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TMMBA Admissions

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the University of Washington Graduate School by the following dates.
January 2020 deadlines
First deadline: April 1
Second deadline: August 1

*Limited space may be available. Contact the TMMBA Program Office today if you’d like to discuss admission for January 2020.

Our admissions committee will review applications after each round. Invitation to interview will be issued within 2-4 weeks (for complete applications), and decisions 4-8 weeks after the applicable deadline.

Requirements and selection criteria

Each January, the TMMBA Program enrolls a new cohort of students. Our objective is to select students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for business and leadership. Applicants are selected not only for their potential to benefit from the program, but also for the experience and knowledge they can contribute to the class. An invitation for an interview is extended to all qualified applicants. All applicants are evaluated using the following criteria:

Professional Experience
Applicants are required to have post-baccalaureate professional work experience (recommended is 5 years and average is 10 years) with a history of increasing responsibility and a strong record of accomplishments.
Demonstrated Leadership Potential Applicants must demonstrate leadership experience and senior management potential. We assess this by looking at his or her work experience, accomplishments in community and extracurricular activities, and evaluating the applicant’s recommendation.
Education Applicants are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills Due to the team-oriented nature of the program, it is imperative that an applicant demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and effectively. These skills are evaluated in the required essay, recommendation letter, and applicant interview.
General Intellectual Ability We evaluate each applicant’s performance on the Graduate Management Admission (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which provide a reasonably valid and reliable measure of verbal and quantitative abilities. These attributes are related to success in graduate management curricula. We also review undergraduate history, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum and scholastic quality of the school.

In selecting the entering class, we strive to create an environment representative of the organizations in which the students work. We believe that a diverse student body is reflected in the experience, cultural background, origin, professions, career goals, life experiences, and previous academic study of the students and helps to create such an environment.

Watch Executive Director Tracy Gojdics share her insight on what makes a strong TMMBA candidate

Application process

The TMMBA Program uses an online application process. To begin your application, create a profile in the online application and follow the instructions.

Click on each tab below to learn more about the required components of the application for the TMMBA Program.

Application checklistOnline applicant profileEssay(s)ResumeRecommendationAdmissions examTranscripts$85 non-refundable application feeProof of English language proficiencyInterview (by invitation only)Next steps
  • Online Applicant Profile (create your profile here)
  • Admissions Exam (GMAT or GRE)
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency (view Memo #8 for details)
  • $85 non-refundable application fee
  • Interview (by invitation only)

Note: At this time, the TMMBA Program cannot accept applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 student visas.

* If offered admission, official transcripts must be sent to the UW Graduate School promptly.

The TMMBA Program staff is here to assist you with the application process. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 206-221-6914. We also invite you to attend a TMMBA event to learn more about the program and application requirements.

Create a new applicant profile via the UW Graduate School website. Select “Graduate” as your application type and “Business Administration – Foster School of Business – Technology Management MBA” as your graduate program.

To apply for the next available TMMBA cohort, select Fall 2019 as your start date. As part of the TMMBA Program, all students are required to attend TMMBA Immersion Week from November 17–23, 2019.

The essay is required and must be uploaded to your online application.

The Personal Statement should be 1000-1500 words total in length and should address all 6 items below:

  1. Why have you decided to pursue an MBA at this point in your career?
  2. Why do you think the TMMBA program is the best fit for you?
  3. What was your greatest professional work accomplishment in the past year? What challenges did you face and what lessons did you learn?
  4. Think of a recent team achievement in which you were a member. What characteristics made that team successful and why?
  5. Describe the characteristics of a leader you have worked with that you perceive to be successful. What are these characteristics important?
  6. Describe the type and level of work you expect to be doing in the next five to ten years.

Essay 2 (optional): Please include this essay if you have additional information that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application. (500 words maximum)

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

  • Company name and division/group/department
  • Position title
  • Dates of employment – including months
  • Responsibility summary – a brief section describing your primary responsibilities
  • Accomplishment bullets – 3-6 bullets for most recent position and 1-3 for former positions

One recommendation is required and should come from your current supervisor.

Designate your recommender in the online application. He/she will receive an email and will have the option of submitting the recommendation electronically or via mail. Recommenders are notified of the Round 2 deadline, August 1, by default, so be sure to inform your recommender if you would like them to respond by the April 1 deadline.

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

The GMAT and GRE are offered year-round and can be taken multiple times. It is recommended that you take the exam as early as possible to allow time to re-test if necessary. If you have taken a test more than once, the admissions committee will use your highest total score to evaluate your application.

Request that your official GMAT or GRE scores are sent to the University of Washington – TMMBA Program and include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Scores section in the online application.

GMAT Program Code – TMMBA Program 459-75-75

GRE Institution Code – 4854

For tests older than 5 years, or if you did not originally send your scores to the codes above, you may email a copy of your score report to [email protected]. Include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Scores section in the online application.

You are welcome to submit your online application prior to taking your GMAT or GRE, but the test must be completed by the application deadline at the latest. In this case, include your test date in the online application. After completing the exam, upload a copy to your online application.

Applicants to the TMMBA are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate-level degrees earned. For the application review process, you are required to upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your online application.

If you are offered admission to TMMBA, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcripts to the UW Graduate School. Please do not mail official transcripts to the TMMBA office; additional instructions will be provided to admitted students.

Transcripts from international institutions
A certified or attested copy of your academic record and diploma indicating the date and conferral of your degree are required.

If the original language of the academic record and diploma is not English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document. A school administrative officer of the institution from which the degree was received must certify official copies of credentials. If the institution will not issue an official translation, you may translate the transcripts and have your translation certified by a UW faculty member who is fluent in the particular language or you may contact your local consulate for translation assistance.

Required content for 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

A non-refundable application fee of $85 is required to submit your online application.

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. If your native language is NOT English, you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of several ways. Details and accepted exams are explained in Graduate School Memo #8.

TOEFL: If you find you need to take the TOEFL exam to satisfy the UW Proof of English Language Proficiency requirement, applicants must earn a 92 or higher on the TOEFL iBT exam.

IELTS: The Graduate School no longer accepts IELTS scores, unless the test was taken before June 1, 2017. If you took an IELTS test before June 1, 2017, please contact [email protected].

Interviews are by invitation only and take place after an initial review of your completed application. Interviews typically last 45 minutes and are held at the Eastside Executive Center in Kirkland.

Notification of Admission Decision
An admission decision will be provided via email approximately 4-8 weeks after the date of completing your application. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through electronic mail.

If you are offered admission, you will need to submit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit, signed letter of agreement and photo release form by the deadline indicated in your offer letter. Typically you will have two weeks to accept an offer of admission. Upon accepting your offer of admission, formal enrollment to the UW Graduate School takes an additional 2-3 weeks. Additional steps include providing official transcripts to the Graduate School for verification and proof of measles (rubeola) immunization prior to registration in Program Immersion courses. Additional information will be provided to admitted students.

The TMMBA Program staff is here to assist you with the application process. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 206-221-6914. We also invite you to attend a TMMBA Application Workshop.

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