University of Washington Bothell


The Computing & Software Systems program at the University of Washington Bothell provides a wide variety of degrees that will help you enrich and develop your abilities.

To learn more about how to apply to any of our degrees, please see their Admissions pages below:

Admission Advising

All applicants are encouraged to meet with an admission advisor before applying. Currently enrolled UW Bothell students are encouraged to contact the department directly for admission questions. To contact the Computing & Software Systems program directly, please call (425) 352-5279 or email

Admission to the Computing & Software Systems program is competitive. All CSS prerequisite courses (with the exception of statistics) MUST be completed by the application deadline. Applications with prerequisite courses in progress will be held without being reviewed by the Admission Committee until those grades are received. All updated transcripts must be official.

To contact a UW Bothell admission advisor, please call (425) 352-5000 or email

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

Application Deadline

Only applications that are completed by the deadline (see below), will be considered by the CSS Admissions Committee

Finishing your prerequisites in... Eligible to Apply Deadline
Autumn Winter
November 1st
February 1st
Winter Autumn May 1st (Priority)*
July 1st (Standard)**
Spring Autumn July 1st
Summer Autumn July 1st

*Decisions will not be made until the committee receives the final grades for all prerequisite courses

**Statistics may be in progress

For priority consideration for admission into the CSS majors starting Autumn quarter all final grades and test scores must be recieved by July 31st.  Any grades or test scores for applicants received past that date will still be considered for the Autumn quarter, but it will be on a space available basis. 


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.
  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.


Completion of the University of Washington Bothell's Accelerated Intensive English Program (A-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet our English language proficiency requirement, but have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 65, IELTS of 5.5, or have successfully completed level 3 of UW Seattle's Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).

A-IEP Admission Requirements

Qualifying Test or Score AIEP Level 4 AIEP Level 5
TOEFL 65 76
IELTS 5.5 6
CIEP ( Successful completion with 80% or higher) * LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4

* CIEP students who repeat CIEP Level 3 or Level 4 cannot be admitted to A-IEP.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of AIEP.


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.