Students in the PMP are among the best and brightest in the Seattle area and are chosen for their software development knowledge and proven track record for setting and achieving demanding goals. In recent application cycles, the Allen School has admitted between 25% and 30% of qualified applicants each quarter.
In this section you can learn about the skills and knowledge that will make your PMP application competitive. We also describe the materials that are required as part of a complete application package.
Eligibility and Prerequisites
All prospective students are encouraged to review the PMP's prerequisites for academic and professional background carefully before applying.
To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a minimum of two years of full-time post-degree professional software development experience and reside and work in the Seattle area at the time of their application.
The PMP is a part-time program and unfortunately does not support F-1 or J-1 student visas. All applicants who are non-native speakers of English must enclose proof of their English proficiency in their applications through one of the methods accepted by the PMP. For additional information about how to meet this requirement, see program prerequisites or how to apply.
All PMP application materials are submitted electronically, including recommendation letters and official test scores (when applicable). A detailed overview of the application process, including descriptions of each application component, may be reviewed on the How to Apply page.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications 3-4 weeks after the application deadline via an email to the address associated with their application account.
The PMP takes applications three times annually according to the deadlines specified below:
|Quarter||Start date||Application deadline|
|Autumn||Late September||July 1*|
|Winter||Early January||November 1|
|Spring||Late March||February 1|
*For autumn 2023, the application deadline has been extended to Monday, July 3.
Note: the PMP does not take applications for summer quarter.
The University of Washington and the Allen School reaffirm their policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. We encourage applications from women, students with disabilities, and diverse candidates who are at all stages of their careers. Learn more about the Paul G. Allen School's commitment and ongoing efforts promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in our community.