Application Instructions

Application Instructions for Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Applicants MUST submit all application materials by the following deadline to be considered for admission.


Autumn Winter

May 1 (International Applicants)

July 15 (Domestic Applicants)

August 1 (International Applicants)

September 9 (Domestic Applicants)

The application to the Master of Science in Electrical 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 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.

To Apply

  • Create an applicant profile or log in to an existing applicant profile
  • Create a new application
  • Select your application type (Graduate, Graduate Non-Matriculated, Visiting Graduate)
  • Select "Engineering and Mathematics - Bothell (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering)" from the drop-down list of graduate programs
  • Complete application as directed

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 into a pdf and upload to the application website.  Scanned images must be of official transcripts issued by the university.  Handwritten or retyped will not be accepted.  Applicants may be requested to provide official paper copies at the time of application). Applicants should make every effort to upload official transcripts electronically via the graduate school application. Paper transcripts will slow down the review process.

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.

Applicants with degrees earned from the University of Washington should upload a PDF copy of their UW transcript, available on MyUW.

If admitted to the MSEE program, new students will be required to submit one official copy to the UW Graduate Admissions Office in Seattle and the official transcript used to provide the scanned image in the application to the STEM Graduate Programs Office. 

University of Washington
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
Box 353770
Seattle, WA  98195-3770 USA

The mailing address for the MSEE Application Materials is:

STEM Graduate Programs Office
University of Washington Bothell
Box 358534
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

3. Statement of Purpose

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

Describe why the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering 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. Additional Documentation

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following five ways:

  1. A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.
  2. A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
  3. Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in #2 above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School; credential service reports are not acceptable. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:
    • Official or attested letter from the undergraduate college, University Registrar, or Controller of Examinations office.
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets, or degree statements are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.
  4. An official letter stating successful completion of the UW Intensive English Program (IEP): University Track. The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  5. If none of the four above stated options pertain, the applicant must submit an official English language test score to the Graduate School (institution code: 4854) as follows:
    • 92 on the TOEFL iBT
    • 580 on the TOEFL pBT (paper-based)

For further information, please visit


  • 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, Graduate Enrollment Management Services, Box 353770, Seattle, WA 98195-3770 USA
  • STEM Graduate Programs, Box 358534, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA  98011

Additional Information for International Applicants

Students who are currently in the country on any type of Visa should contact the UW Bothell Center for International Education at for information on how to change their Visa status to F1, if F1 status is desired.

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.

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.

Did You Know?

Forty-nine percent of UW Bothell's first year students are the first in their families to attend college.