PMP Frequently Asked Questions

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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 Dave Rispoli, the PMP Advisor, at: or call at 206-543-5848. Dave welcomes visits, calls and emails 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 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 and software developers.

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

Admission to the PMP is competitive. The PMP accepts around 50% of 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.

Admission Prerequisites and GRE Information

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

You may petition the Dean of the Graduate School for permission 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 while a registered graduate student in another recognized graduate school. 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 graduate 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.

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 the Microsoft Corporation), 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.

Do I need to take a subject GRE for computer science to be admitted into your program?

While the UW requires the GRE for admission, the computer science subject exam is not necessary. A high subject score may help strengthen your application if your undergraduate degree is not in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering; however, it is still not a requirement.

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

Yes. While a more recent GRE test is preferred, the PMP will accept scores over five years old. Please note that the ETS will not forward official GRE results after five years. However, you may enter unofficial scores on the online application and send proof of your scores to the Program Advisor (scan and email unofficial proof of your scores to prior to the application deadline.

What is the CSE department’s ETS code?

The University of Washington’s ETS code is 4854. A CSE department 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?

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. The ETS generally needs 4 – 6 weeks. However, completion of the GRE even the day before the deadline -- while not recommended -- is acceptable. Unofficial scores can be entered in the self-report section of the online application. When your official scores arrive at the UW, they will be automatically matched to your application. Applications can be reviewed with unofficial scores. It should be noted, however, that unofficial GRE test results do not include the Analytical test scores, which could put an applicant at a disadvantage when compared to applicants who have official GRE test results.

International Student Status

Are there special considerations/instructions for international students?

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to any of the UW Graduate Studies programs. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL-iBT score or a TOEFL (CBT or PBT) score. The scores must be less than two years old. Click here for more information.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?

Applicants who are citizens of Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, or the United Kingdom do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Non-native speakers of English who have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in countries listed above are also exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Those whose instruction in school was conducted entirely in English are exempt from submitting English language test scores. Supporting documentation must be submitted by the school directly to the UW Graduate Admissions Office. For further information, please refer to the Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Application Information

What is the application deadline?

Click here to see deadline information.

How do I get an application for the PMP?

The online PMP application can be found here.


How much does the program cost?

Specifics of program cost can be found here.


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

PMP courses require an average of 15 hours per week outside the classroom.