Applicants must have significant personal and professional experience with advanced computing technology and hands-on programming, as evidenced through a combination of academic preparation and professional experience. The vast majority of students in the program hold prior degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely-related fields, and their professional experience ranges from two to over 20 years in the field, with an average of around five years.
To be considered for admission, all applicants must hold a minimum of two years full-time, post-degree professional experience as software developers, software engineers, or similar roles. Undergraduate internships, even full-time, do not count toward the two-year experience benchmark.
Academically, applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or a related field and have completed at least the following undergraduate courses: data structures, algorithms, computer systems, and programming languages.
In absence of a prior CS or CE degree, applicants should demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge and skills equivalent to bachelor’s-level preparation, as evidenced through their professional experience and any academic CS education such as undergraduate electives or post-college coursework or training.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is generally required to be competitive for acceptance and the average undergraduate GPA of admitted applicants is 3.5.
That said, there is no minimum GPA required to be considered for admission and the PMP admissions committee reviews applicants' complete academic histories rather than considering only their cumulative or "major" GPAs.
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.
Applicants should reside in the Seattle area at the time of their application. As the PMP is an in-person degree program, its students must furthermore reside in the Seattle area for the duration of their studies.
The PMP does not support F-1 or J-1 student visas. International students are welcome in the PMP, but must hold another visa or immigration status that allows them to reside and study in the United States.
English Language Proficiency
All applicants who are non-native speakers of English must enclose proof of their English proficiency in their application. For official UW Graduate School policy information, please refer to Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.
The PMP accepts the following methods by which non-native English speakers may meet this requirement:
- Having earned a degree in the United States or another country specified in Memo 8 in which English was the language of instruction
- Enclosing documentation from the undergraduate degree-granting institution that English was the language of instruction
- Providing official, valid scores from one of the English language proficiency exams listed below. Scores must be submitted to UW electronically and matched to the application in order for this requirement to be met.
- Official, valid TOEFL scores showing a total or MyBest score of 92 or higher
- Official, valid IELTS scores showing a total score of 7.0 or higher
- For applications to autumn 2022 or earlier: Official, valid Duolingo English Test scores showing a score of 120 or higher
Further information about enclosing this documentation in the application may be found on the How to Apply page.
The PMP requires the GRE General Test for admission, except from applicants who already hold a Ph.D. from a US institution. There is no minimum score requirement, however average scores for admitted students may be reviewed below:
- Verbal: 60%. Native speakers of English should target over 50% and applicants who are non-native speakers of English should target over 25%).
- Quantitative: 83%. Strong applicants who score above 65% can still be considered and occasionally those who score below 65% in the Quantitative section are accepted.
- Analytical Writing: 4.5. This is a distant second in importance to the Quantitative test and lower scores can still be considered.