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Applying to the University of Washington Master of Science in Technology Innovation/Dual Degree

Application Dates and Deadlines:

MSTI Application Deadline, fall 2023 Start

Applications for fall 2023 have closed.

Decisions for all applications submitted after January 20th and before April 7th are expected in May 2023.


Applications for fall 2024 will begin in September 2023.

Dual Degree Deadline, fall 2023 Start

The applications for the dual degree for fall 2023 are now closed.  Applications will open in September 2023 for the 2024 start year.

Application Steps

Prepare your documents

  • Document Requirements


    Prepare transcripts from every college or university where you earned a degree or college credit. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies, and ensure that they are readable. Your transcripts should show your GPA, and number of credit hours per course completed, and also provide evidence that you have completed the prerequisite coursework listed here. If you accept an offer of admission, you will be required to submit an official transcript from your most recent or relevant degree.

    Letters of Recommendation:

    You will need to request two to three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references. Ask individuals who know you well and can speak to the skills, abilities, and experiences that would make you a great candidate for the MSTI program. Recommendations can come from faculty members, mentors or supervisors. You will need to enter the email address for each recommender into the Graduate School application which will trigger an email directing them to a secure website where they can submit their letters.

    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)." Please consult the Tsinghua University website for more information about submitting your recommendations to their application.

    Resume or curriculum vitae:

    Prepare a resume or curriculum vitae to 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.

  • Write your Personal Statement

    In a personal statement of no more than 800 words, answer the questions below and discuss how they relate to the specific degree program you are applying for (MSTI-Connected Devices, MSTI-Robotics, Dual Degree-Connected Devices, Dual Degree-Robotics). 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 connected devices or robotics 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?

  • Create your Portfolio

    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. Examples of items to feature in your portfolio might include screenshots of an app you built, a video of a project you worked on, or a video for a Kickstarter campaign you launched.

    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. Please do not submit any hard-copy materials; instead, take photos or create brief, two- to three-minute videos of your work to include in the portfolio. Your PDF portfolio should be no larger than 30 MB.

Submit your Application

  • Online Application

    Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

    1. Select the MSTI program

    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.

    2. Upload all documents

    Upload the following documents in PDF format:
    - transcripts
    - personal statement
    - resume or curriculum vitae
    - digital portfolio (highly recommended)

    3. Recommendations

    Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Include their contact information, and remind your recommenders to expect an email from the University of Washington.

    4. Submit your application fee

    If you cannot afford the application fee, you can request an application fee waiver from the graduate school. 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 review the Tsinghua Website for directions.

Dual Degree Applications

  • Submit Documents to Tsinghua University

    In addition to the MSTI application at the University of Washington, you will need to submit a separate application for the MSE (DSIT) program to Tsinghua University. You can find the instructions for the application process along with important dates and deadlines on the Tsinghua website.

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