FAQ for Masters Admissions

Since the following questions are asked often, please review the following FAQ for U.S. and for International applicants, as well as the UW Graduate Admissions FAQ Website.

If you have other questions after reading these web pages, please contact the CM Graduate Department for e-mailed responses.

Frequently Asked Questions – U.S. Applicants

General Information – U.S. Applicants

Prepare – U.S. Applicants

Apply – U.S. Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions – International Applicants

General Information for International Applicants

Prepare – International Applicants

Apply – International Applicants

General Information – US Applicants

Where can I find the Academic Calendar online? top
It is available at http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/calendar.html

Can I view a UW Course Catalog online? top
Yes, it is available at http://www.washington.edu/students/crscat/

How long does it take to earn the degree? top
It takes one year if attending full time, two years if part time.

How much does it cost to attend Graduate School? top
Finances are a major concern for many graduate students. The University of Washington offers a detailed breakdown of Tuition and Related Fees that might be useful when budgeting your finances. You could consult this page for more information on living and tuition estimates http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/tuition.

Where can I get information about financial aid? top
Applicants are encouraged to search for loans or assistance from family, friends, or private sponsors. Website: http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/graduate/

You may also check: http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/gradaid/
As a research grant is awarded to individual faculty members, some support will be offered to current students and will be in the form of RA (Research Assistantships), for which a student may be required to work 20 hours per week for the sponsoring faculty advisor in support of his or her research projects. This work is usually combined with the student’s thesis or dissertation work.

Why is the program called “Evening Degree”? top
The UW Evening Degree Program is an exciting option for students who want to complete their master’s degree but work or have other commitments during the day. The courses are offered through UW Professional & Continuing Education. Admission to the Evening Degree Program is separate from the day program. Students admitted to the Evening Degree Program must plan on completing their degree through the program. Electives are offered day or evening.

Prepare – US Applicants

What is required to apply for graduate study at University of Washington? top
Admission to the University of Washington is a selective process.

  • Applicant should hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Applicant has earned at least a 3.0 or B grade-point-average in the most recent two years of study.

Admission to the Department of Construction Management will adhere to the UW requirements. However, applicants who do not meet the GPA and/or GRE requirements arestill encouraged to apply and their applications will be assessed; in a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee might suggest joining UW as a GNM and take one or more coursesand obtain at least 3.0 (in a 4 point scale) in order to be able to offer admission later on. The committee might offer other course of action, e.g. passing a UW CM certificate with at least 3.0 grade and then reapply for possible admission. The graduate program coordinator’s response letter will explain if any alternative or extra work would be required in order to secure admission.

What are the pre-requisites? top

For applicants that do not have a civil engineering or architecture degrees: they will need to take a Certificate in Construction Management. This can be done on UW campus or online(http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/construction-management.html); the certificate coversthe following courses along with other pre-requisite courses listed on the certificate website.
Once a passing grade (3.0) is obtained, you could apply for the Master degree.

On campus:
CM 410 – Construction Estimating I (Autumn)
CM 411 – Project Planning and Control (Autumn)
CM 421 – Project Management I (Winter)

Distance Learning:
CM 410 – Construction Estimating II (Autumn / Winter)
CM 411 – Project Planning and Control (Winter / Spring)
CM 421 – Project Management I (Autumn / Spring)

For applicants who have a civil engineering or architecture degrees but did not have construction courses (e.g. estimating, planning and scheduling, project management) in their transcripts, they would need to take, after enrollment into the master program, one or more of the above courses based on their construction background, or they would be required to take the course CM 450 Construction Project Management [Summer]. The admission letter will list which course(s) to take. A passing grade will be required. Students who have construction background could take a waiver test instead of taking the course(s).

Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college? top
Yes, the applicants can take the equivalent of the above courses in a community college or other institutions. Each of the above courses is 3 quarter credits (CM450 is 5 credits) and therefore the other institutions’ courses should be equivalent to those taught at UW.

The applicants could elect to join the UW as non-matriculated graduate students and start taking the above courses and other graduate courses (including those in the CM master program), however, that will not guarantee acceptance unless the pre-requisites are met at the time of application to the master program in CM.

Can I take the prerequisites at the same time as my degree? top
Only those applicants who are taking the CM450 (i.e. those who have a civil engineering or architecture degree) can take the pre-requisites during the degree.

Should I take Certificate courses to satisfy the remedial courses for the MS degree? How much will it cost? top
To satisfy the remedial courses, you could take the certificate courses on campus or online.If certificate courses are taken, the student must pay the UW Extension’s fee in addition to the current tuition. A waiver test for each remedial course could be taken if the student elects to do that.

Certificate – through Extension Cost (subject to change)
CM 410 – Construction Estimating II $1,305 plus a $21 technology fee
CM 411 – Project Planning and Control $783 plus a $13 technology fee
CM 421 – Project Management I $522 plus a $9 technology fee

Can the pre-requisite courses be waived? top
Pre-requisite/remedial courses are designed to enhance any construction deficiencies the student has in order to give them a better start when they enter the core courses.

Is there a minimum GPA and are any tests required? top
Yes, a grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for all students, based on the last 60 graded semester hours or last 90 graded quarter hours of undergraduate and graduate study. The Construction Management Dept. requires the GRE (not the GMAT). The GRE is waived if a U.S. applicant already has a Master’s degree. Required minimum scores: 500 on the quantitative section (144 on the new GRE grading scale), no minimum for the other two sections (verbal, written/analytical)

  • Scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). For further information, contact ETS at gre-info@ets.org or http://www.gre.org.
  • Individual graduate programs will often have additional requirements. Test scores must be less than two years old from the test date. No waivers of this English competency requirement will be given.

However, applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA and/or GRE requirements are still encouraged to apply and their applications will be assessed. If the applicant’s GPA and/or GRE are within reasonable range of the minimum requirements and/or have construction experience, then in a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee might suggest the applicant to join UW as a GNM and take one or more courses and obtain at least 3.0 (in a 4 point scale); this will be required to test the applicant’s ability in pursuing graduate studies with good performance. The committee might offer other course of action, e.g. passing a UW CM certificate with at least 3.0 grade and then reapply for possible admission. The graduate program coordinator’s response letter will explain if any alternative or extra work would be required in order to secure admission.

What is the application deadline for U.S. applicants? top

For Autumn quarter admission: February 1

What is a GNM Student? top
A Graduate Nonmatriculated student (GNM) is not presently seeking a degree but may apply a maximum of 12 graduate level credits toward degree requirements should he or she be accepted into a graduate program. It is important to note that acceptance as a GNM student does not imply admission to a graduate degree program. GNM status is not available to persons holding a F-1 visa or expecting this office to issue the application for a F-1 student visa. Check the GNM Frequently asked questions. You could read more about GNM athttp://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/gnm.shtml.

Apply – US Applicants

What documents do I need to submit and where do I send them? top

Start your application process at the graduate school admissions portal to create an applicant profile that will include basic applicant contact and demographic information, citizenship, application account password, and other information. If you are offered admission, you will be required to send original official transcripts to the Graduate School for verification of your B.S. prior degrees and show whether your school was accredited or not.

Required items for your application

Once you created your profile with the graduate school admissions portal, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Unofficial transcripts from all previous educational institutions
  2. GRE scores
  3. TOEFL scores (for international applicants non-native speakers only)
  4. Statement of Purpose
    • This one-page essay explains why you seek admission to the M.S. Construction Management program (see essay instructions within application form).
  5. Personal résumé or CV
  6. Three letters of recommendation
    • From current or former employers or supervisors or former teachers
    • They will be submitted online through MyGrad program

When will I be notified of a decision on my application? top
The Construction Management Department Admissions Committee’s review of all applications begins within two weeks after the application deadline. Decisions will be made as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified through the MyGrad program.

What happens if my application documents arrive after the deadline? top
Any missing information will result in a delay of the review.

What happens after I have received the formal letter of admission? top
All communications regarding admissions will be handled through MyGrad program. After you have been admitted you will need to “accept” the offer on MyGrad program and pay your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit.

General Information – International Students

Am I an international student? top
If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H1-B classification, you would apply to the UW as an international student.

Can I view the Academic Calendar online? top
Yes, it is available at http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/calendar.html .

Can I view a Course Catalog online? top
Yes, it is available at http://www.washington.edu/students/crscat/ .

How much does it cost to attend Graduate School at the University of Washington? top
Students are encouraged to solicit financial support from family, friends or private sponsors. The Construction Management Department may offer an assistantship or research assistant to a current student identified by the CM faculty. You could consult this page for more information on living and tuition estimates http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/tuition

Do you accept all international students? top
Any student who possesses a qualifying undergraduate degree from any accredited foreign institution and meets the minimum requirements is welcome to apply to the University of Washington Graduate School.

Can I be admitted on a conditional basis? top
The University of Washington does not offer admittance until all admission requirements are met. Applicants submitting their application package with a partial completed bachelor degree diploma (e.g. they will complete the B.Sc. degree by June or July) must send or email a copy of their completed transcript as soon as possible on or before end of June in order for the visa processing to be done on time for the fall quarter. If the applicants were unable to send the transcripts before end of June, they should request to have their application considered for the following year.

Do I need to take the GRE exam? What scores do I need on the TOEFL? top
The Construction Management Department requires all applicants take the general GRE. Scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). For further information, contact ETS at gre-info@ets.org or http://www.gre.org. A minimum score of 500 (144 on the new GRE grading scale) in the quantitative section of the GRE is required. No minimum scores have been set for the other sections. A minimum score of 580 (TOEFL) or 237 (TOEFLC), 90 on the MLT, or approximately 93 on the iBt is required for admission to the program. The results of the TOEFL must be received on or before the Department of Construction Management’s application deadline. TOEFL scores older than 2 years are not valid. UW Code – 4854

How long will it take to earn the Master’s Degree? top
The Master’s Degree usually takes one year (4 quarters) for international students who attend classes full-time.

Will the Graduate Program Assistant be able to review my qualifications and let me know my chances of getting accepted? top
The Construction Management’s Admissions Committee reviews the complete application file and makes the final decision. If the applicant carefully reads the information on the department website, the applicant should be able to make an informed decision. Therefore, a preliminary review of an applicant’s qualifications would not be necessary.

May I take a few classes before I apply to the Master’s degree in Construction Management? top
International students on F-1 visas are not eligible to take classes prior to entering the Construction Management program. If you take graduate courses in another institution, you would be able to transfer up to 6 credits to UW subject to these 6 credits were not used to complete another degree.

Is financial assistance available for international students? Are there TA or RA opportunities? top
Applicants are encouraged to search for loans or assistance from family, friends, or private sponsors. Website: http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/graduate/  Since finances are a major concern for many graduate students. The University of Washington offers a detailed breakdown of Tuition and Related Fees. Also, this site would be of help:http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/gradaid/

As a research grant is awarded to individual faculty members, some support will be offered to current students and will be in the form of RA (Research Assistantships), for which a student may be required to work 20 hours per week for the sponsoring faculty advisor in support of his or her research projects. This work is usually combined with the student’s thesis or dissertation work. Similarly, TAs and graders positions would be offered by individual instructors; graduate students are encouraged to ask the faculty members if they have such positions available.

For information regarding tuition and other expenses, please visit:http://depts.washington.edu/cmweb/grad/tuition.html

http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/adminfo.html#International

Options to show your financial ability showing readily available funds sufficient to cover the first year’s educational expenses include: applicant’s personal funds, family or other sponsors must submit original bank statements on bank letterhead; include the name of the account holder and specific amount of funding in U.S. funds. Faxes, internet or photo copies are not accepted. Your financial resource must be readily accessible funds. Stocks, bonds or proof of property ownership are not acceptable financial resources

May I work for an American construction company? top

Your F-1 student status permits you to work part-time on the UW campus (20 hours per week or less) while enrolled in a full course of study, and full-time (more than 20 hours per week) between quarters and during your annual vacation quarter provided you have an I-20 issued by the UW and are in good academic standing. On-campus employment must not displace a United States resident. Off campus employment is done only through CPT and OPT, read below.

On-campus employment includes:
• Employment for the UW (for example, as a teaching or research assistant, or in the library). You may want to check this website for more information http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/assistantships.shtml
• Work performed on-campus for a commercial firm providing direct services to students (for example, the University Bookstore in the HUB).
• Employment at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the UW. The educational affiliation must be associated with your academic department ‘s established curriculum or related to contractually funded projects at the post-graduate level, and be an integral part of your educational program.
• On-campus employment is not permitted after you complete your studies. If you are transferring schools, you may work on-campus only at the school with current access to your SEVIS record.

You can also work off campus under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of your degree and up to 12 month. Read more about OPT here https://iss.washington.edu/employment/f1-employment/opt. CM is part of STEM as therefore international students with OPT can get an 17 month extension to the 12 month OPT.

If I have other concerns, who should I talk to? top
The staff of International Student Services (ISS) is able to help you understand the intersection of immigration and university regulations. Please visit:http://iss.washington.edu/new-students

During your academic enrollment you will be assigned to an advisor who will work with toward completion of your degree. Also, the Graduate Program Coordinator will be available to help in solving any academic problems.

Prepare – International Students

What is required to apply for graduate study at University of Washington? top
Admission to the University of Washington is necessarily a selective process. Prospective international students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university from a foreign institution. They must have earned at least a 3.0 or B grade-point-average in the most recent 2 years of study.

Admission to the Department of Construction Management will adhere to the UW requirements. However, applicants who do not meet the GPA and/or GRE requirements are still encouraged to apply and their applications will be assessed; in a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee might suggest the online heavy construction certificate program(http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/heavy-construction-project-management.html) to take one or more courses and obtain at least 3.0 (in a 4 point scale) in order to be able to offer admission later on. The graduate program coordinator’s response letter will explain if any alternative or extra work would be required in order to secure admission.

What are the pre-requisites? top

For applicants that do not have a civil engineering or architecture degrees: they will need to take a Certificate in Construction Management. This can be done online (http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/construction-management.html); the certificate covers the following courses along with other pre-requisite courses listed on the certificate website.:
Once a passing grade (3.0) is obtained, you could apply for the Master degree.

Distance Learning:
CM 410 – Construction Estimating II (Autumn / Winter)
CM 411 – Project Planning and Control (Winter / Spring)
CM 421 – Project Management I (Autumn / Spring)

For applicants who have a civil engineering or architecture degrees but did not have construction courses (e.g. estimating, planning and scheduling, project management) in their transcripts, they would need to take, after enrollment into the master program, one or more of the above courses based on their construction background, or they would be required to take the course CM 450 Construction Project Management [Summer].  The admission letter will list which course(s) to take. A passing grade will be required. Students who have construction background could take a waiver test instead of taking the course(s). In general, these requirements also help in getting construction training through CPT and/or OPT.

Is there a minimum GPA? Do I need to take the TOEFL? top

Yes, a grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for all students, based on the last 60 graded semester hours or last 90 graded quarter hours of undergraduate and graduate study. The Construction Management Dept. requires the GRE taken (not the GMAT).

§  • Scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). For further information, contact ETS at gre-info@ets.org or http://www.gre.org.

§  • Individual graduate programs will often have additional requirements.
Test scores must be less than two years old from the test date. No waivers of this English competency requirement may be given.
o UW (CM Dept.) – 4854
o TOEFL scores / GRE

However, applicants who do not meet the GPA and/or GRE requirements are still encouraged to apply and their applications will be assessed; in a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee might suggest the online heavy construction certificate program (http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/heavy-construction-project-management.html) to take one or more courses and obtain at least 3.0 (in a 4 point scale) in order to be able to offer admission later on. The graduate program coordinator’s response letter will explain if any alternative or extra work would be required in order to secure admission.

What are the deadlines for applying to the Graduate School? top
Due to the time required for processing international applications, international applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the application and transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the following deadlines:

For Autumn quarter admission: February 1

Apply – International Students

What documents do I need to submit and where do I send them? top

Start your application process at the graduate school admissions portal to create an applicant profile that will include basic applicant contact and demographic information, citizenship, application account password, and other information. If you are offered admission, you will be required to send original official transcripts to the Graduate School for verification of your B.S. prior degrees and show whether your school was accredited or not.

Required items for your application

Once you created your profile with the graduate school admissions portal, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Unofficial transcripts from all previous educational institutions
  2. GRE scores
  3. TOEFL scores (for international applicants only)
  4. Statement of Purpose
    • This one-page essay explains why you seek admission to the M.S. Construction Management program (see essay instructions within application form).
  5. Personal résumé or CV
  6. Three letters of recommendation
    • From current or former employers or supervisors or former teachers
    • They will be submitted online through MyGrad program
  7.  International applicants are required to convert their final degree score into the USA 4-point system in order to obtain an equivalent GPA. Applicants are encouraged to use this website http://www.foreigncredits.com/Resources/GPA-Calculator/ to calculate the equivalent GPA. (Make copy of the screen shots showing the courses credits and scores, and the calculated GPA. Submit as part of the online application.)

How am I notified of a decision on my application? top
The Construction Management Department Admissions Committee’s review of all applications begins within two weeks after the application deadline. Decisions will be made as soon as possible. Notification will be sent by email.

Sometimes applicants provide a transcript that show the applicants still need to complete one or more semesters to get their undergraduate degrees. If that incomplete transcript shows an acceptable GPA, and the applicant has all other requirements met, then the admissions committee would be willing to offer admission if the applicant send his/her completed undergraduate degree transcript as soon as the degree is obtained. For the fall quarter admission, applicants are highly encouraged to send their full transcript by the third week of June or as soon as possible. Unofficial transcript would be fine if emailed (until the original is mailed); this will speed up the visa processing activities. If the applicants are unable to send the full transcripts in time, then they are encouraged to request deferment of their applications to the next quarter.

What happens if my application documents arrive after the deadline? top
All documents must be submitted on-line before the deadline

What happens after I have received the formal letter of admission? top

  1. You will need to “accept” the offer in MyGrad program and then pay our Enrollment Confirmation Deposit.
  2. The Graduate Admissions office will start processing your I-20 Student Visa packet and will mail it directly to you when it is ready. If the Admissions office feels you will need an English course, they will contact you directly.
  3. As soon as possible after you arrive in the U.S., visit the ISS {International Student Services} office http://iss.washington.edu/about-us  on the UW Campus. Contact your assigned CM advisor to arrange a meeting to discuss the program of study.
  4. The UW Registrar’s office will mail your student ID number and registration procedures. Be sure your address is correct.
  5. Registration for any classes will not be until after you meet with your Department’s advisor.

Do I have to attend the FIUTS International Student Orientation AND an Advising & Orientation Session? [Foundation for International Understanding Through Students] top
Yes. The University’s Board of Regents mandates the international student orientation program. It is expected that all new international students admitted to the UW will attend the orientation program. Students will automatically be charged a nonrefundable fee on your first tuition bill, regardless of actual participation. The international student orientation program will help acquaint you with the University and how the education system works, as well as U.S. customs and lifestyles, visa and immigration matters, the Seattle area, and other UW students.

When will I get my student visa? top
As soon as the Construction Management Department receives your acceptance of the offer of admissions, the decision will be sent to the Graduate Admissions office. They will then verify your transcripts and your financial ability. When completed, the Visa application paperwork will begin. This process can take several weeks.

If I have other questions regarding the applying to the University of Washington, where would I find the answers? top
The Graduate Admissions website has answers to many of the concerns applicants have including, statement of financial ability, housing, and postponing attending the University:http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/faq/international.shtml

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