To enroll in the Dual Degree – MSTI + MSE(DSIT) – program, applicants must apply separately to both University of Washington and Tsinghua University. The application materials and requirements are similar for both universities. This means that most of the work you complete for one application will also be applicable for the other.
Application Dates and Deadlines
Applications for fall 2020 admissions are open now through August 17. Applications for the MSTI and Dual Degree will open in October for fall 2021 admission. Our priority deadline for applications will be Jan 18, 2021, and admissions decisions will be communicated in early March, 2021.
MSTI (University of Washington)
Apply to the MSTI through the UW Graduate School website. Once you start an online application, select “Global Innovation Exchange – Interdisciplinary Group (MS in Technology Innovation)” as the program name. Indicate whether you want to apply to MSTI Connected Devices, MSTI Robotics, Dual Degree Connected Devices, or Dual Degree Robotics. Read our advice to new applicants for best practices.
MSE(DSIT) (Tsinghua University)
Applications for admissions to the GIX Dual Degree (MSTI + MSE(DSIT)) for fall of 2020 are no longer being accepted. Applications for fall of 2021 will open in October, 2020. To learn more about the MSE(DSIT) degree, please go to the Tsinghua University website.
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)
- In accordance with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China’s policy, applicants with a mainland Chinese passport must take the Chinese National Graduate Exam to be admitted to the MSE(DSIT) program
- 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
- Successful completion of these course pre-requisites is important, since the MSTI courses are based on the foundational knowledge that is covered in these courses. Students who have not completed all of the pre-requisite courses (or completed them several years ago) tend to struggle academically in the MSTI classes. If you are admitted to the MSTI program and have not completed all of the course pre-requisites, you may be asked to complete a MSTI summer course before you start the program.
- It may be helpful to consider enrolling in an online programming fundamentals course (such as Foundations of Programming (Python) offered online through UW Continuum College) to refresh your skills or learn prerequisite material.
- 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 (Two required, three reccomended)
- 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.
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 see above. 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 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?
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 the right 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.
Upload all documents
Upload the following documents in PDF format:
- 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 email@example.com, so we can guide you through the process before the application deadline.
Tuition and Fees
The Master of Science in Technology Innovation is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the Graduate School, in collaboration with UW Continuum College.
Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for all students. In addition to course fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration and technology fees. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. Costs for textbooks or other course materials are extra.
The estimates below are based on 2020–2021 rates and are subject to change without notice.
|Cost per credit:||$900|
|Number of credits required:||60|
|Estimated course fees for MSTI degree:||$54,000|
|Estimated course fees for GIX Dual Degree:||$77,000|
Financial Aid and Other Funding
We highly encourage you to start exploring financial aid options as soon as you decide to apply to the program. U.S. students can apply for various forms of financial aid, including scholarships and loans. Because MSTI is a fee-based program — rather than a state-funded one — students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or University grants. For more information about financial aid available to fee-based students, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website.
International students may be able to apply for government and industry scholarships available in their home countries.
There are limited partial scholarship funds for MSTI and GIX dual degree students. All applicants will be considered, and scholarships will be awarded directly after admissions decisions are made. While these scholarships may provide some financial support, they do not cover all program fees or any living expenses.
MSTI Need-based Scholarship
There are a limited number of partial need-based scholarships. The application process for the MSTI Need Based Scholarship will be posted when the MSTI application opens in October 2021. All applicants will be considered, and scholarships will be awarded directly after admissions decisions are made. The monetary amount and number of scholarships awarded will vary each year.
If you do not have a U.S. social security number, once you submit the MSTI Application for Need-Based Scholarship, we will email you the Financial Need Form For Non-Citizen/Permanent Residents.
All applicants will be considered, and scholarships will be awarded directly after admissions decisions are made. The monetary amount and number of scholarships awarded will vary each year.
Tsinghua University Funding
Please contact Tsinghua GIX staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about Tsinghua University scholarships and financial aid for Dual Degree students.
Academic Network Scholarships
Students coming from GIX Academic Network institutions (École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, National Taiwan University, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and University of British Columbia) are eligible for an additional fellowship. Email us if you have questions or to learn more about the fellowship.
Graduate Funding Information Service
The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses. GFIS representatives host workshops, post funding announcements and meet one-on-one with students.
Some employers will cover all or part of the cost of a professional education. Check with your employer to see if such a program is available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions about GIX graduate programs and/or the admissions process? Take a look at our FAQs.