You may apply to the BS/MS program at different points in your undergraduate studies. Most students apply at the end of their junior years after completing all required 300-level CSE courses, or when they have roughly one year left in their undergraduate studies. A small number apply later, while finishing senior-level requirements. However, all students must begin graduate coursework within one year of receiving their bachelor's degrees. If you are unsure when to apply, please contact a CSE advisor.
The following are the minimum requirements for applying to the Allen School's Combined Bachelor's/Master's program:
- You are a current Allen School CS or CE undergraduate major. Students who have already graduated are ineligible to apply.
- You have junior standing or beyond (90 or more credits).
- Your GPA is 3.0 or higher.
- You have completed all required 300-level CSE courses (311, 312, 332, 351 are the most important. If you are missing a course you still may be eligible to apply and can contact BS/MS advising to understand your options.)
Competitive applicants will exceed these minimums, typically showing higher grades, CSE coursework beyond the minimum required, and strong written application materials.
The BS/MS application is open now and will close on June 7th at 11:59. Apply here: https://norfolk.cs.washington.edu/csem_app
A couple of notes about the application:
- We will contact your faculty recommenders after the application closes. You should talk to them in advance, but do not need to coordinate the actual recommendation process.
- You may not find a person you want to use as a reference in the drop down menu. If that is the case, it may be that:
- They are a graduate student with whom you have been doing research. In that case, we generally encourage them to work with their faculty adviser to submit on their behalf. Please let us know if this is problematic. Graduate students who have taught courses are fine to have as references and should be on there.
- They may be a guest lecturer. In that case, if we still have contact with them we will try to include them. Contact us with questions.
- They may be affiliate faculty and may not be in our system yet. Let us know and we’ll have it updated.
- They may be totally unaffiliated with CSE. If you would still like to use them as references, please email us.
- May 18th: Application opens
- June 7th, 11:59pm: Application closes
- Mid June: Faculty recommenders submit feedback; BS/MS Admissions Committee reviews applications
- Early July: Decisions sent
Your application requires the following components:
- Statement of Purpose. Recommended length: 750-1000 words. Topics to address include: (1) Why are you interested in pursuing a combined BS/MS? (2) What specific aspects of the program interest you, such as areas of study? (3) What makes you a good candidate for this program?
- References. List 2-3 CSE faculty members or affiliate faculty as references. You must have at least 2 references who can speak to your classwork and/or research abilities. A third reference is strongly encouraged, and could either be a faculty member for whom you were a TA or another reference who knows you from classwork or research. It is courteous to ask faculty members before listing them as references.
- Transcripts: Upload a copy of your UW unofficial transcript (use the "printer-friendly" version from MyUW).
- Resume: You have the option to upload a current resume.
- MyCSE: Confirm that your MyCSE profile is up-to-date, including scholarships, co-ops/internships, and research.
There is no fee for students completing the initial CSE BS/MS application. Students admitted to the BS/MS program must complete the UW Grad School application and pay an application fee as well as an enrollment fee once they become a graduate student (due before tuition).