Graduate Certificate Application Process

The Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (GCSDD) admits for Autumn Quarter only. The application deadline is July 1st. All application materials must be received by this date.

Please following the steps below to apply.

  1. Please visit the UW Grad School Application website and click on ‘Create a New Applicant Profile’ to begin your application process. Fill out the corresponding applicant profile form, and continue on to the Graduate School Application. In step 1 of the Graduate School Application, choose "Graduate Non-Matriculated" and in step 2, for the program, choose "Computing & Software Systems - Bothell (MS in Comp Sci and Software Eng)".
  2. Applicants will need to upload official transcripts showing Calculus, and the first and second quarters of programming*, as well as completion of a bachelors degree as part of the application.  In the case that an applicant can not upload their transcripts, please email for further information.
  3. Upload a current Resume showing any relevant work experience in detail, including any and all information relevant to admission prerequisites.
  4. Upload a personal statement detailing your object-oriented programming knowledge and experience; and how the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development will support your goals.
  5. Applicants who have not taken formal programming courses but desire to apply should submit source code from the programming self-assessment materials.

The Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for students studying in the United States on an F1 Visa.  There may be some exceptions to this restriction; please contact the Center for International Education at for further information.

For questions on the application process please email:

Admission Checklist

  1. Fill-out online application.
  2. Upload official transcripts.
  3. Upload current resume.
  4. Upload one-page OOP knowledge, experience statement, and how the GCSDD will support your goals.