MSIS Test Score Waiver: Your Questions Answered

The Master of Science in Information Systems Program at Foster is excited to announce that select qualified candidates for the Summer 2022 cohort may be eligible to apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. It is our hope that providing this increased flexibility will remove some of the barriers standardized testing presents during these challenging times. 

The MSIS Admissions Committee takes a very holistic approach to evaluating applicants, and we recognize that standardized testing is not always reflective of a candidate’s experience. We value welcoming a cohort each year that brings diverse perspectives to the classroom. It is our hope that offering this opportunity to qualified candidates may allow them to highlight their strengths in other ways.”


Allison Shults, Assistant Director – Admissions 


Check out the eligibility criteria, how to apply for a waiver, and different FAQ’s below! 

Eligibility Criteria

A variety of factors will be considered when evaluating test waiver requests. These factors include a candidate’s academic as well as professional aptitude. In order to be considered for a waiver, candidates are expected to meet at least one of the following:

  • 5+ years of full-time work experience and a minimum 3.0 (out of 4.0)
    cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • 3+ years of full-time work experience and a minimum 3.5 (out of 4.0)
    cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Professional certification (such as a CPA, PMP, CFA)
  • Quantitative master’s degree

I’m interested – how do I apply and when will I receive my decision?

You can submit your waiver request here, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2022. The Admissions Committee will provide a decision by email within 14 business days. 

I already took the test and am happy with the results, should I still apply for a waiver?

We recommend anyone that already has test scores to submit them with their application. However, if you do fall into the eligible criteria for a test score waiver and have not yet taken the GMAT/GRE exams, we encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity.

What is the average GMAT/GRE score and how do I submit test scores if I have them?

We do not have a minimum score requirement, and admit students with a wide range of scores:

  • Average GRE: 314
    • Average accepted range: 299-327
    • Scores can be sent to institution code 4854
  • Average GMAT: 659
    • Average accepted range: 560-770
    • Scores can be sent to University of Washington – Seattle – Michael G. Foster School of Business – Seattle/MS in Information

If I am not eligible for the waiver, will it put me behind those who are?

Not at all! If an applicant is not eligible for the waiver, it does not impact their application. We take a holistic approach to evaluating applications by looking at many different aspects of an applicant’s profile. We consider educational and professional background, communication skills, managerial potential, experience with information systems, and more.

Does receiving a waiver automatically grant admission into the program?

No, students will still be required to submit the rest of the application materials and go through the full MSIS admissions process.  

Interested in learning more? Reach out to the Admissions Team at [email protected] or check out the Admissions page for additional information about the application process. We look forward to assisting you in your MSIS journey.