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Application Process

Application Deadline

January 1

The Department of Accounting strongly recommends submission of your application materials by December 1st for early consideration.

Application Procedure

Students are admitted Autumn Quarter only. Applications for admission must be received by January 1. Due to possible administrative or mail delays, we suggest that applicants submit all materials early to ensure full consideration. The Department of Accounting starts processing applications starting on December 1 for early consideration. Please note that most of the materials have to be submitted online with the application to the Graduate School.

Please see the basic information and further instructions from the Graduate School.

Selection Procedure

From December 1st to January 1st applications are sorted and distributed to the relevant departments. Each department has a committee that reviews all the applicants to their discipline, identifies the top candidates, and provides a rank ordered list of about 5-6 students to the PhD Program Faculty Director and Program Coordinator. We extend offers based on the faculty-generated lists and the number of openings available to each department. Campus visits are encouraged; financial support for visits is offered based on timing and availability.

Please keep in mind the following. First, it is critical to submit all of your application materials by the due date. Second, it is the faculty within the department, not the Director or the Coordinator, who makes the admission decisions. Third, the decisions are made after January 1st; December 1st for the Department of Accounting early consideration. Fourth, most GMAT scores of all those that apply are above 600 (68th percentile of all test takers) and thus it is rare that anyone is admitted with a a score below 600. The average GMAT score was 720 for the last three incoming classes.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the past research and current interests of department faculty in their desired area of specialization. Regarding research, faculty can be contacted directly. For department-specific questions about the program, contact the area coordinators using information available under the Areas of Specialization tab.

Transcripts

Please submit one official transcript from each university you have attended only when we have offered admission. The transcript should be sealed in an envelope with the school registrar’s signature across the seal and sent to us unopened. Please note that international applicants have to submit another official transcript to Graduate School Admissions when admitted.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required. Individuals who can address your academic performance and promise should complete the recommendation.

Resume

Submit a copy of your resume. Be sure it includes relevant experience not addressed elsewhere in your application materials.

Statement of Purpose

This can also be referred to as statement of academic objectives. Please state as clearly as possible your objective in pursuing a PhD program and your areas of interest for teaching and research. As part of or in addition to this statement, please comment on how your past experiences and/or future contributions will advance the Foster School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. For help or clarification on how your statement of purpose should/can comment on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please refer to our DEI Primer. Please let us know if you wish to be considered for our financial aid package (a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships).

GMAT

Applicants should take the GMAT in November or earlier, because scores from later examinations will not arrive in time. For registration information and testing locations, call 800-GMATNOW for U.S and 800-462-8669 for Canada or visit the Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) website at www.mba.com. Request that GMAC send your official scores to the University of Washington, school code 459-75-53. Allow three to four weeks for our office to receive your scores. We can also accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but GMAT scores are preferable.

Requirements for All Applicants

For applicants whose native language is not English, both English language proficiency and additional English spoken language proficiency requirements must be met.

1. English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants to the Michael G. Foster School of Business whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by one of the following five ways:

1. A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution located in the United States and where English is the medium of instruction.
2. A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom and where English is the medium of instruction. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
3. Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in #2 above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School; credential service reports are not acceptable. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:

  1. Official or attested letter from the undergraduate college, university Registrar, or Controller of Examinations office.
  2. Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or degree statements, are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.

4. An official letter stating successful completion of the UW Intensive English Program (IEP): University Track. The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School.

  1. The UW Intensive English Language Program (IEP): University Track is no longer offered. Students who have successfully completed this program may request that the UW International English Language Programs submits a letter of completion to the Graduate School.

5. Official English Language Test Score with the following minimum score:

  1. TOEFL iBT: 92
  2. OEFL myBest: 92
  3. Duolingo: 120
  4. IELTS: 7.0

2. Additional Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirements

Meet the general English language proficiency requirement
Before receiving a graduate appointment with teaching duties, graduate students who are not native speakers of English must satisfy the general English language proficiency requirement as stated in Graduate School Memo 8.

Meet the additional spoken English language proficiency requirement.
Before receiving a graduate appointment with teaching duties, graduate students who are not native speakers of English must satisfy the spoken English language proficiency requirement in one of the five following ways:

1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom, where English is the medium of instruction. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus. (Note: A master’s degree does not satisfy this requirement).
2. Hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Juris Doctor (JD) from a regionally accredited institution located in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.
3. Demonstrate spoken English proficiency with a test score on file at the University of Washington of at least:

  1. 26 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT
  2. 7.0 on the speaking section of the IELTS

4. Pass a one-time appeal interview. If a student has one of the scores below on file with the University of Washington, a graduate program can submit an online request for a one-time appeal interview.

  1. 23-25 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT
  2. 6.0-6.9 on the speaking section of the IELTS
  3. Note: students who have not satisfied the general English proficiency requirements as stated in Graduate School Memo 8 are NOT eligible for an appeal interview.

5. Pass English 105. This course is designed specifically for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) and is offered by UW’s Academic English Program (AEP). While a student is completing English language proficiency requirements, that student can be assigned teaching duties that do not include direct interaction with students. Such duties can include, but are not limited to, grading, setting up labs, preparing instructional materials, and running equipment in classrooms.

Participate in the International Teaching Assistant Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning.
TAs who are not native speakers of Englishi and do not hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are required to participate in the International TA Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The University will not accept IELTS or TOEFL scores that are more than two years old.