Frequently Asked Questions



NEW: NO GMAT REQUIRED FOR 2021 Applications!


      2022 GMAT/GRE Questions (if score is required):


Tuition and financial aid

Career services

Visiting and contact information


Admissions Process

When are applications accepted? back to top

UW Bothell MBA program admits students for autumn quarter of each year. For new MBA classes beginning in early  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

How are students selected for admissions? back to top

The MBA Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications and materials. View the Admissions Checklist for more information about the application materials.  The MBA Admissions Committee will review completed applications as soon as possible.  Some applicants may be selected for personal interviews. The MBA Admissions Committee will review completed applications as soon as possible afer an application deadline. In addition to MBA admissions, the UW Graduate School requirements for final admission are here.

Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MBA? Is an undergraduate degree in business required for admissions? back to top

We welcome all applicants, including those with undergraduate degrees in areas not in than business.  However, applicants must hold:

1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or its equivalent from a foreign institution, and must have at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits**.


2) one of the following: a master’s degree, a graduate doctoral degree, or any of the following professional doctoral degrees: Doctor of Dentistry (D.D.S.), Doctor of Law (J.D.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). The degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution, and must have at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) calculated from the total cumulative credits.

If an applicant's native languag was not English, they may be required to demonstrate Eglish proficiency.

No specific prerequisite courses are required to apply, however prior any quantitative courseork and experience is reviewed as part of the admissions evaluation.

Applicants must minimally have at least two years of full time equivalent professional level work experience.

What do I need to complete and submit my application to the MBA programs? back to top

Applicants must complete and submit their application, supplemental work form, resume, and two short essays. In years that the GMAT is required, applicants 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.

Can I send my transcripts prior to applying? back to top

Please do not send official transcripts or any documents to UW Bothell. The online application will require that you upload a1 PDF document of your unofficial transcript  for each university from which you attained a degree. Then, if admitted, the UW Graduate School will request and provide instructions for you to submit an official transcript.

How much emphasis do you place on the undergraduate GPA? back to top

The UW Graduate School requires a 3.0 or above GPA for all UW graduate school applicants.  Our applicants are also considered based upon prior professional work experience, career progression, GMAT scores and other evidence of achievement. If your GPA is just slightly below a 3.0, your application may be considered.

How much emphasis do you place on full-ti'me work experience? back to top

Almost all admitted MBA students have at least two years of full-time work experience before they enter the MBA program. It is preferred for 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? back to top

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 may 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? back to top

Applicants must have at least a four year 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.

Can I take an individual MBA course without enrolling into the entire program? back to top

No, we do not accept any Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students.

What does Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status mean, and do you accept GNM or Visiting Graduate Students? back to top

Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status allows post baccalaureate students who are not presently seeking a graduate degree at the University of Washington to take UW graduate courses and apply the credits toward degree requirements should they later be accepted into a graduate program at the UW. Read more about the GNM status.

Our MBA program does not accept GNM or Visiting Graduate Students at this time.  


GMAT Questions

In years that the GMAT is required, can I qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver? back to top

Upon applying, if the GMAT or GRE is required, an applicant may request a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have one or more of the specified degrees/certifications, preferably a 3.0 or above undergraduate cumulative GPA, and a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience upon evaluation. Learn details about the waiver and how to request one.

How do I schedule the test and report my scores? back to top

  • Scheduling: Schedule an appointment for the GMAT.
  • Validity: GMAT (and GRE) scores are officially effective for five years from the date of the test, but we may still consider older test scores (contact If you have taken the GMAT (or GRE) more than once, we will consider only your highest score. The University of Washington will keep these scores on file for one year.
  • Locations: The GMAT test may be taken at the following regional locations: Seattle (Northgate), Renton, Victoria BC, Yakima, Vancouver BC and Spokane. If you have disabilities, special accommodations may be available – please consult the GMAC website for more information.
  • Prep: To prepare for the GMAT, use the tutorials at the GMAC site or GMAT prep books that you will find in bookstores. In addition, GMAT prep classes are offered by professional tutoring organizations such as Princeton Review, Kaplan, Magoosh, Manhattan, Veritas. UW Bothell has no affiliation with any of these providers.
  • Reporting: The official GMAT scores must be received by the UW directly from GMAC by using the UW institution code of 4854.
    • You can “Self-report GMAT scores” on your application if you have them available with you from an earlier test date. If you have questions about old scores, please email
    • If you take the GMAT exam near the application deadline, please send us the unofficial verbal avickit@uw.edund quantitative scores provided to you immediately after completing the test; the writing score will reach us with your official results in about one week after the test. However, please note that we will still need the official GMAT scores.

Is the GMAT/GRE required? back to top

The GMAT/GRE requirement is temporarily suspended and not required for 2021 applications. However, submitting good scores may strengthen an application.

2022 applicants:  Any GMAT/GRE requirement for 2022 and beyond will be announced and posted on our website in Autmn, 2021.  GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Records Examination) scores are required for admission unless you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver. If you are uncertain if you may qualify for a waiver, contact Vicki Tolbert at to discuss exam waiver consideration. The GMAT exam preparation and related details are briefly discussed at our monthly MBA Information Sessions.

If you are applying, you may submit your online application any time before or after taking the exam.

  1. If you have not taken the GMAT or GRE, please schedule an appointment by clicking here.
  2. If you have recent GMAT scores, please contact the GMAT testing service and request that they be sent to UW Bothell.
  3. If you have recent GRE scores, please order an additional score report from GRE and have it sent to UW Bothell.
  4. If your exam scores are older than 5 years, please contact Vicki Tolbert at

If you take an exam more than once, your highest submitted score will be used for the application review.


Questions for 2022 applications or beyond,  if the GMAT / GRE is required::


Can GRE be used in place of a GMAT? back to top

Although we prefer the GMAT, we will accept GRE scores as well. If your exam scores are older than 5 years, please contact Vicki Tolbert at 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? back to top

Please visit the GMAT or GRE website for updates and requirements on how many times you may take the exam.

Can I apply even though I have not yet taken the GMAT? back to top

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,

What if I do not do well on the GMAT? Should I retake the GMAT? back to top

Please contact the admissions advisor to discuss the best way for you to proceed if you are concerned about your existing score or the timing to submit a new score. Scoring 20% or above on the quanititaive and verbal sections is recommended. Preparation including taking self-timed practice tests is advised.  


Program Questions

When and where are classes held ? back to top

MBA applicants indicate their cohort location preference for required courses, either Bellevue or Bothell.   At either location the students may pursue the Technology MBA, Leadership MBA, or the General MBA option.  Required classes meet at our Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:30 p.m.  Required classes meet at our Bothell campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:30 p.m.   Electives may be at either location on Monday through Thursdays, and on Saturdays. Times for electives may vary during the week, but are mostly from 6-9:30pm.  Saturday elective classes are usually 9am – 12:30pm / 1:00pm - 4:30pm.

How many classes do I take per quarter? back to top

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? back to top

The UW Bothell MBA with the LMBA, TMBA, or general options are designed to be completed in 6-7 quarters (18-21 months of classes taken during 2 “academic years”), and most students complete the program within this time. Students’ timing may differ slightly depending on when they choose to take their electives.  UW policy allows students to take up to 6 years to complete their master's degree.

Why is the AACSB Accreditation important? back to top

AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Is it possible to have any course(s) waived if taken previously or if have had comparable course work in the past? back to top

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? back to top

Yes, the UW Bothell Evening MBA Programs have the AACSB 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? back to top

The UW Bothell academic calendar is found at

Where can I find the MBA curriculum? back to top

The MBA curriculum is found on our website at

Where can I find MBA course descriptions and time schedules? back to top

The MBA course descriptions and time schedules are found online at


Tuition & Financial Aid

What is the tuition? Will it stay the same throughout the program? back to top

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 UW Bothell 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? back to top

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? back to top

Yes, financial aid is available. To learn more about financial aid and scholarships at UW Bothell, 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? back to top

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) School of Business allows limited enrollment for Washington 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 and Decision Making
  • B BUS 502: Business Statistics
  • B BUS 503: Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • B BUS 504: Microeconomics for Business
  • B BUS 505: Financial Management
  • B BUS 506: Marketing Management
  • B BUS 512: Strategic Management

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

  • Registration Procedure
    • 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.

As a veteran, where can I find information regarding the VA Tuition Reduction Program? back to top

If you are an active or reserve veteran who has served in active federal service in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or international waters, you may be eligible for the VA Tuition Reduction Program. For this benefit, please contact the Veteran Services Coordinator at 425.352.5307 with any questions. Applications must be turned in no later than the last day of the current quarter enrolled to be considered valid. For more information and contacts: and


Career Services

What career services are available? back to top

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, UW Bothell 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? back to top

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? back to top

Directions to the UW Bothell campus can be found online at

Where do I find directions to the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue? back to top

Directions to the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue can be found online at

Can I visit an MBA class? back to top

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 to arrange a visit.

Are there any opportunities to learn more about the MBA Programs in person? back to top

Definitely! An MBA Information Session is usually offered each first Thursday in Bothell or contact Vicki Tolbert at, 425-352-3277. Other special events will also be noted on that website. We look forward to meeting you!

As a veteran, where can I learn more regarding UW resources for student veterans? back to top

UW Bothell Veterans Services is committed to assisting our veterans as they transition out of the military into academic life. This department serves as your liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs so that you may receive your educational entitlements in addition to providing you with guidance and resources to foster success. For more information and contacts: and

What if I have other questions? back to top

MBA Online Information Session: Join us to learn all about the MBA program, including Q&A.

MBA Questions?  Contact  Vicki Tolbert, Admissions Advisor
Phone: 425-352-3277

Visa Questions? Contact our UWB international student advisor: Jen Kim, , 425.352.3876.