The Allen School's Professional Master's Program is designed with the working professional in mind. Individuals whose primary interest is in continuing on their career paths at Puget Sound-area technology companies select the PMP for its flexibility while enabling them to acquire critical skills to move them into positions and projects of greater responsibility and impact. The degree typically requires 40 credit hours of courses and colloquia, and takes an average of 2 ½-3 years to complete. More than 1100 software professionals have earned their Master's degree from the Allen School since the PMP’s inception in 1996.
The PMP offers a range of courses of interest to computing professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in core and emerging areas of computing, including database management, machine learning, computer architecture, computational biology, programming languages, entrepreneurship, computer vision, ubiquitous computing, robotics, and more. Students furthermore have access to myriad topical colloquia, seminars, and distinguished lectures to keep current on cutting-edge research and applied computing topics.
Key Program Features
- Flexible program: evening classes that meet just one night per week, colloquia that can be attended or viewed online, and flexibility in credit load or taking time off.
- Affordable program that is reimbursable by many local employers.
- Broad range of graduate computer science classes with no prerequisites.
- Welcoming and supportive environment for international students, women, and other groups historically underrepresented or under-served in STEM and computing.
- Access to extensive UW computer science libraries.
- Can transfer up to 6 credits of graduate level work not already counted toward a degree.
- Fully-online application with 3 application cycles annually.
- No summer classes.
Student Body Profile
PMP students represent the following characteristics:
- Average professional experience: 5.5 years
- Average undergraduate GPA: 3.5
- Percent of students who are non-US citizens: 30%
- Popular undergraduate majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, or closely-related fields
- Most-represented employers among student body (out of nearly 50 local companies represented in the program): Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Boeing, Apple
- Typical job titles: Software Engineer (I, II, Senior, et cetera), Software Development Engineer, Computer Engineer, Software Developer
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