University of Washington Bothell


Admission to the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering 

Admission into the Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering is offered for the autumn quarter. Complete applications are reviewed and sent to the admission committee on a rolling basis, beginning early February, and decisions are typically sent 8 weeks after the review process begins. Applicants are encouraged to ensure all application materials are complete and accurate at the time of submission.

View general details about STEM Graduate Admissions to learn about non-degree options to take a few master's classes, application fee waivers, and our commitment to inclusive admissions processing.

Autumn 2023 application deadlines

  • April 3, 2023 (International)
  • May 1, 2023 (Domestic)

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering program requires applicants to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other closely related field*    
    • Including a high level of command and competency in object-oriented concepts and software engineering   
  • English language proficiency
  • 3.0 GPA or equivalent in the last two years of study

*Alternatively, applicants may meet this requirement with a bachelor's degree in another field AND completion of the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development.

Application process & checklist

Applicants will apply online through the UW Graduate School. There are various components that go into preparing and submitting a complete application. Given our holistic admission process, a competitive application is one that demonstrates academic performance through a variety of methods and personal qualities and achievements.

When you are ready to apply, follow these step-by-step instructions for applying for admission to help make the process easier.

Connect with us

Email us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an individual appointment with an admissions advisor (phone, in person, or Zoom). We also offer monthly CSS Graduate Program information sessions if you would like to register to attend.