Upcoming Info Sessions

Attend our next online information session on Monday, June 6 at 5:00pm.

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The next PMP application deadline is July 1, 2022 for autumn quarter 2022.  All application materials must be received by the deadline.

Apply online

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.

Application Materials

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.

The PMP does not require the GRE and applicants do not need to self-report scores nor send official score reports. There is no benefit to providing GRE scores during the application process as any scores that are received will not be referenced during application reviews.

Application checklist

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
  • Submit application

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.

Prospective PMP students are encouraged to read through the application process and program prerequisites before applying. At any time, feel free to contact us at masters@cs.washington.edu.

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.

Academic history

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.

Recommendation letters

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; technical skills, qualities, and abilities; and how those elements will contribute to your success in the PMP.

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.

Personal statement

The purpose of the personal statement (sometimes referred to as a statement of purpose, or "the essay") is to provide a narrative of your approach to the PMP. Please craft your statement around the following prompt:

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.

To create your academic background form: 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 boot camps, 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)

The academic background form should be a new document that you have created. Please do not upload your transcript, resume, degree certificate, etc. in this section.

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:

  1. Having earned a degree in the United States in which English was the language of instruction; or, having earned a degree in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, or certain other countries specified in Memo 8 and where English was the language of instruction.
  2. Documentation from your undergraduate degree-granting institution, if outside the US or one of the countries specified in Memo 8, verifying that all instruction is in English (for example, transcript notation or attested document issued by the institution).
  3. Official, valid English language proficiency test scores sent electronically to UW through your testing center showing that a minimum score was earned. The PMP accepts the following:
    • TOEFL scores showing a minimum total score or MyBest score of 92 or higher. UW's ETS institution code is 4854.
    • IELTS scores showing a total score of 7.0 or higher. Applicants using IELTS test scores must submit official scores electronically via the IELTS system (E-TRF), using the University of Washington’s organization ID 365.
    • For applications to spring 2023 or earlier, Duolingo English Test scores showing a minimum total score of 120 or higher. Duolingo scores must be sent to UW Seattle through the applicant's Duolingo English Test account. More information: English proficiency requirement: Duolingo.

Application fee

An $85 non-refundable application fee is required. The last page of the application directs you to the TouchNet payment portal; after paying you will be directed back to the Graduate School application system to submit your application.

Both steps - making payment and then submitting the application - must be completed in order for your application to be finalized and viewable to application reviewers.

Submit your application

After paying your application fee, return to the application system to finalize and submit your application to the PMP.

Both steps - making payment and then submitting the application - must be completed in order for your application to be finalized and viewable to application reviewers.

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 masters@cs.washington.edu with questions.