Admission Requirements

Transfer students applying to a major within the Computing & Software Systems program must complete both the UW Bothell admission requirements and the CSS admission requirements before applying for admission.

UW Bothell Applied Computing Admissions Requirements

  • Two years of a single foreign language in high school or 2 quarters of a single foreign language in college

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in the following courses:

  • Introduction to Programming (soft requirement)
  • Two computer programming classes - equivalent to UW Seattle's CSE 142  and CSE 143 (may be counted towards Natural World requirement)
  • Calculus - equivalent to UW Seattle's Math 124 (may be counted towards Natural World requirement)
  • Probability/Statistics (may be counted towards Natural World requirement)
  • English Composition - equivalent to UW Seattle's Engl 131
  • Advanced English Composition - equivalent to UW Seattle's Engl 182

Suggested additional coursework (does not affect the admission decision): Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra.

The only soft prerequisite is Statistics.  All other prerequisites are required, no exceptions.

* 2.0 is the minimum GPA required to receive credit for the course, but is not considered competitive.  For more information regarding admission to the program please contact Admissions or a CSS Advisor.


*Major planning worksheet can be found here:,-ce,-csse,-imd-admissions-planning-worksheet-2014-2015.pdf.


English Language Proficiency

In addition to the above requirements, all applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency.  For options to satisfy English language proficiency please see below (please keep in mind requirements may differ from those in General Admission):


Minimum scores required for the TOEFL and IELTS:

Exam Title Minimum Scores for University
Admissions Consideration
TOEFL: internet based 92
TOEFL: paper based 580
IELTS (Academic Module) 7.0

UW Bothell’s Institution Code for the TOEFL is 9964.

Test scores are only valid for 2 years.


Direct Transfer Agreement (D.T.A.) (must meet all four requirements):

  1. An approved academic associate degree from a Washington community college is defined as the sending institution's direct transfer agreement associate degree (DTA). Qualifying degrees (often titled as an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Arts and Sciences) are those that are recorded on an official community college transcript with a designation of "DTA." The degree must be conferred prior to enrolling at the UW AND
  2. Have earned a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA AND 
  3. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of English Composition (UW Engl 131) AND 
  4. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of Writing from Research (UW Engl 182) or HCDE 231.


The University of Washington Bothell has partnered with the University of Washington Seattle Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement(s) for admission, but are otherwise admissible.

A minimum grade of 80 percent is required in each course and students must obtain a recommendation from the Senior Director of the UW Seattle English Language Programs.  After successful completion of the UW Seattle Intensive English Program requirements, applicants do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to UW Bothell.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of CIEP.


Completion of a minimum of four years of high school English in the United States with grades of 3.0 or higher and a minimum SAT critical reading score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20.


International students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least 90 or more quarter credits earned at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or have received a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are not required to meet the English language proficiency requirement.

* Applicants who have completed their programming prerequisites from an institution outside of Washington State will need to provide a course syllabus or course description listing the content of each course. CSS Faculty will review the syllabus or course descriptions to determine if the course is equivalent to CSS 161 or CSS 162. (Course syllabi is preferred over course description). Applicants may contact the CSS office directly with information or questions about their programming prerequisites.

C.C. Equivalency Information

See our Community College Equivalency page for more information.