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We appreciate your interest in the program and feel that your skills and strengths contribute to a diverse community of learners with a common focus on creating impact through innovative technologies. We understand that deciding on a graduate program is a significant decision that requires an investment of resources and time. To help you determine if the MSTI is the right fit for you, this page has information about the student experience and the daily life of being a UW graduate student while working at the Steve Ballmer Building in Bellevue, Washington.

Student Experience

When researching the MSTI program, Bety found that the academic approach of combining business and design with technical skills stood out to her as being a perfect path that allowed her to use her skills from her background in social sciences.

Admitted Students Webinar

Learn from faculty and current students everything you need to know about preparing to study at GIX, career outcomes, and more.

Virtual Visit Day: MSTI Logistics + Meet and Greet

Learn details about the UW MSTI degree, logistics of the program, and more, as well as hearing from current and former students.

Virtual Visit Day: Steve Ballmer Building + Makerspace virtual tour

Learn more about the Steve Ballmer Building, home to the Global Innovation Exchange, as well as the makerspace within it.

Next Steps

As the University of Washington has moved to virtual classes for spring quarter, we will be offering a few ways for you to connect with our faculty, staff, and students virtually. We will host some sessions live and post the recording here afterwards so you can view them when it fits your schedule.

Read Student Stories

Hear from three MSTI & Dual Degree alumni to learn more about how GIX prepared them for their careers.

Read about the work being done right now by cohort 3 students and how it impacts healthcare and social needs.

Learn about the final Launch Projects created by cohort 2 students in partnership with GIX Consortium industry partners.

Technology Fundamentals Class

The technology fundamentals course is designed for applicants who need a refresher or might not have completed the technical course prerequisites . This course will be available for any admitted students at no charge during the last month of summer quarter (mid-August to mid-September). More info to follow.


How to Accept the Offer

April 15, 2020 was the priority deadline to accept the offer of admission for the MSTI program. We are aware that some applicants need more time in order to make their decision given the current COVID-19 situation. Applicants needing more time to make a decision have until May 8, 2020. Accepting the offer is a two-step process:

  1. Notify us that you accept the offer by changing your status in the application system. This will trigger a notification to you with your UW student ID number and with information on how to pay the non-refundable deposit.
  2. Pay the non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to your fall quarter tuition.

Once you have paid your deposit, you will be part of the Class of 2021. Congratulations!

Please allow time for wire transfer or other financial transactions so that your deposit is received by May 8. Contact us at if you anticipate any delays in completing the deposit.

Should you decide to decline the offer, please notify us as soon as possible by changing your status in the application system.

Additional information for international students. For details about visas and other information see the UW Grad School page.

The great part about GIX is they encourage you to take risks. If you have a goal, you have all the facilities and resources you need. Fundamentally, the University of Washington is a collaborative space, and we're all working toward the same goal.

Will Buchanan, UW MSTI graduate

Costs and Finances

At this time, all available scholarships have been awarded and messaged to accepted students via email.

For full funding information, please visit the Tuition and Fees section of the admissions + cost webpage.

Because the cost of graduate school is more than tuition and fees, we have created some estimate you can use in order to budget for your time in graduate school.

Cost of living estimates while studying at the University of Washington:

Cost of living estimates while studying at Tshinghua University (For Dual Degree students):


Career Outcomes 

If you are interested in learning more about career outcomes and career services available for students in the MSTI program, please visit our graduate outcomes page.

UW Seattle Campus

As a graduate student at the University of Washington, you have access to spaces, services and organizations housed in the Steve Ballmer building and on the UW Seattle campus. View the full list of student services here.

Watch a video tour of the UW campus


The University of Washington is focused on making decisions for operations that prioritizes the health of students, faculty and staff. With that in mind, spring quarter has been moved to online classes and our faculty have focused on leveraging new tools and multiple online platforms to optimize student learning and provide opportunities for creative and innovative project work. If you would like to learn more about our coronavirus response, please visit the GIX coronavirus page.

At this time, we expect classes to return to in person meetings in the fall. We currently only consider deferrals of admission on a case-by-case basis for exceptional circumstance.  If the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the normal operations, we will look to the guidance from the University of Washington and will communicate any changes with students as soon as we are able (likely not until later this summer.)

Update June 10, 2020: We are aware of the current difficulty in obtaining a visa to study in the US due to the ongoing closure of US embassies. For any students unable to obtain a visa in time to arrive in the US for the start of fall quarter, we will ensure that you can begin the program remotely by taking the Autumn MSTI courses online. We will share more information about those plans in August.