All PMP application materials are submitted electronically through the online application portal and must be received by the application deadline of your desired entry quarter. 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|
Note: the PMP does not take applications for summer quarter.
The information below describes the materials required for your application to the Professional Master’s Program. All materials are submitted electronically and prospective students are encouraged to review the program’s prerequisites for computing background and professional experience carefully before applying.
In response to current restrictions created by the COVID-19 health crisis, the Professional Master's Program has temporarily waived the GRE requirement until the Autumn 2022 application cycle. Applicants to an earlier quarter do not need to provide official GRE scores.
In order for your application to the PMP to be considered complete, the following materials must be provided. When possible, please upload documents in PDF format:
- Applicant profile
- Academic history
- Recommendation letters
- Resume or CV
- Personal statement
- Academic background form
- Proof of English proficiency
- Application fee
Note: The PMP is unable to accept applicants requiring F-1 or J-1 student visas. International students must hold another visa or residency status that permits them to reside and study in the US for the duration of their studies in the PMP.
Applicants must reside in the Seattle area at the time of their application and for the duration of the program.
Create your applicant profile and start your application
The application for graduate study at UW is hosted by the UW Graduate School. Create an application account and fill out your applicant profile.
To start your application to the PMP, select ‘Graduate’ for your application type and select ‘Computer Science & Engineering - Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (Seattle) - Evening Professional Master’s as your application type. Then, select your desired entry quarter and year.
Enter your GPA as calculated based on your most recent 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits. For support converting international GPAs to the 4-point scale used in the United States, you may use Scholaro's free calculator.
Report each higher education institution you have attended and your dates of attendance. For each school, upload unofficial copies of your transcript and report your cumulative and major GPA. For support converting international GPAs to the 4-point scale, you may use Scholaro's free calculator.
Official transcripts are not required during the application process; you will only have to submit official documents to the UW Graduate School if you accept an admission offer. At that time, you should provide your documents according to the Graduate School's official transcript requirements.
Two letters are required from all applicants, however applicants may designate a third recommender if they wish (this is optional and the presence of a third letter does not affect the admission decision).
Letters should be from current or former supervisors, leads or project managers, or others who are familiar with the technical specifics of your work projects and can provide specific descriptions and examples of your hands-on computing preparation and technical skills, qualities, and abilities.
When you designate someone as a recommender, the application system will automatically send them an email with a link to follow to upload their letter. The email will indicate the application deadline of your desired entry quarter and specify that letters need to be received by that date.
Resume or CV
Upload a current copy of your resume or CV that provides detailed descriptions of your job tasks and technical skills. There are no requirements for length or formatting; you may be as descriptive as you would like and may utilize more than one page.
Please describe your academic and professional backgrounds and qualifications, the areas of study that most interest you, and how the PMP will help you reach your professional goals. Please limit your response to ~750 words.
Academic background form
The purpose of this form is to indicate where and how you have acquired proficiency in four areas of computer science knowledge. There are no particular requirements for formatting.
Create a new document and for each area of knowledge below, list relevant higher education coursework (institution, course number, title, textbook if possible) or other education such as bootcamps, certificates, MOOCS, etc. We prefer academic information be listed on this document, but applicable non-academic information can be used as a second choice as long as it is accompanied by relevant description.
- HARDWARE (e.g. computer architecture, digital circuit design, digital systems, embedded systems)
- SOFTWARE (e.g. compilers, computer networks, operating systems, programming systems, software engineering)
- THEORY & ALGORITHMS (e.g. data structures and algorithms, discrete structures, theory of computation)
- APPLICATIONS (e.g. AI, computer graphics, database systems)
Proof of English proficiency
All applicants who are non-native speakers of English must enclose proof of their English proficiency in their applications. For official policy information, please review Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Non-native speakers of English will indicate on their applications how they plan to meet the English language proficiency requirement. The PMP accepts the methods below by which an applicant may demonstrate their proficiency:
- Having earned a degree in the United States or Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, or certain other countries specified in Memo 8 and where English was the language of instruction.
- Documentation from your undergraduate degree-granting institution verifying that all instruction is in English (For example, transcript notation or attested document from the institution).
- Official TOEFL scores showing a minimum total score or MyBest score of 92 or higher. If sending TOEFL scores, request that ETS send scores to the University of Washington, institution code 4854. Scores must be no more than 2 years old and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. IELTS scores are not accepted by the PMP.
- For applications to autumn 2021 only, applicants may meet the English language proficiency requirement by submitting official, valid Duolingo English Test scores showing a minimum total score of 120 or higher. Duolingo scores must be sent to UW using the method described on this page.
An $85 non-refundable application fee is required for your application to be submitted and available for review.
After You Apply
Admissions decisions are not made on a rolling basis; rather, all reviews and admissions decisions take place at once after the application deadline passes (thus, the date the application was submitted has no bearing on the eventual admissions decision). 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.
At any time, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.