MSCM Program and Application Frequently Asked Questions

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Stuck on the who, what, when, where, and why’s of the Master of Supply Chain Management program application? Keep reading below to get the questions on your mind answered.

Keep in mind application deadlines to join our class of 2022 are January 14, 2021*, and February 15, 2021.

*Last deadline for International Applicants.

Contact us anytime at [email protected]!

Program Information

Can I work full-time while pursuing this master’s degree?

Yes! This program is specially designed to allow you to work full-time. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6:00 and 9:30pm and every other Saturday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

A number of our students join the program whilst working full-time and others are able to secure full and or part-time employment as MSCM students.

Can I complete the degree in two years and/or online?

The MSCM program is intended for completion in a sequential, lock-step manner in one year. The entire cohort takes the same courses together. The MSCM degree is delivered 100% in-person at the UW Seattle location. Students are required to attend class and actively participate in discussions and projects.

What is unique about the Foster MSCM program?

One thing that is unique about our program is the small cohort design, our average class size is 40-45 students. This allows for discussion-based classes, teamwork-based learning, capstone projects, and high levels of faculty and student engagement.

Another unique aspect of our program is the one-on-one career coaching, resume and portfolio reviews, and networking events offered to all MSCM students through Foster Career Services.

What type of jobs can MSCM graduates get?

Foster MSCM graduates obtain cross-cutting industry knowledge that allows them to work at the forefront of national and global supply chains.

Example alumni job titles include Supply Chain Manager, Pathways Operation Manager, Senior System Analyst, Senior Program Manager, and Procurement Manager.

Admissions and Application

Do I have to have a specific academic background or major to apply?

No! Our incoming students always have a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. We welcome students from any academic discipline including STEM, business, and the humanities. Typically, about 50% of the cohort have previous academic degrees in business, while the other half have studied political science, communications, economics, and anthropology, to name a few.

What should I know about the GMAT/GRE?

MSCM does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE requirement. The average scores for the 2020 cohort were 575 GMAT and 308 GRE. We consider a GMAT score of mid-to-upper-600s to be competitive, with a focus on quantitative analytical ability.

Furthermore, MSCM does not have a preference between the two tests. If you are unsure about which exam to take, we recommend checking out the respective websites for the tests and taking the exam that best highlights your academic strengths.

Use the codes below to submit your scores:

  • GMAT: University of Washington – Seattle – Michael G. Foster School of Business – Master of Supply Chain Management (school code: 459-75-78)
  • GRE: University of Washington (school code: 4854)
*The GMAT or GRE requirement is waived for students who completed their undergraduate studies at Foster in the last 3 years through the OSCM option.
*Applicants who have previously earned an advanced degree can qualify for a GMAT or GRE waiver on a case-by-case basis.
*There also test waivers offered for competitive 2020-21 applicants.

What are some tips for my recommendation letters?

Our program requires two letters of recommendation. You should pick recommenders that can best speak to your strengths, skills, and prior experiences that are relevant to the Foster MSCM program.

In general, professional references are preferred to academic ones, and personal references are not advised.

How can I prepare for the video interview?

The video interview not only gives us the chance to get to know you better but also allows us to assess your communication skills and ability to think on your feet. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive instructions on how to complete the video interview, as well as practice questions via email. Take advantage of the practice questions that are provided, and test out your audio and visual equipment prior to the interview.

Remember, your responses are recorded and timed. Also, make sure to speak clearly at a steady pace, maintain eye contact throughout with the camera, and dress professionally.

Tuition and Fees

 Are scholarships available?

The Foster MSCM program has a limited number of scholarships to award based on need and merit. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for the scholarships, and awards go out with the admission offers. No additional application is required for scholarship consideration.

We also, encourage students to pursue outside scholarships or submit the FAFSA if they qualify to apply for federal student loans.

How much does the program cost?

The total program cost for WA state residents is $42,940 and the total program cost for out-of-state and international students is $46,472. For a full estimate on the cost of attendance, that includes cost of living expenses, please visit our Tuition, Fees, and Financing page.

International Student Information

How can I meet the English language proficiency requirement?

Non-native English speakers can demonstrate their English language proficiency in three ways.

By taking the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores of 92 iBT/ 580 PBT are required. Also, please note that the University of Washington does not accept IELTS scores.

Submit your TOEFL score using this institution code: 4854

Non-native English speakers who completed their bachelor’s degree from the United States, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad or Tobago, or the United Kingdom do not need to submit TOEFL scores.

Lastly, degrees taught abroad entirely in English with official document verification in other countries not mentioned in the above list can also be used to demonstrate English language proficiency.

All non-native English speaking applicants are urged to review the university’s policies on Proof of English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Can international students work during the program?

Yes! International students may seek on-campus employment for up to 20 hours a week. Off-campus employment for F-1 visa students must meet eligibility requirements and requires authorization through the International Student Services Office.

Is MSCM a STEM program?

Yes! As a result, students on an F1 visa are eligible to apply for a STEM-OPT extension, which would allow them up to 36 months of total work eligibility post-grad.

Keeping in Touch with MSCM

How can I learn more about the MSCM program?

Stay connected by checking out our admissions events schedule and by connecting with our MSCM student ambassadors!

Feel free to reach out to us anytime at [email protected].

Apply to the Foster MSCM program today!


Written by Maryam Noor
MSCM Writer & Content Strategist
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