Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to US and International applicants.  You can also find answers on the UW Graduate Admissions FAQ Webpage.

If you have additional questions after reading through those listed below, please contact the CM Adviser for emailed responses.

Frequently Asked Questions – US Applicants

General Information – US Applicants

[spoiler title=”Where can I find the Academic Calendar or the Course Catalog?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Click to find the UW Academic Calendar here.

Click to find the UW Course Catalog here.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”How long does it take to earn a Masters in CM?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

If you are attending full time, it will take one year.

If you are attending part-time it will take two years. [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”How much does it cost to attend Graduate School?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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. Consult this page for more information on living and tuition estimates: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/tuition[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Where can I get information about financial aid?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Applicants are encouraged to search for loans or assistance from family, friends, or private sponsors.

You may also check: http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/gradaid/

As Research Grants are awarded to individual faculty members, some support can be offered to current students 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.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Why is the program called Evening Degree?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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.[/spoiler]

Preparation – US Applicants

[spoiler title=”What is required to apply for graduate study at the University of Washington?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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 are still 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 courses and obtain at least 3.0 (in a 4 point scale) in order to be able to offer admission later on.  The committee might offer another 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.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What are the prerequisites?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

For applicants that do not have an architecture or civil engineering degree: you will need to complete the Certificate in Construction Management. This can be done on the UW campus or online at: http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/construction-management.html.  The certificate covers the following courses along with other prerequisite courses listed on the certificate website.

Once a passing grade of 3.0 or higher is obtained, you can apply for the Master’s 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 do have a civil engineering or architecture degree, but do not have construction courses (e.g. estimating, planning and scheduling, project management) on their transcripts, you would need to take one or more of the above courses based on your construction background (after enrollment into the master program).  You may also be required to take CM 450 Construction Project Management [Summer].  Your admission letter will list which course(s) to take.  A passing grade will be required.

Students who have a construction background can take a waiver test instead of taking the course(s).[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Yes, applicants can take the equivalent of the above courses at a community college or another institute.  Each of the above courses are 3 credit courses (with the exception of CM450, it 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.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Can I take the prerequisites at the same time as my degree?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Only applicants who are taking CM 450, i.e. those who have a civil engineering or architecture degree, can take prerequisites at the as the degree.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Can I take Certificate courses to satisfy the remedial courses for the MS degree? How much would it cost?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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 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]  [/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”Can prerequisite courses be waived?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Prerequisite/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.  [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What is the minimum GPA?  Are placement tests required?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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 Department of Construction Management requires the GRE (not the GMAT), which will be waived if a US applicant already holds a Master’s degree.
(GRE currently waived for 2021 and 2022 applicants)

  • A minimum score of 500 is required on the quantitative section (144 on the new GRE grading scale) with no minimum for the other two sections (verbal, written/analytical).
  • Scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  For further information go to:  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.

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 or GRE are within a reasonable range of the minimum requirements and/or have construction experience, then the admissions committee might suggest the applicant join UW as a GNM (Graduate Non-Matriculated).  The committee might also offer another 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.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What is a GNM Student?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

A Graduate Non-Matriculated 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 any graduate degree program.  GNM status is not available to persons holding an F-1 visa or expecting this office to issue an application for an F-1 student visa.

You can read more about GNM at: https://grad.uw.edu/admission/understanding-the-application-process/graduate-non-matriculated-students/[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What is the application deadline for US Applicants?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines page for guidance.[/spoiler]

Application – US Applicants

[spoiler title=”What documents do I need to submit and where do I send them?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Start your Application for Graduate Study in the MyGrad Portal by creating a new profile that will include basic contact and demographic information, citizenship, and other information.  You will need to set a password for this portal so you are able to access as necessary.  If you are offered admission, you will be required to send original official transcripts to the Graduate School for verification of your prior degree(s) and proof of school accreditation.

REQUIRED ITEMS FOR YOUR APPLICATION:

Once you created your profile in the MyGrad portal, you will need to submit the following information (online, through MyGrad):

  1. Unofficial Transcripts (from all previous educational institutions)
  2. GRE Scores (currently waived for 2021 and 2022 applicants)
  3. Statement of Purpose
    • One page essay explaining why you seek admission to the M.S. Construction Management program (essay instructions in the application form).
  4. Personal Résumé or CV
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
    • From current or former employers, supervisors, or teachers.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”When will I be notified of a decision on my application?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The Department of Construction Management’s Admissions Committee will review all applications within two weeks after the application deadline.  Decisions will be made as soon as possible.  Applicants will be notified through the MyGrad program.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What happens if my application documents arrive after the deadline?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Any missing or late documentation will result in the delay of a review. [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What happens after I have received the formal letter of admission?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

All communications regarding admissions are handled through the MyGrad portal. After you have been admitted you need to “accept” the offer in MyGrad and pay your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit.[/spoiler]

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Frequently Asked Questions – International Applicants

General Information – International Applicants

[spoiler title=”Am I an international student?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

If you are currently in the US on an F-1 Visa, a J-1 Visa, an Exchange Visitors, or an H1-B classification you would apply to the UW as an international student.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Where can I find the Academic Calendar or the Course Catalog?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Click to find the UW Academic Calendar here.

Click to find the UW Course Catalog here.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”How long does it take to earn a Masters in CM?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

If attending full time it usually takes one year (4 quarters) to complete.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”How much does it cost to attend Graduate School?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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. Consult this page for more information on living and tuition estimates: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/tuition[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Do you accept all international students?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Any student who possesses a qualifying undergraduate degree from an accredited foreign institution and meets the minimum requirements is welcome to apply to the University of Washington Graduate School.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Can I be admitted on a conditional basis?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The University of Washington does not offer admittance until all requirements are met.  Applicants submitting an application package with a partially completed bachelor degree (e.g. they will complete the B.S. degree by June or July) must send or email a copy of their completed transcript as soon as possible (before end of June) in order for the visa processing to be done on time for the fall quarter.  If applicant is unable to send transcripts before the end of June, they should request to have their application considered for the following year.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Do I need to take the GRE?  What score do I need on the TOEFL?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The Department of Construction Management requires the GRE (not the GMAT).
(GRE currently waived for 2021 and 2022 applicants)

  • A minimum score of 500 is required on the quantitative section (144 on the new GRE grading scale) with no minimum for the other two sections (verbal, written/analytical).
  • Scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  For further information go to:  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.

English language proficiency is required for Graduate study in any Department at UW and can be demonstrated by:

  • Applicants using TOEFL test scores must submit official scores electronically via ETS, using the University of Washington’s institution code 4854.
  • Required minimum TOEFL score for admission.
    • 580 on the TOEFL pBT
    • 92 or higher on the TOEFL iBT
  • The results of the TOEFL must be received on or before the Department of Construction Management’s application deadline.
  • An offer of admission cannot be extended prior to the receipt of official scores. [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Will the Graduate Program Assistant be able to review my qualifications and let me know my chances of getting accepted?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The Department of 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. [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”May I take a few classes before I apply to the Master’s degree program in Construction Management?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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 may be able to transfer up to 6 credits to UW, so long as these 6 credits are not being used to complete another degree.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Is financial assistance available for international students? Are there TA or RA opportunities?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Applicants are encouraged to search for loans or assistance from family, friends, or private sponsors.  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: https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/

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

Options for showing readily available funds that are sufficient to cover the first year’s educational expenses:

  • Applicant’s personal funds
  • Family or other sponsors must submit original bank statements on bank letterhead that include the name of the account holder and specific amount of funding in U.S. funds. Faxes or photocopies are not accepted.
  • Your financial resource must be readily accessible funds; stocks, bonds or proof of property ownership are not acceptable financial resources.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Can I work for an American construction company?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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.

  • 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.

Off-Campus employment is done only through CPT and OPT.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completion of your degree and up to 12 months. 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 a 17-month extension to the 12 months OPT.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”If I have other concerns, who should I talk to?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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 toward the completion of your degree. Also, the Graduate Program Coordinator will be available to help in solving any academic problems.[/spoiler]

Preparation – International Applicants

[spoiler title=”What is required to apply for graduate study at the University of Washington?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Admission to the University of Washington’s Graduate School is a necessarily selective process.  As a prospective international student, you must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, university, or foreign institution, and you must have earned a B or 3.0 grade-point-average in the most recent 2 years of study.

Admission to the Department of Construction Management will adhere to 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.  The admissions committee may suggest a particular course of action 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.
(GRE currently waived for 2021 and 2022 applicants)[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What are the prerequisites?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

For applicants that do not have an architecture or civil engineering degree: you will need to complete the Certificate in Construction Management. This can be done on the UW campus or online at: http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/construction-management.html.  The certificate covers the following courses along with other prerequisite courses listed on the certificate website.

Once a passing grade of 3.0 or higher is obtained, you can apply for the Master’s 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 do have a civil engineering or architecture degree, but do not have construction courses (e.g. estimating, planning and scheduling, project management) on their transcripts, you would need to take one or more of the above courses based on your construction background (after enrollment into the master program). You may also be required to take CM 450 Construction Project Management [Summer]. Your admission letter will list which course(s) to take. A passing grade will be required.

Students who have a construction background can take a waiver test instead of taking the course(s).[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”Is there a minimum GPA?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

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.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What are the deadlines for applying to the Graduate School?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines page for guidance.[/spoiler]

Application – International Applicants

[spoiler title=”What documents do I need to submit and where do I send them?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

Start your Application for Graduate Study in the MyGrad Portal by creating a new profile that will include basic applicant contact and demographic information, citizenship, 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 prior degree(s) and proof of school accreditation.

REQUIRED ITEMS FOR YOUR APPLICATION:

Once you’ve created your profile in the MyGrad portal, you will need to provide the following information(online, through MyGrad):

  1. Unofficial transcripts from all previous educational institutions
  2. GRE scores  (currently waived for 2021 and 2022 applicants)
  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 the 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 US 4-point system in order to obtain an equivalent GPA. Applicants are encouraged to use this website https://www.scholaro.com/gpa-calculator/ to calculate the equivalent GPA.
    • It’s advised to take screenshots showing the course credits, scores, and calculated GPA.  Submit pictures as part of your online application.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”How and When am I notified of a decision on my application?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The Department of Construction Management’s Admissions Committee reviews all applications within two weeks of the application deadline. Decisions will be made soon after the review process and notification will be sent by email.

For Fall Quarter admission, applicants are highly encouraged to send an official transcript by the third week of June.  An unofficial transcript will suffice if emailed (official, original should be mailed when available) as this may speed up visa processing activities.  If you are unable to send the full transcripts by the application deadline, you are encouraged to request a deferment of your application to the next quarter.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What happens if my application documents arrive after the deadline?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

All documents must be submitted and received on-line before the deadline[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What happens after I have received the formal letter of admission?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

You need to “accept” the offer in MyGrad portal and pay our Enrollment Confirmation Deposit.

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.

As soon as possible after you arrive in the US, visit the ISS office (International Student Services at https://iss.washington.edu/about-us/) on the UW Campus, and contact your assigned CM Advisor to arrange a meeting and discuss the program of study.

The UW Registrar’s office will mail your student ID number and registration procedures.  Be sure your physical mailing address is correct. Registration for any classes will not be done until you meet with your CM Adviser.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”What is FIUTS  and do I have to attend the International Student Orientation AND an Advising & Orientation Session?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The FIUTS or Foundation for International Understanding Through Students is a nonprofit organization based on the campus of the University of Washington and is focused on promoting international understanding and community.

You must attend both orientation sessions.  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 US customs and lifestyles, visa and immigration matters, the Seattle area, and other UW students.[/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”When will I get my student visa?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]This process can take several weeks to complete. [/spoiler]

[spoiler title=”If I have other questions regarding applying to the University of Washington, where would I find the answers?” style=”fancy” icon=”chevron”]

The Graduate Admissions Applications Process webpage is a great place to start looking for answers to many of the concerns applicants have including a statement of financial ability, housing, and postponing attending the University.[/spoiler]

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