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We’re seeking a diverse cohort of learners who have demonstrated a capacity for innovative thinking, creative problem solving, and collaborative teamwork.

GIX programs attract students with diverse backgrounds and types of experience ranging from recent college grads to experienced professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Applications for the MSTI and dual degree are now open for admission starting in fall 2021. To speak with an advisor please contact MSTI@uw.edu.

Overview

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 the MSTI and dual degree programs are now open for admission starting in fall 2021. The deadline for the MSTI is January 18, 2021, and admissions decisions will be communicated in mid-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.

Apply to MSTI

MSE(DSIT) (Tsinghua University)

Applications for admission to the dual degree (MSTI + MSE(DSIT)) for start in fall of 2021 is now open. To learn more about the MSE(DSIT) degree, please go to the Tsinghua University website.

Apply to Tsinghua

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

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
  • 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.

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 (Two required, three recommended)
  • 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

    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

  • Online Application

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

  • Recommendations

    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 msti@uw.edu, 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

Financial Aid

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.

MSTI Scholarships

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.

Tsinghua University Funding

Please contact Tsinghua GIX staff at gix@tsinghua.edu.cn for information about Tsinghua University scholarships and financial aid for Dual Degree students.

Academic Network Fellowships

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.

Employer Assistance

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.

FAQs