If I’m not admitted to the Dual Degree program, will I automatically be considered for the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI)?
Yes, if you are not admitted to the Dual Degree, we will automatically consider you for the MSTI program. You will not be required to resubmit an application.
Can I change my mind and apply to the Dual Degree after I have started the MSTI?
No, you cannot enroll after already starting the MSTI program. Tsinghua University requires you to be dually enrolled, which means you must elect to complete the Dual Degree in your initial application.
Is the GRE or GMAT required? If not, should I submit them anyway?
No, they are not required. Please do not submit them as they will not be considered in the review process.
I will earn/have earned my undergraduate degree from a U.S./UK university. Do I still need to take the TOEFL test?
Every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency as it’s required for graduate study at the University of Washington. To ensure you meet the language requirements, please go to the Graduate School’s Memo 8.
If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please 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 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.
Do you accept IELTS scores?
Can I retake the TOEFL exam and submit my new scores?
Yes, as long as you can ensure that the UW Graduate School will receive your new scores by the application date.
How do I confirm that you have received all of my admission materials?
Please contact the UW Graduate School at email@example.com to confirm they have received your admission materials.
What are the technical requirements to apply? Do I need a background in computer science?
You do not need a degree in computer science to apply, but you do need to meet the admission requirements and the prerequisite coursework.
I have not completed the prerequisite courses, but I have the skills. What options do I have?
Please contact the GIX Admissions Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to help you identify specific options for completing equivalent prerequisite courses.
Can I complete prerequisite courses after I apply?
No, these need to be completed before submitting your application.
If I am admitted and cannot start the program in the fall, can I defer my admission until a later date?
No, you cannot defer your admission to a later date. We encourage you to apply for the following year.
Funding and Scholarships
Can I work as a RA/TA while in the program?
This is a full-time, intensive program. We strongly discourage students to take on RA/TA.
Can I complete an internship during the MSTI/Dual Degree program?
Due to the intensive, accelerated, and full-time structure of the curriculum, requiring frequent project team work outside of class, we do not support full-time internships during quarters of full-time academic study. We recommend current students to postpone internships or outside work until they complete their academic degree requirements. Industry relevant work experience is a component of the student-industry launch projects, where students work directly with an industry sponsor on a relevant business problem.
A 6th quarter internship option is available for students in the MSTI program and will be offered during winter quarter after the completion of the majority of the program’s coursework.
Is this a full-time or part-time program?
It is an intensive, full-time program. Expect a commitment of 40 to 50 hours per week.
When are classes typically offered? Can I take classes online?
Classes are offered during the day at the GIX Steve Ballmer Building in the Spring District, Bellevue. We require students to attend the classes in person and do not provide instruction online.
How is GIX different from other programs like, MHCID, CSE, HCDE, etc.? What makes the GIX MSTI distinctive?
The MSTI is an interdisciplinary, hands-on, and technical program that gives learners the opportunity to understand entrepreneurship, technology, and design thinking in a global context. We attract students with diverse backgrounds from all over the world.
Designed specifically for the GIX program, the Steve Ballmer Building offers many distinctive learning spaces that foster collaboration and project- and team-based learning. Of those other programs, the GIX MSTI only one that incorporates specific curriculum in business and entrepreneurship, along with technical development.
Who owns the intellectual property of projects completed during the MSTI?
For the majority of projects completed during the MSTI, students will own the intellectual property related to those projects. Some industry-sponsored launch projects could have alternate agreements which will be discussed with students when they undertake such a project. If/when questions about IP arise, we work with the UW CoMotion Team to address those questions and provide guidance.
Which people and companies will I have an opportunity to work with?
GIX partners with a range of top local and global companies and nonprofits.
For the final phase of the MSTI program, GIX students form interdisciplinary teams to develop high-impact projects that address real-world challenges. Completed in collaboration with GIX’s Consortium, which includes companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, Boeing, AT&T, and Baidu, the projects are designed to challenge students to create innovative solutions using emerging technologies.
The program also includes access to a network of mentors. The mentorship program is voluntary and brings together successful professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to help guide students with their career and professional development goals.
During the program, there are other opportunities to learn from highly successful leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. For our first cohort, as an example, we organized a weekly speaker series featuring fireside chats with Steve Davis, CEO of Path; Raj Singh, the CEO of Accolade; and more.
What are some current projects that students are working on?
The nature of student’s projects varies. If you would like to see some examples, please navigate to the student-industry launch projects page on our website.
Is this considered a STEM program? Does it allow for OPT extension?
Yes, it is considered a STEM program and MSTI students are eligible for OPT plus the 24 month extension. For specific questions about OPT, please visit the UW International Student Services office website.
What kind of jobs will I be eligible for after completing this program?
The interdisciplinary, project-based nature of GIX graduate programs opens the door to a variety of potential career paths. Students graduate with the technical, design thinking, and entrepreneurial skills to work in traditional software/hardware/design technology jobs, launch their own startup, join a new venture team at a leading company or nonprofit, or advance their academic pursuits.
Please see our recent blog to learn more about a few of the jobs of GIX graduates.
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Can I talk to an advisor, faculty and/or current students?
Please start by attending one of our information sessions to meet faculty, staff, and students. If you can’t attend an information session or if you have additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Can I come visit the GIX Building?
Yes, we offer weekly tours of the building open to anyone interested in seeing the space and learning more our vision, history, and programs. Please sign up to a tour on our website.