Admission

Applying for Admission

Application Deadlines for Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering

The MS in CSSE enrolls new students for Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters*. Applicants MUST submit all application materials by the following deadlines to be considered for admission.

Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
April 1 (Int'l Applicants*)
  May 1
November 1 February 1

Note: GCSDD admits for Autumn Quarter only. GCSDD students are not eligible for F-1 Visa status.

* Applicants who desire to study on an F-1 Student Visa should apply for Autumn Quarter only; the application deadline is April 1. There are no financial aid or assistantships available.

How to Apply

The application to the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering is submitted electronically via the Graduate School Application. All Application materials should be submitted electronically. All application materials are due by the application deadline.

Please note: GRE scores must be received electronically by the University of Washington. Mailed GRE scores will not be viewed as official.

Please complete all components of the application as follows:

1. Application & Paid Fee

Fill out the application to the UW Graduate School and  pay the application fee.  Applications must be completed online.

2. Official Transcripts

All official transcripts from prior academic work (including community and technical college, colleges and universities) should be uploaded to the Graduate School website as part of the application (obtain a PDF file of the transcript from the university, or scan the transcript upload to the application website).

Applicants with degrees from outside the United States must upload detailed official mark sheets and official documentation showing degree earned. All documents must be in English, and be the official translation from the institution in which the degree(s) was earned.

All Applicants should make every effort to upload official transcripts electronically via the graduate school application. Paper transcripts are strongly discouraged, and may slow down the review process, especially for anyone applying with International transcripts. Transcripts that are not scanned copies of the original, or not issued from the institution will not be accepted. Applicants with degrees from the University of Washington should upload a PDF copy of their UW transcript, available on MyUW.

If admitted to the MSCSSE program, new students will be required to submit one offical copy to the UW Graduate Admissions Office in Seattle:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 84808
Room #301
Loew Hall
Seattle WA USA 98124-6108

Applicants with degrees from the University of Washington should upload a PDF copy of their UW transcript, available on MyUW. No official paper copies are needed if admitted.

The mailing address for the CSS Program is:

Computing & Software Systems Program
Graduate Advising Office
University of Washington Bothell
Box 358534
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011.

International applicants who are mailing in official transcripts should make arrangements to have them arrive two weeks prior to the application deadline to allow for processing time.

3. Statement of Purpose

All applicants should answer the following question. Please limit your statement to a maximum of 1000 words:

Describe why the Computing & Software Systems Graduate Program is of interest to you and how it will support your scholarly and career goals.

4. A Current Resume 

Showing relevant work experience in detail, including any and all information relevant to admission prerequisites.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should have 2 - 3 letters of recommendation sent electronically, which requires the submission of the email address of the recommender as part of the application process. The recommender will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation. Professional references may be substituted for academic ones if academic recommenders are unavailable to write on your behalf.

6. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

 (Please note: The GRE requirement will be waived for any graduate who has received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering OR the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development from the Computing & Software Systems Division at UW Bothell.  This waiver applies to UW Bothell graduates only.)

All applicants wiill be required to submit scores on the GRE General Exam. No subject test is required. Applicants need to have ETS send scores electronically to Institution code 4854 (University of Washington).  Mailed copies of score reports are not considered official.  Scores are valid five years from test date; applicants with scores older than five years are encouraged to contact the CSS Graduate Advisor: mjewell@uw.edu   We recommend scheduling the GRE early in the year in order to have your scores arrive prior to application deadline. There is no minimum score for the GRE. 

Please note: GRE scores must be received electronically by the University of Washington. Mailed GRE scores will not be viewed as official.

7. Personal Statement/Computing Essay

Personal Statement:
In order to help the admission committee understand  your depth of knowledge on computing systems, we ask you submit a one page essay answering ONE of the following questions.  It is important for applicants to understand that the essay does not have ‘right’ answer, but is instead an opportunity for you to show the admission committee your computing & software systems knowledge and strengths.

Topic #1: Discuss, at a functional level, what types or categories of software system you are interested in studying for your Master’s thesis or building for your Master’s capstone project. Please discuss the system, highlight the software knowledge required, technologies involved, and skills necessary to carry out the study or implement the system.

Topic #2: Assume that you could lead a small experienced team of seven developers from a quality-oriented technology company toward the development of a software system. Please choose and detail the software process model(s) and software engineering methods that you feel as most appropriate to accomplish the project, and justify your choices.

8. Additional Documentation

English Proficiency scores are required for all students whose native language is not English, and who have not earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from the following countries: Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.

Official scores should be sent to the University of Washington by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Mailed copies of score reports are not considered official. The school code for the University of Washington is: 4854. Scores usually take about three weeks to transfer to the University of Washington. Scores should be received by the application deadline.

Scores are valid for two years from the test date. We will not accept scores that are no longer valid on the date the application is submitted. For futher information (including exceptions and score minimums) for this requirement please view Graduate School Memo #8.  The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 92.

Any additional documentation relevant for consideration by the CSS Admissions Committee (optional)

Notes:

  • The institutional code for the University of Washington is 4854.
  • Report all post-secondary schools you have attended, even if you did not earn a degree.
  • University of Washington Office of Graduate Admissions: Box 84808, Room #301 Loew Hall, Seattle WA USA 98124-6108
  •  Computing & Software Systems Program, Graduate Advising Office, Box 358534, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA  98011

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International Applicants

Students seeking F-1 Visa status should apply for Autumn Quarter only. The application deadline for International Students for Autumn Quarter is April 1. Students who are currently in the country on any type of Visa should contact the UW Bothell International Student Services Office at iss@uwb.edu for information on how to change their Visa status.

International applicants are those who currently hold or expect temporary U.S. Visas, including holders of H1-B, H-4 or any other non-immigrant classifications. U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders or immigrants) are NOT considered international applicants.

Official English Proficiency Scores (TOEFL, MLT or IELTS)

English Proficiency scores are required for all students whose native language is not English, and who do not have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from the following countries: Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.

English Proficiency scores MUST be submitted electronically by ETS to the University of Washington using institution code: 4854. Mailed copies of score reports will not be accepted.

The Computing & Software Systems Graduate Programs require a minimum of 92 on the TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS for admission to our degree programs.

For further information for this requirement please view Graduate School Memo #8.

Official Transcripts

Please see above for directions on submitting official transcripts. Official transcripts should be scanned into a pdf and uploaded to the graduate school application. Transcripts that have been retyped or are not official will not be accepted.

Additional Information

International applicants are required to submit additional information. After submitting your application and paying your fee online, there will be a check list of additional requirements including the University of Washington Statement of Financial Ability form. All completed materials are sent to the Graduate School. For questions on these materials, please contact the International Admission Advisor at the Graduate School.

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Application Checklist

  • Completed application
  • Fees paid
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (Non-Native English speaking applicats)
  • Additional documents (Optional)

For detailed information, visit our 'How to Apply' section.