Select Foster programs offer test waivers to competitive applicants for 2020-21 admissions cycle

To provide more flexibility, the University of Washington Foster School of Business is extending test waivers for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle to some qualified applicants in select MBA and specialized masters programs. This waiver will allow qualified candidates who meet certain criteria to be considered for admission without submitting a GRE, GMAT, or Executive Assessment test score.

From lack of childcare (making studying nearly impossible) to limited access to in-person testing accommodations, the pandemic has complicated the ability for prospective students to prepare for an admissions exam […] Given the challenging environment, Foster is making the exam requirement easier by approving a test waiver to select applicants.
– Christine Wollin, Associate Director of the Hybrid MBA program

Evening MBA Students

Standardized testing is just one data point in a much larger picture when evaluating applicants for admission. We understand that each applicant has a unique perspective and history, and we are pleased to provide more flexibility to applicants who qualify for a waiver.
– Allison Shults, Assistant Director of Admissions for the MSIS program

Test waiver consideration, quantities and requirements vary by individual programs.
See program-specific content below:

PARTICIPATING MBA PROGRAMS

Evening MBA

Indicators of academic and professional accomplishment will be considered when evaluating test waiver requests, including, but not limited to:

  • at least 6 years of progressive professional full-time work experience with substantial analytical responsibilities
  • cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher, quantitative coursework on an undergraduate transcript, such as advanced math or statistics coursework
  • masters or terminal degree(s) in an analytical discipline, CPA or CFA designation or other professional certification/discipline

To be considered for a test waiver, please submit the Evening MBA Test Waiver Request Form along with copies of your transcripts and resume as a part of the request form. The final deadline to request a test waiver is March 8, 2021. Visit the Evening MBA Admissions page for more detail.

Hybrid MBA

Candidates may be eligible if they have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and a minimum of 8 years of full-time, progressive work experience. Additionally, they must have least one of the following: graduate (masters or doctoral) degree, professional credential (ie CPA, CFA, JD, etc), strong quantitative background (coursework or on the job experience), or previous undergraduate degree in Business with a 3.6+ cumulative GPA (using a 4.0 scale).

To be considered for a test waiver from the Hybrid MBA Program, please complete the Hybrid MBA Test Waiver Request Form. Visit the Hybrid MBA Admissions page for more detail.

Technology Management MBA

In order to qualify for waiver consideration, candidates must have a previous undergraduate degree with 3.2+ cumulative GPA at an accredited institution (domestic or international) or previous undergraduate degree in business or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, etc) field with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA. They must also have one of the following additional requirements: 8+ years of full-time work experience post-baccalaureate, or, 8+ years of full-time military experience.

To be considered for a test waiver, please complete the TMMBA Test Waiver Application Form. A resume and unofficial transcript documents must be attached to the waiver application in order for it to be considered complete. Visit the TMMBA Admissions page for more detail.

PARTICIPATING SPECIALIZED MASTER’S PROGRAM

Master of Science in Information Systems

Test waivers may be provided on a case-by-case basis for select qualified applicants to the Summer 2021 cohort if they meet at least one of the following criteria: 5 or more years of full-time work experience and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), 3 or more years of work experience and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), professional certification (such as a CPA, CFA, PMP), or they already hold a quantitative master’s degree.

To be considered for a test waiver, candidates can complete our MSIS GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form. Visit the MSIS Admissions page for more detail.

Master of Supply Chain Management

Test waivers may be granted to select qualified applicants on a case-by-case basis for the Summer 2021 cohort. To be considered for a waiver, candidates must have 3+ years of full-time work experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above. Additional indicators of academic and professional accomplishment will be considered when evaluating test waiver requests, including, but not limited to:

  • Previous degrees in a quantitative/analytical discipline such as STEM (I.e., science, technology, engineering, statistics, economics, finance, information systems, mathematics)
  • Successful completion of quantitative coursework on transcript, such as such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, finance, engineering, economics, or other advanced math courses
  • Professional certification or credential(s) that demonstrate analytical/quantitative abilities

To be considered for a test waiver, please complete the MSCM GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form. Visit the MSCM admissions page for more detail.

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Test waivers may be granted to select qualified applicants on a case-by-case basis for the Summer 2021 cohort. Indicators of academic and professional accomplishment, and potential for success in the MSBA program, will be considered when evaluating test waiver requests. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Previous degrees in a related discipline such as STEM (I.e., science, technology, engineering, statistics, economics, finance, information systems, mathematics)
  • Successful completion of extensive quantitative coursework on transcript, such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, finance, engineering, economics, or other advanced math courses
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale from a four-year university or college
  • Professional certification or credential(s) that demonstrate analytical/quantitative abilities

To be considered for a test waiver, please complete the MSBA GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form. Visit the MSBA admissions page for more detail.

Additionally, the following Specialized Master’s programs waive tests for US applicants who have a high GPA:
MS in Entrepreneurship
MS in Professional Accounting
MS in Taxation

Foster’s Executive MBA program does not normally require standardized testing as part of the admissions process.