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MSIM admissions

Become a part of the Information School’s vision, mission and values. The information below will help you create a compelling application, highlighting your past experiences and future goals, and connecting those with the MSIM program and UW Information School, will set you on a path to success.

Key deadlines

Term
PRIORITY I DEADLINE – up to $3,000 merit-based scholarship
PRIORITY II DEADLINE – up to $3,000 merit-based scholarship
FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE*
TERM START
SUMMER 2024
FEBRUARY 28, 2024
APRIL 3, 2024
MAY 8, 2024
JUNE 17, 2024
AUTUMN 2024
JUNE 5, 2024
JULY 10, 2024
AUGUST 14, 2024
SEPTEMBER 25, 2024

Merit-based scholarships may be available. All students who apply to the MSIM program will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships, also called the Dean’s Scholarship, for up to $3,000. There is no additional application for these scholarships. Contact our enrollment team at 206-686-7756 or msimonline@uw.edu for more details.

*Submit a completed application by the final deadline for consideration.

Admissions requirements

  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree or higher in any discipline (must be equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution). The undergraduate degree must be awarded before MSIM courses begin. Applicants may apply before their degree is awarded.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree from outside the U.S. or Canada must submit official GRE scores. All Mid-Career applicants are exempt from this requirement.
  • Non-native English speakers must fulfill the UW English language proficiency requirements. When fulfilling this requirement through test scores, the following minimum test score must be met:
    • TOEFLiBT – 100
    • Duolingo – 120
    • IELTS – 7.0
  • Mid-Career applicants must show five years of relevant professional experience post-undergraduate degree. Early-Career and Early-Career Accelerated applicants are not required to show work experience.
  • The UW Graduate School has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. Any applicant with a GPA below 3.0 is welcome to apply to the MSIM program. They will need to demonstrate professional achievements, analytical and intellectual maturity, and overall readiness for graduate education through their application.

Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose is an essential component of your application. It should be a well-written and carefully crafted essay that is 900-1,200 words in length (graphics can be included but are not required). Consider utilizing a resource to check for grammar and spelling errors. It is required that you address the following two critical questions:

  • Explain your decision to pursue an MSIM degree, including what information management area(s) of study interest you and how they meet your career aspirations. Mention your personal motivation, professional and academic goals in pursuing the MSIM degree, and your previous experience as it relates to the MSIM program.
  • How does the MSIM program at the UW iSchool align with your values and personal mission? How will you contribute to the MSIM and iSchool community? Please discuss how you align with and will contribute to the mission and vision of the iSchool as it relates to leadership, equity, inclusion, innovation and service. Tell us your story, the life opportunities and challenges you have faced, and how these experiences have shaped you.

International admissions requirements

International students are welcome and eligible to apply. An international student is defined as any person who is not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident and who requires a visa to be in the U.S., including individuals who have visas with the designation F-1, J-1, H-4, etc. International students who wish to study online are not eligible for a U.S. student visa.

There are no separate application requirements or procedures for international applicants. Please follow the same application process and submit the same materials as instructed.

Application materials

Review and/or consideration of incomplete applications or late materials is at the discretion of the MSIM admissions committee. If application materials are missing due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control, the committee will take that into consideration and make its judgment based on the information available.

All application materials must be submitted online. Do not mail paper application materials to the iSchool.

This page describes the process for online MSIM applicants. Residential applicants should follow the on-campus MSIM Admissions instructions.

  • Online application
    • Start your online application.
    • Application directions
      • Applicants must first select Program: “Master of Science in Information Management” then select a track from the below options:
        • Mid-Career Online”
        • “Early-Career Online”
        • “Early-Career Accelerated Online”
  • Supporting materials
    • Statement of purpose
    • Letters of recommendation (two required and third optional)
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Transcripts (only unofficial transcripts from degree-granting institutions are required for submission)
  • GRE or GMAT scores, required only for those with an undergraduate degree from outside the U.S. and Canada.
  • Application fee
    • The application fee is $85, payable online by debit or credit card through your application.
  • English language proficiency 
    • Non-native English speakers must fulfill the UW English language proficiency requirements. When fulfilling this requirement through test scores, the following minimum test score must be met:
      • TOEFLiBT – 100
      • Duolingo – 120
      • IELTS – 7.0

Scheduled events

M.S. in Information Management | Lunch & Learn | Online Modality
Wednesday March 6, 2024
11:00 a.m. PT
M.S. in Information Management | Program Outcomes
Wednesday April 10, 2024
06:00 p.m. PT
M.S. in Information Management | Alumni Panel | Online Modality
Wednesday May 1, 2024
06:00 p.m. PT

On-demand content

Master’s of Information Management | Program Overview
Ongoing
Master’s of Information Management | Application Walkthrough
Ongoing