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Admissions Process

I notice that you have a Technology MBA and a Leadership MBA, but what if I just want a traditional MBA?
Our Evening LMBA and TMBA Programs cover all the fundamentals of a traditional MBA, but you get the added value of more specialized learning on top of the traditional MBA. Please contact us to discuss your interests further.
When are applications accepted?
UW Bothell MBA program admits students for autumn quarter of each year. For new MBA classes beginning each September, application deadlines are in early February and mid-April each year. After the April deadline, we accept applications on a space available basis. More details are available at http://www.uwb.edu/mba/mbaadmissions/mbadeadlines.
How are students selected for admissions?
The MBA Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications and materials. Applicants may be invited for personal interviews with the MBA Admissions Committee. Check out the Admissions Checklist for more information about the application materials.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MBA? Is an undergraduate degree in business required for admissions?
No prerequisite courses are needed to apply. Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a regionally accredited U.S. institution to apply for admission. We welcome all applicants, including those with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business. .
What do I need to complete and submit my application to the MBA programs?
Applicants must complete and submit their application, supplemental work form, resume, and two short essays. They should also arrange to send us the official GMAT scores and two letters of recommendation; please also upload an unofficial transcript. The Graduate School will request an official transcript and, if needed, proof of English proficiency and financial ability upon admission. See the application checklist for more details.
How much emphasis do you place on the undergraduate GPA?
Although a 3.0 and above is always preferred, our applicants are also considered based upon prior professional work experience, career progression, GMAT scores and other evidence of achievement. Your GPA is only one aspect of your application. Your application will be viewed as a whole package and the weaker aspects may be balanced by the stronger parts of your application.
How much emphasis do you place on full-time work experience?
Almost all admitted MBA students have at least two years of full-time work experience before they enter the MBA program. Most of our students have earned this experience after their undergraduate education. Our students bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom, having worked in industries such as software, aerospace, health services, insurance, financial services, telecom services and non-profits. We strongly encourage and celebrate a diversity of students, backgrounds, viewpoints and cultures in our classrooms.
Is an interview required?
Yes, an interview is required for admission to the programs. Once an applicant has submitted all the required materials, the application will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to meet with the MBA Admissions Committee. Applicants will have an opportunity to raise any questions they may have about the program with the interviewers.
Does my foreign degree qualify me to apply to your MBA Program?
Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a regionally accredited U.S. institution to apply for admission. The official assessment of academic preparation of international student applicants will be done by the UW Graduate School after you have applied to our program.

GMAT Questions

Is the GMAT required?
Yes, the GMAT is a requirement for admissions; we accept all GMAT scores that are less than five years old at the time of the application. The GMAT exam preparation and related details are briefly discussed at our monthly MBA Information Sessions. The official Graduate Admissions Council’s GMAT website is www.gmac.com.
Can GRE be used in place of a GMAT?
Although we prefer the GMAT, we will accept GRE scores that are less than 5 years old in some circumstances. The GRE/GMAT Conversion table is used to make the scores comparable.
Is there a limit on how many times I can take the GMAT?
No, you may take the GMAT as many times as you wish and the MBA Program will consider your highest score. If you plan to retake the GMAT, please keep in mind that they require 30 days between test dates.
Can I apply even though I have not yet taken the GMAT?
Yes, we encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, even if they have not taken their GMAT. Collecting letters of recommendation, writing essays and completing the application takes time. You should not wait to complete your GMAT before starting on these tasks. However, please note that we will need your GMAT scores and a completed application package before we begin the application review. For timing concerns close to the deadline, please contact the admissions advisor, vtolbert@uwb.edu
What if I do not do well on the GMAT? Should I retake the GMAT?
Please contact the admissions advisor to discuss the best way for you to proceed if you are concerned about your test score.
Can I send my transcripts prior to applying?
You do not need to send official transcripts to UW Bothell at the time of application. You will have to upload an unofficial transcript into your application. However, if admitted, the UW Graduate School will request an official transcript.

Program Questions

Where are classes held for the two MBA programs?
Almost all the classes in the Leadership MBA program meet at our Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:50pm. Classes in the TMBA meet at our Bothell campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:50pm.
When do classes meet and how many classes do I take per quarter?
Our Evening MBA Programs are designed to allow working professionals the convenience of maintaining their careers and family life while going to school just 2 evenings per week. In most quarters you will be in classes 2 evenings every week during the quarter.
What is the length of time it will take to complete a degree?
The UW Bothell LMBA and TMBA programs are designed to be completed in two years and most students complete the program within this time. Some students complete the program in only 7 quarters, depending on when they choose to take their electives. UW policy allows students to take up to six years to complete their master's degree.
Is it possible to have any course(s) waived if taken previously or if have had comparable course work in the past?
An applicant or existing student working toward the master's degree may petition for permission to transfer to the University of Washington a maximum of 6 quarter credits of graduate level course work taken at another AACSB-accredited academic institution, provided that course work is equivalent to the course work in the UWB MBA program. The credits sought to be transferred may not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree.
Are you accredited?
Yes, the UW Bothell Evening MBA Programs have the ACCSB accreditation, which is the highest accreditation possible for an MBA Program. Only about 6% of all MBA programs worldwide have earned this accreditation.
Where can I find the UW Bothell Academic Calendar?
The UW Bothell academic calendar is found at http://www.uwb.edu/calendars.
Where can I find the MBA curriculum?
The MBA curriculum is found on our website at http://www.uwb.edu/mba/programs/mbacourses#page=page-1
Where can I find MBA course descriptions and time schedules?
The MBA course descriptions and time schedules are found online at http://www.uwb.edu/registration/time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

What is the tuition? Will it stay the same throughout the program?
Tuition for the MBA program is determined by the UW Board of Regents annually.  The tuition is a flat rate for students who are enrolled from 7 credits up to 18 credits per quarter; the typical UWB MBA student is enrolled in 8 to 12 credits per quarter. Please note that tuition for admitted MBA Students will stay the same during the first two academic years. Summer quarter tuition is set independently but will be approximately the same as academic quarter tuition.
How do I qualify as being a Washington State resident?
To qualify as a legal Washington state resident you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, immigrant or refugee and have physically resided in the state of Washington for purposes other than educational for the last 12 consecutive months. Holders of any other types of visas will not qualify. For further information, please see the UW Student Guide on Understanding Washington State Residency
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available. To learn more about financial aid and scholarships at UWB, please check our financial aid page for qualified students. In most cases, FAFSA applications are required for financial aid consideration. We recommend that students complete the FAFSA online or mail a completed FAFSA application. Returning students should complete the FAFSA no later than February 15. Incoming students should complete FAFSA as soon as possible after they have been admitted to the MBA programs. The University of Washington Title IV Code is 003798.

To learn more about financial support resources through the UW Graduate School, such as finding outside funding and financial aid for minority students, please check the University of Washington Graduate School and the University of Washington Library.
As a Washington State employee, are any MBA classes covered by the Washington State Tuition Exemption Program?

The Business School at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) allows limited enrollment for Washtington State employees using tuition exemption. Students in the MBA Program may use tuition exemption to enroll in any but the following MBA courses:

B BUS 501: Leadership, Team Process & Decision Making
B BUS 502: Quantitative Methods and Business Statistics
B BUS 503: Financial & Managerial Accounting
B BUS 504: Economics for Business Leaders
B BUS 505: Financial Management
B BUS 506: Marketing Management
B BUS 512: Strategy

Students will be allowed to use their tuition exemption to enroll in MBA courses other than those listed above, on a spaceā€available basis.

Registration Procedures

In order to register using tuition exemption, students should carefully follow the steps identified in UW Bothell registration guidelines. Questions regarding the procedure are to be directed to the UW Bothell Registrar.

The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell is responsible for the content of this policy. Changes to this policy have to be approved by the Chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell.

 

Career Services

What career services are available?
The School of Business offers MBA Career Coaching during the year with professional career coaches. Career coaches provide seminars on managing your career, resume and interviewing clinics, as well as individual coaching sessions to discuss career options and trajectories.

At the campus level, UWB Career Services provides internship listings, career fairs, electronic job postings, and career information and services to assist students and alumni in making connections between academic programs, career options and long-range goals. Also available are workshops and counseling to help students develop job search skills.

The Husky Career Advantage web site is a comprehensive treasure trove of career-related information for alumni and students.
Is there a difference in the diploma received from UW Bothell and other UW campuses?
All diplomas from the University of Washington are the same. One corner of the application signifies which of the campus faculty were your instructors.

Visiting & Contact Information

Where do I find directions to the UW Bothell campus?
Directions to the UW Bothell campus can be found online at http://www.uwb.edu/visitors/directions.
Where do I find directions to the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue?
Directions to the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue can be found online at http://www.uwb.edu/business/elc/elcvisitor.
Can I come to visit a MBA class?
Absolutely! We encourage applicants to arrange a class visit, where they will have the opportunity to meet current students and faculty. Please email Vicki Tolbert at vtolbert@uwb.edu to arrange a visit.
Are there any opportunities to learn more about the MBA Programs in person?
Definitely! An MBA Information Session is usually offered each first Thursday in Bothell and each second Thursday in Bellevue from 5-6:15pm. Other special events will also be noted on that website. We look forward to meeting you!
What if I have other questions?
Feel free to contact one of the people listed below for further information;

Vicki Tolbert, Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 425-352-5277
vtolbert@uwb.edu

Or

Kathryn Chester, MBA Admissions and Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 425-352-3275
kchester@uwb.edu

"Collectively, the courses I took at UW Bothell provided me tools with which I was able to recover my company completely from the economic downturn."

Jennifer Olsen, President
Resourceful HR
MBA '05