Graduate Certificate Application Process

The Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (GCSDD) is a cohort model that admits for the Autumn Quarter only. All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

Note: 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.

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the UW Grad School Application website and click on ‘Create a New Applicant Profile’ to begin your application process:
    • Complete the corresponding applicant profile form, and continue to the Graduate School Application.
    • In “Step 1” of the Application, choose "Graduate Non-Matriculated."
    • In “Step 2” of the Application, choose "Computing & Software Systems - Bothell (MS in Comp Sci and Software Eng)" as the program.
  2. Upload your unofficial transcripts showing: completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Calculus I, and Programming I and II.*
  3. Upload a current Resume showing detailed relevant work experience and any information relevant to the admission prerequisites.
  4. Upload a Personal Statement detailing your object-oriented programming knowledge and experience; why the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development is of interest to you; and how the GCSDD will support your scholarly and career goals.
  5. Proficiency in English
    • 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:
    • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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)**
  6. Complete the GCSDD Program Application Form
    • Download the application form and fill it out.
    • Save the changes and upload the form to the online application.

*Applicants who have not taken formal programming courses but desire to apply should contact

**The School of STEM Graduate Programs specifically require the minimum TOEFL scores listed.

The IELTS is not accepted by the School of STEM graduate programs.

For questions regarding the application and admission process, please email:

Admission Checklist

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