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Application Deadlines

  • Round One: May 1, 2024
  • Round Two: June 24, 2024
  • Round Three: August 1, 2024

Why apply early?  Round-one applicants get early access to the TMMBA student experience and other benefits. Early applicants can start networking with your classmates, current students, and alumni as early as summer 2024.

Application Requirements

All candidates must have:

*Some exceptions apply; if your GPA is below a 3.0, please discuss it with a member of the TMMBA admissions team prior to application.

Application Process

The TMMBA application process is straightforward.

  • Online Applicant Profile (create your profile here)
  • Essays: Three brief written statements
  • Resume
  • Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts*
  • Optional Admissions Exam (GMAT, GRE, or EA)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (view Policy 3.2 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]. We also encourage you to attend a TMMBA admissions event to learn more about the benefits of the program and/or get further assistance navigating the 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 “Autumn 2024” as your start date.

Important Note: To join the next TMMBA cohort, all in-coming students are required to attend a seven-day “Program Immersion,” November 17-23, 2024

Essay 1, 2, and 3 are concise, written statements that allow you to showcase your intentions and qualifications for the TMMBA program. All three essays are required.

Essay 1  (250 words max) – Describe your career goals and explain how obtaining a Technology Management MBA from the Foster School will empower you to achieve these objectives. Be specific about the skills, knowledge, and network you aim to build through our program to propel your professional journey.

Essay 2  (300 words max) – Reflect on your professional experiences. Share a specific professional instance where effective teamwork played a pivotal role. Describe a situation where you navigated through team challenges – emphasize your contributions to a positive resolution, and the impact of successful collaboration. Your responses should provide insights into your teamwork experiences and how they align with the collaborative ethos of the TMMBA program.

Essay 3 (250 words max) – A community-focused, collaborative approach is one of the hallmarks of the TMMBA experience. The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. Please share with us “5 Random Things” about you:  important life experiences, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Please present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 5.

Optional Essay 4 (250 words max) – You may submit a fourth essay if you have additional information you think would help the TMMBA Admissions Committee evaluate your application.

Your resume should be no longer than two pages and a complete summary of your professional work history in reverse chronological order.

For each position, include:

  • Company name plus division/group/department, if applicable
  • Position title
  • Dates of employment – including months
  • Responsibility summary – a brief paragraph describing your primary responsibilities
  • Accomplishment bullets – 3-5 bullets for most recent position and 1-3 for former positions

We will accept only one recommendation, and it must come from your current and direct supervisor or manager.

For an exception to the direct-manager requirement, advance approval from the TMMBA admissions team is necessary.

In the online application portal, provide your recommender’s name, title, and email. Once designated, they will receive an email with a brief questionnaire and the option to write a supporting statement for your candidacy.

Applicants may take the Graduate Management Admission Exam (GMAT), the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), or the Graduate Management Executive Assessment (EA) to strengthen their application.

Alternatively, an applicant can apply “Test Optional” to the Technology Management MBA program without a standardized test score. See below for more details.

Applying with an Admission Exam Score

The GMAT, GRE, and EA are offered year-round. The GMAT and GRE can be taken multiple times. The EA has a limit of only two times. It is recommended that you take the exam as early as possible to allow time to re-test if necessary. If you take the test more than once, the Admissions Committee will use your highest single exam score.

At the time of testing: Request that your official GMAT, GRE, or EA scores are sent to the University of Washington/TMMBA Program using the following codes:

  • GMAT and EA 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].

Regardless, please include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Scores section of the online application.

Applying Test Optional

An applicant who chooses to apply Test Optional must complete the “Test Optional Summary of Qualifications” section of the online application and answer the following short-answer question in the place of submitting a GMAT, GRE or EA score:

  • Please detail the specific evidence in your academic and/or professional experience that supports your quantitative preparedness for success in the TMMBA program. (75 words maximum)

How do I know whether to take the exam?

For a candidate to be competitive without a test score, they must demonstrate quantitative and academic readiness by meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Strong quantitative ability demonstrated throughout educational records.
  • An undergraduate, masters, or advanced degree in STEM or a business-related major, with strong performance and multiple quantitative or analytical courses.
  • Four or more years of professional work experience which demonstrate deep quantitative aptitude.

Meeting the above criteria does not ensure admittance to the TMMBA program. If you believe your academic readiness is best demonstrated by an exam, we encourage you to provide an exam score.

When do you typically recommend submitting test scores?

If you had a weaker performance as an undergraduate student, a strong test score can help demonstrate quantitative aptitude or mitigate concerns regarding academic readiness.

If you have a GPA below 3.0, we highly recommend you schedule an advising appointment with a member of the TMMBA admissions team prior to application so we can discuss the value of taking the exam.

Applicants to the TMMBA program are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (or international equivalent). Transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate-level degrees earned. At the time of application you will upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts.

If you are offered admission to the TMMBA program, you are required to submit official 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 (ELP) in one of several ways. Details and accepted exams are explained in Policy 3.2: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements. Please reach out to a TMMBA admissions advisor if you have any questions regarding this policy.

If you determine you need to take an exam to satisfy the UW Proof of English Language Proficiency requirement, please note applicants must earn a score that meets or surpasses the  “Recommended Score” to qualify for the TMMBA program.

Interviews are by invitation only and take place after an initial review of your completed application. Invited applicants interview in-person or remotely, with the session typically lasting 45-60 minutes in length.

Notification of Admission Decision

An admission decision is made approximately 4-8 weeks after your application is 100% complete. All communication regarding the status of your application, including admission decisions, will be through e-mail.

If you are offered admission, you will have two weeks to accept an offer of admission.

To accept a TMMBA offer of admission, you will need to submit a $2,500 non-refundable deposit and sign an enrollment agreement by the deadline indicated in your offer letter.

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.

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

Selection Criteria

The TMMBA program takes a holistic approach to evaluating applications for admission. Beyond an established professional background and academic readiness, we consider communication skills, ability to contribute to the TMMBA community and emotional intelligence.

Professional experience

Applicants to the TMMBA Program must have a minimum of 3 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience.

Demonstrated leadership potential

We assess this by looking at the applicant’s work experience, accomplishments in community and extracurricular activities, and submitted recommendation.


Applicants to the TMMBA Program are required to have a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (or equivalent international institution).

General intellectual ability

Applicants have the option to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), or the Executive Assessment (EA). We also review undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) history, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum and scholastic quality of the school.

Diversity and inclusion

In selecting the entering class, we will strive to create an environment representative of the organizations in which the students work. Our commitment to diversity focuses on recognizing and valuing the varied lived experiences, cultural backgrounds, unique perspectives, professional paths, career aspirations, and academic histories of our students.

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 essays, recommendation, and applicant interview.

See the UW Non-Discrimination Policy and the Equal Opportunity Statement, which applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions.

Admissions Events

The Technology Management MBA Program will reshape the way you work in teams, evolve the way you think about leadership and provide new perspectives for tackling complex business challenges. Whether you’re just exploring or ready to apply, connect with us. We offer a variety of ways to get to know our program and people better.

To learn more about program details and the Admissions process, please schedule your 1:1 phone meeting with our Program Manager at the link below.

Schedule a call with a TMMBA advisor

Information Sessions

Attend an information session to learn more about the program, get your questions answered, and see if this 18-month journey is right for you. Can’t wait for the next live session? Watch our On-Demand Technology Management MBA Information Session.

Class Visits

What better way to know if TMMBA is the right fit for you than to attend an in-person class session and experience it first-hand! During your visit you will be paired with a student host, who will help answer any questions you may have about the program. You will also have the opportunity to have dinner with the cohort, attend the class itself, and connect with the professor.

Application Workshops

Learn how to submit your best possible application for the TMMBA Program at an Application Workshop. In this small group session, you will learn about the admissions process, application requirements, and how to submit a competitive application to the TMMBA Program. We are also always happy to discuss your application with you one-on-one. If you would like to meet with a member of the TMMBA admissions team, please contact us to schedule an individual appointment.