The MSTI and the UW-Tsinghua dual degree programs are designed for recent college graduates or early-career professionals who want to make a difference through smart and connected solutions.

We’re seeking a diverse cohort of students with a demonstrated capacity for innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and collaborative teamwork. We expect the 2018 cohort to be between 70 and 100 students.

Application Dates and Deadlines

A new cohort starts every fall.  The application deadline for the 2018 cohort was January 22, 2018. We'll continue to accept applications on a space-available basis until March 16, 2018.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution. Any major is acceptable, provided you have completed the prerequisite coursework or demonstrated your software programming abilities through examples of your work in a digital portfolio.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits (international grades will be converted)
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English (see International Students section)

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Successful completion of at least two computing courses (equivalent of UW CSE 142 and CSE 143) covering basic programming skills and concepts, including procedural programming (methods, parameters, return, values), basic control structures (sequence, if/else, for loop, while loop), file processing and arrays OR evidence of your software programming abilities through examples of your work in a digital portfolio
  • Completion of one of the following: Calculus course equivalent to UW MATH 125 (functions of a single variable) or higher OR a probability and mathematical statistics course equivalent to a 200-level UW STAT course or higher

Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university where you’ve earned a degree or college credit
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Digital portfolio (highly recommended)
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language 

Note: GRE or GMAT scores are not required to apply.

Application Steps

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from every college or university where you earned a degree or college credit. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies, provided they are readable.  Your transcripts should provide evidence that you have completed the prerequisite coursework. If you accept an offer of admission, you will be required to submit an official transcript from your most recent or relevant degree.

Write your personal statement. In a personal statement of no more than 800 words, answer the questions below. This statement will serve as an example of your written communication skills.

The Master of Science in Technology Innovation program prepares its graduates to become innovators in the global market for smart abd connected devices through an immersive, project-based curriculum focused on technology development, design thinking and entrepreneurial skills.

  • What excites you about this educational experience?
  • What are your goals and aspirations, and how will participation in this program help you achieve them?
  • What unique contribution would you bring to enhance the learning experience of your cohort of student peers?

Update your resume or curriculum vitae. Provide a chronology of your academic and professional experience, highlighting the most relevant educational and work activities. Include any interests or volunteer work that have prepared you for this course of study.

Identify people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you. You’ll need to request two to three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references. Ask individuals who know you well and have seen you play a major role on a substantial project, such as faculty members, mentors or supervisors. You’ll need the email addresses of you recommenders for the Graduate School application. They'll each be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they'll submit their recommendations.

If you are applying to the dual degree program, your recommenders will need to submit recommendations to both the UW and Tsinghua University. Because the recommendations can be the same for both institutions, please ask them to address the letter to the "Dual Degree Review Committee" and to recommend you for the "Dual Degree program (MSTI + MEDSIT)." Your recommenders will be contacted by the UW and Tsinghua with instructions on how to submit the recommendations. 

Prepare a digital portfolio of your work (highly recommended). Applicants are encouraged to submit a digital portfolio. Although it’s not required, the portfolio gives the review committee a better idea of your experience and skillset. 

Your portfolio can be anything that demonstrates your interests or creativity through three to five examples of previous work. You can include screenshots of an app you built, a video of a project you worked on, a video for a Kickstarter campaign you launched and so on.

Create the portfolio in a PDF format. You may include examples of your work in the PDF or embed links to other sites, such as your own website or a portfolio website such as GitHub or Squarespace. Don’t submit any hard-copy materials; instead, take photos or brief, two- to three-minute videos of your work to include in the portfolio. Your PDF portfolio should be no larger than 30 MB.

Step Two: Apply

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

Select "Global Innovation Exchange – Interdisciplinary Group (MS in Technology Innovation" as the program name. Indicate whether you want to apply to the MSTI only or the dual degree.

Upload all documents in PDF format:

  • transcripts
  • personal statement
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • digital portfolio (highly recommended)

Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. 

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application. If you cannot afford the application fee, you can request an application fee waiver. The fee waiver is not available to international students.

Important note to dual degree applicants: You will also need to submit your application materials to the Tsinghua program. Please email us at before January 14, 2018, so we can guide you through the process before the application deadline.

International Students

The Master of Science in Technology Innovation program welcomes and encourages international applicants. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or permanent resident. International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program.

Visa Status

International students must have or be eligible for a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. For more information, review the citizenship and visa status section on the Graduate School's application process page, and contact Graduate Enrollment Management Services at or 206-685-2630 if you have any questions.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The Graduate School’s Memo 8 describes several different ways you can do this.

If you’re submitting TOEFL scores, note that the MSTI program requires higher minimum scores than listed in Memo 8. You must earn a score of at least a 100 on the TOEFL iBT, along with a Speaking score of at least 26; applicants with lower scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854; no department code is needed. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.  

More Information

International Applicant Information

Visa Information for F-1 Students and J-1 Exchange Visitors