicant profile via the UW Graduate School website. In order to apply to the MSBA program, you must first create a new applicant profile via the UW Graduate School website. This step will not be available until the program passes the final stage of the University’s degree approval process. 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 Business Analytics”
  3. Indicate your desired entry date (e.g. Summer 2019)

Essays

Two short-answer essays are required and uploaded as part of your online application. The essays must be within 500 words each.

  1. What are your personal and professional goals, and how will the UW Foster MSBA program help you achieve them?
  2. How does your background prepare you to succeed in business analytics?

Resume

Post-undergraduate professional experience is not required. 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

All MSBA applicants 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 MSBA 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 Business Analytics (school code: 459-75-19)

GRE Score Reporting: University of Washington (school code: 4854)

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.

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 interview allows us to get to know you better, assess 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

Completed applications will be reviewed after each round and decisions sent 4-5 weeks after the applicable deadline. All communication regarding the status of your 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. Refer to our MSBA International Applicants page 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.

MSBA Orientation

All admitted students are required to attend our Orientation activities mid-June, prior to the start of classes. The sessions are designed to help you get to know your classmates and prepare you for success in the program.