MSIM Application Materials
MSIM MyGrad Application
The online application opens annually on Sept. 1. Visit the MyGrad online application and create a login ID and password.
Retain your login ID and password, as you will need them to:
- Save a partially completed application
- Pay the application fee ($85 payable by debit or credit card)
- Monitor the submission of recommendations and test scores (if applicable)
- Check the status of your application
Once you have paid the fee, you will be unable to make further changes to your application with the exception of letters of recommendation, contact information and transcript updates.
Application Fee and Fee Waiver
The application fee is $85 USD, payable online by debit or credit card. Qualified applicants can request a fee waiver through the Graduate School following the process outlined on the Graduate School's website.
- Statement of Purpose
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Extenuating Circumstances (optional)
- Scholarship Information (optional)
- Specialization Selection
- GRE/GMAT Scores (see exemptions)
- English Language Proficiency for Non-Native English Speakers
Review and/or consideration of incomplete applications or late materials is at the discretion of the MSIM admissions committee. If application materials are missing due to circumstances beyond the applicant's control, the committee will take that into consideration and make its judgment based on the information available.
Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose is a very important part of your application. It should be a well-written and carefully crafted essay that is 900-1,200 words in length (graphics can be included but are not required). Be sure to visit the iSchool and the MSIM program websites to make yourself familiar with our mission and values. Consider utilizing a resource to check for grammar and spelling errors.
It is required that you address the following two critical questions:
- Why did you choose to pursue an MSIM degree?
- Based on your knowledge of the UW iSchool and the MSIM program, please describe your professional and personal motivation for pursuing a UW MSIM degree.
- Include your previous experience from your fields of study as well as your professional/academic plans throughout the MSIM program.
- Explain why the UW MSIM program is a good fit for your professional career goals.
- Indicate the academic, professional and life experiences that have prepared you for this program.
- How does the MSIM program at the UW iSchool align with your values and personal mission? How will you contribute to the MSIM and iSchool community?
- Tell us your story. Describe the life opportunities and challenges you have faced and how these experiences have shaped your personal goals and potential contributions to the MSIM program and the iSchool community.
- Describe how you align with the values and mission of the iSchool such as diversity, equity and inclusion, innovation, and service.
- You may include familial, cultural, societal, geographical, financial, educational and other any factors that have shaped who you are and your potential contributions.
Recommendations (2 Required)
Enter the names and contact information for two references. These individuals will be sent an email prompt with instructions for submitting their recommendation online.
Request recommendations from two people who know you well and who are able to comment on your academic competence, ability to engage in graduate study, potential for future success in the information management profession, or who can comment on your employment experience. Unless academic- or work-related, do not submit recommendations from family members, clergy, or friends.
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
Upload a PDF of your résumé or curriculum vitae. There is no preferred formatting or specific requirements that need to be met. However, your submission should include the following information, as applicable:
- Academic history (including institution, degree, dates of attendance)
- Professional experience (including employer, position title, and dates of employment)
- Mid-Career MSIM applicants must demonstrate at least five years of full-time, professional work experience in technology, information, or management positions.
- Applicants to the Full-Time program are not required to have work experience.
- Involvement with volunteer, community, and/or diversity-related activities including the organization, position title, and dates of service
- Honors, awards, publications, and presentations
- Research experience
Extenuating Circumstances (optional)
If there are extenuating circumstances, not addressed in other sections of your application, related to your academic transcript, resume, test scores or other facets of your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider, please describe them. Please limit your response to 250 words.
Scholarship Information (optional)
All applicants are automatically considered for a limited number of iSchool merit-based scholarships. If there is additional information you would like to provide the committee that you feel is relevant to your being considered for a scholarship, please let us know. (Please limit this response to 500 words.)
In the past, we have had specific scholarship money for new students who are employed by the state of Washington, first-generation college students, or students who are active duty military or have veteran status. Please indicate if you fall into one or more of these categories. This information will not be used during the decision-making process. It will only be used for scholarship consideration, after admissions decisions have been made.
**Responding to this question does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.**
In Question 4 on the Program Information Page in MyGrad, applicants are required to indicate their specialization preferences.
Early-Career Accelerated Option
Applicants to the Early-Career Accelerated option will list their top two specializations in ranked order. Applicants not planning to do a specialization should select "No specialization."
Applicants must select at least one specialization (or pick "No specialization") and can list a second. Picking two specializations is not required.
Applicants to the Early-Career option will list their top three specializations in ranked order. Applicants not planning to do a specialization should select "No specialization."
Applicants must select at least one specialization (or pick "No specialization") and can list two more. Picking more than one specialization is not required.
Applicants to the Mid-Career option will list their top two specializations in ranked order. Applicants not planning to do a specialization should select "No specialization."
Applicants must select at least one specialization (or pick "No specialization") and can list one more. Picking more than one specialization is not required.
Mid-Career applicants should note that not all specializations are offered during the evening or weekend.
Applicants will also confirm their specialization preferences and their program option in the body of the MyGrad application.
In the Report Prior Schools section of the MyGrad application, list all schools (colleges, universities and institutions) where you have earned collegiate-level credit.
In the Submit Transcripts section of the application, upload a transcript for each school listed.
Each transcript should be complete, legible and include the following: name of the institution, name of the student, dates of attendance, courses taken, grades/marks/credits earned and be organized by term (quarters, semesters or trimesters).
Please observe the following guidelines:
- All transcripts should be submitted through MyGrad. Please do not mail (or email) transcripts to the iSchool unless specifically directed to do so.
- The following types of documents can be accepted:
- Unofficial transcript from the school, often a PDF
- Official transcript that the applicant scans and uploads into MyGrad
- Information from an online system or dashboard (Applicants are welcome to copy/paste into a Word document. As long as it is complete and legible, we are happy to accept it.)
- Degree audits cannot be accepted in place of a transcript as they are not a comprehensive summary of the coursework a student has attempted.
- Applicants should not submit transcripts that they have typed out themselves. Any documentation that is submitted should originate from the degree-granting institution.
- Foreign transcripts: if not in English, must be accompanied by an English translation.
- Certificate coursework: You only need to provide a transcript for certificate coursework if you earned academic credit in the process of earning the certificate. If you earned continuing education units (CEUs), a transcript does not need to be submitted.
- Study abroad (credits earned at a school outside the U.S.): Please refer to instructions for foreign transcripts.
- Study abroad (credits earned at a school inside the U.S.): Transcripts that fall into this category should be submitted as any other domestic transcripts.
- Transcripts from a clearinghouse or automated service may not be accessible when submitted through MyGrad. As such, it is best to avoid using these services, if possible.
- In order to submit electronic transcripts, the applicant should have them sent to themselves and then upload them into MyGrad.
Please note: The MSIM admissions committee retains the right to require that official transcripts be submitted for review at any time; during the application process or after admissions decisions have been made.
Applicants admitted to the program who accept the offer of admission will be required to submit official transcripts from all degree granting institutions to the Graduate School.
Early-Career program options
Submitting official GRE (or GMAT) scores is required for the Early-Career program application. (See exemption below)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score reports should be electronically reported to the University of Washington.
- Educational Testing Service (GRE score reports) - UW report code 4854, no department code
- Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAT score reports) - UW report code 459-RN-51
Exemption: Applicants who have earned a degree (bachelor's degree or higher) from a regionally accredited institution located in the United States are exempt from the requirement.
Mid-Career MSIM program option
Applicants to the Mid-Career program option are exempt from submitting official GRE or GMAT scores.
English Language Proficiency Requirement for Non-Native English Speakers
Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate proficiency with the English language. The most common way to fulfill this requirement is to submit official TOEFL scores. The ETS report code is 4854.
For the Early-Career program, the minimum TOEFLiBT score is 100. We accept MyBest TOEFL composite scores as a means of meeting this requirement. The Mid-career does not have a minimum TOEFL requirement.
Additional ways to fulfill the English language proficiency requirement are outlined in UW Graduate School Memo 8. The MSIM admissions committee will accept any form of documentation listed, except the IELTS. The MSIM admissions committee will not accept the IELTS to fulfill the UW English language proficiency requirement.