It's important to plan the courses you will take prior to applying for admission to the UW Bothell School of Business.
- Applicants can refer to this grid of approved Prerequisite Courses.
- All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English Language Proficiency by providing scores that meet the University's minimum on one of the following exams or through one of the alternative options listed below.
Admission to the Business School is competitive, and candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Previous academic performance (cumulative and business prerequisite GPA)
- Completion of all prerequisite courses
- Personal statement
- Demonstration of the relationship between academic opportunities and the candidate's professional career goals
- Results of the Writing Skills Assessment test (WSA) or SAT W equivalent
- Likelihood of success in the degree program
Academic Performance and Prerequisites
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:
- A cumulative GPA (grade-point average) of at least a 2.5 in all college coursework.
- A minimum GPA of at least a 2.5 in all business prerequisites.
- Applicants must also complete 10 credits of English composition to meet eligibility requirements.
- Business prerequisites may not be taken P/F or S/NS. The minimum acceptable grade in a business prerequisite is 2.0.
Students applying to the UW Bothell School of Business must have completed at least seven of the following courses at the time of application. All prerequisite coursework -- the nine Business prerequisites below, plus 10 credits of English composition -- must be completed prior to beginning the program.
- Financial Accounting I*
- Financial Accounting II*
- Managerial Accounting*
- Introduction to Statistics
- Introduction to Law or Business Law
- Calculus or Business Calculus
- English Compositions
* Note: Applicants to the Accounting Option must earn a minimum 2.5 grade in all accounting prerequisites and a cumulative 3.0 average across accounting courses.
Transfer students may see equivalent transferable courses in the Prerequisite Courses Grid.
General University Requirements
In addition to the above courses, students must complete the general university requirements listed below prior to graduation. Some of the above courses count towards general university requirements.
- Foreign language: Two years in high school or 10 credits of one foreign language at the college level
- Mathematics: Fulfilled by calculus
- Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning [QSR]: Fulfilled by statistics
- Writing: 15 credits, which must include English composition and advanced composition. Students still requiring 5 additional credits upon admissions may complete this requirement with BBUS 307.
- Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (Humanities) [VLPA]: 15 credits
- Individuals and Societies (Social Science) [I&S]: 20 credits and must include
- Business law
- One additional course (i.e., psychology, sociology, or anthropology)
- Natural World (Natural Science) [NW]: 15 credits and must include
- Two additional courses (i.e., biology or chemistry)
- Electives: to complete 90 transferable credits
The following items should be submitted by the application deadline:
- Application Form
- Transfer, International and Returning students complete one application to both UW Bothell and the School of Business
- Current Bothell Students submit an internal application in-person to the School of Business.
- Official Transcripts
Provide one official transcript from each college or university you have attended with your application. Note: If you have attended a Washington state community college(s), please have your transcript(s) sent electronically (NOT faxed). In addition please provide an official high school transcript if you studied two years of a single foreign language in high school but not two quarters of a single foreign language in college.
- Writing Skills Assessment (WSA)
Applicants must take the WSA or submit a qualifying SAT Writing score. Review the Writing Skills Assessment page to learn about prepaing and registering for the test. Your test scores will automatically be forwarded and matched with your application. However, please be sure to indicate on your application when and which UW campus you took the test. If you took the SAT Writing exam in the past 5 years and earned a 500 or better, you may submit official SAT scores to UW Bothell instead of taking the WSA.
- Personal Statement
A written personal statement is required with your application. It is used by the UW Bothell School of Business Admissions Committee to assess applicants. When writing the statement, applicants should refer to the How to Apply section for specific instructions.
Prepare a resume (maximum one page in length) that includes education, employment, volunteer/extracurricular activities, and interests. Submit with application.