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The application for the Class of 2025 is now open!

Application Deadlines

  • Round One: May 1, 2023
  • Round Two: June 22, 2023
  • Round Three: August 7, 2023
  • Final Deadline: The application is still open for limited spaces in the Class of 2025.

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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 heading below to learn more about the required components of the application for the TMMBA Program.

  • Online Applicant Profile (create your profile here)
  • Admissions Exam (GMAT, GRE, or EA)
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • 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] or call 206-221-6914. We also encourage 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 Autumn 2022 as your start date. As part of the TMMBA Program, all students are required to attend the TMMBA Immersion Week in November 2022.

Essay 1 and 2 are required and must be uploaded to your online application.

Essay 1 – Personal Statement (required): Please address your specific career aspirations, your reason for pursuing an MBA, and how you will add value to the TMMBA learning environment. (500 words max)

Essay 2 (required): Describe a situation in which you led a team-based project. What challenges did you face within the team, and how did you overcome them? (500 words max)

Optional essay: Please include this essay if you have additional information you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (500 words max)

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. They 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 May 1 deadline.

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.

Applicants 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 and can be taken multiple times. EA has a limit of two times that one may take the test. 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, GRE, or EA scores are sent to the University of Washington – TMMBA Program and include your score breakdown in the Self-Reported Test Scores section in your online application.

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]. 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, GRE or EA, 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 of your score report to your online application.

Applying Test Optional

All applicants who choose to apply Test Optional agree to complete the “Test Optional Summary of Qualifications” 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 analytical and quantitative preparedness for success in the MBA program. (75 words maximum)

What factors make an applicant well-suited to submit an application without a test score?

All candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

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

  • Strong quantitative or analytical 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.
  • Clearly demonstrated quantitative or analytical professional work experience. Professional certifications in a quantitative-related field, e.g., CPA, CFA, PE, etc.
  • Four or more years of progressively responsible professional work experience which demonstrate deep quantitative or analytical aptitude.
  • A University of Washington undergraduate or graduate degree with a strong academic record.

These criteria will be considered in holistic review along with other elements of the application including transcripts, resume, essays, recommendations and admissions interview, in the context of the competitiveness of the overall applicant pool.

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

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

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

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 Policy 3.2: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements

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.

Interviews are by invitation only and take place after an initial review of your completed application. Interviews typically last 45 minutes and are conducted virtually via Zoom due to the current health situation.

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 $2,500 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.

Selection criteria

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 the applicant’s recommendations.


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

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. We believe that a diverse student body is reflected in the experience, cultural background, national origin, professions, career goals, living experiences and previous academic study of the students and helps to create such an environment.

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.