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The MSTI and the UW/ Tsinghua Dual Degree attracts students from highly diverse backgrounds, from recent college graduates all the way to experienced professionals and start up founders.

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

Application Dates and Deadlines

The admissions deadline for the MSTI program is January 6, 2020. The 2020-2021 application is now open.

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 from GIX Admissions.

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The admissions deadline for the Dual Degree program at Tsinghua University is January 24, 2020.

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Important Dual Degree Requirement

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.

To apply to the MSTI, please go to the UW Graduate School website. To learn more about how to apply for MSE(DSIT) degree, please go to the Tsinghua University GIX website.

Online Chat Sessions

We are hosting monthly online chat sessions to answer your questions and provide general support as you fill out your GIX MSTI and Dual Degree applications. Online chats will be run as live Q&A sessions with the GIX Admissions team. RSVP here

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
  • 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, so we can guide you through the process before the application deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about GIX graduate programs and/or the admissions process? Take a look at our FAQs.