Upcoming Info Sessions

Attend our next online information session on Monday, October 25 at 5:00pm.

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The next PMP application deadline is November 1, 2021 for winter quarter 2022.  All application materials must be received by the deadline.

General Questions

Admission Prerequisites and GRE Information

International Student Status

Application Information

Other Questions

General Questions

How can I contact you for more information about the PMP?

Email the PMP academic adviser at masters@cs.washington.edu.  We welcome questions from prospective students who would like to further explore how their backgrounds might fit with the goals of the program. In addition, hour-long Program Information Sessions provide informal opportunities to learn more and ask questions.

Who does the PMP program target?

The PMP is a part-time evening program designed to meet the aspirations of software development professionals who wish to continue on their technical paths while progressing to bigger and more impactful projects; it is not a vocational program. Almost all PMP students are employed full-time as software design engineers, software developers, or similar roles.

What are my chances of being admitted into the UW Professional Master’s Program?

Admission to the PMP is competitive. The PMP accepts around 25-30% of qualfied applications each quarter. While we receive more applications in autumn than in winter or spring, the percentage of accepted applications for all quarters is roughly the same; thus, there is no advantage or disadvantage to applying in any given quarter.

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

Students typically take one course per quarter, plus a one-credit colloquium, to complete the program in two and one-half years. Most students take advantage of the PMP's generous leave policy to extend their program length and a few double up on courses each quarter to finish quicker.

Admission Prerequisites and GRE Information

If I have taken graduate coursework in computer science elsewhere, can I transfer credit to the PMP?

Admitted PMP students may request approval to transfer to the UW the equivalent of a maximum of six quarter credits (fulfilling a maximum of two PMP courses) of graduate-level coursework taken with graduate standing at another institution. These credits may not have been already used to satisfy requirements for another degree. Once accepted into the PMP, the PMP Advisor will be happy to work with you to receive initial program approval and prepare your transfer petition for the graduate school. In order to recommend transfer of credit, the content and level of the transferred courses must be consistent with PMP course descriptions.

How does the PMP differ from the full-time Ph.D. program?

PMP classes are offered in the evening for the convenience of working professionals. Work assignments also keep in mind the restricted time available to PMP students. The full-time Ph.D. program benefits students who want to follow our faculty into academic or industrial research, while the PMP takes our faculty’s cutting-edge research into the classroom for students to apply to their products and projects. Please note that the UW Computer Science and Engineering department does not offer a terminal full-time master’s degree program; the PMP is the only standalone MS in Computer Science program available at UW Seattle.

Do I have to live in the Seattle area to complete the degree?

While there are distance technology components in our Professional Master’s Program (notably, one course per quarter is teleconferenced locally to Microsoft), you must reside in the Seattle area and be available for examinations or special sessions on campus. Because of the importance the department places on traditional as well as unique educational strategies, we do not at this time envision moving toward a pure distance program that would let those living outside the greater Seattle area complete the degree.

Will the PMP accept a GRE test score that is over five years old?

No, scores must be valid; that is, no more than five years old as of your application date.

What is the Allen School's ETS code?

The University of Washington’s ETS code is 4854. A school-specific code is not required. All scores are received electronically and entered into the UW database, where they are then distributed and matched to applications.

Do I need to submit my official GRE score results by the application deadline?

Yes. Our policy is that applicants must complete the general GRE test prior to the application deadline. You should schedule your tests to allow sufficient time for the scores to be reported, noting that electronic delivery can take up to two weeks.  

International Student Status

Are there special considerations/instructions for international students? Do I have to take the TOEFL?

The PMP does not support F-1 or J-1 student visas.  International students must hold another visa or residency status that allows them to reside and study in the United States.

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the UW Graduate School. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proof of their English proficiency through official, valid test scores (note that we do not accept IELTS scores), having earned a degree in the United States or another country in which English is the language of instruction, or providing documentation from their undergraduate degree-granting instution that English was the language of instruction for their course of study.  Please click here for more information.

Application Information

What is the application deadline?

We accept applications to the PMP in autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Click here for specific deadline information for each.

How do I apply to the PMP?

You need to apply online PMP using the UW Graduate School application.


How much does the program cost?

PMP costs and fees are described in greater detail on this page.

How much time will I need to allot to my studies?

PMP courses require an average of 18-20 hours per week outside the classroom.