Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations

Frequently Asked Questions

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What have alumni gone on to do?

Approximately 64% of graduate certificate alumni are in engineering roles, and have position titles such as electrical engineers, systems engineers and aerospace or avionics engineers.

Alumni have also gone on to continue their education, including close to 49% of graduates who continue into the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) at UW Bothell. Beyond the master’s degree at Bothell, students continue their studies into doctoral programs. Read more about alumni student experiences by visiting our alumni stories.

Is the GCEEF a replacement for a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)?

No. The GCEEF is 18 credits of coursework derived from content in the core courses of a BSEE. The graduate certificate is intended as a pathway for students wanting to pursue an MSEE that do not have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. The graduate certificate also serves those in industry that need electrical engineering knowledge and skills for their current or future employment.

Is a bachelor’s degree in a STEM (or related) field required?

Students are best prepared for the rigorous content of the graduate certificate courses when they have a background in science, engineering, mathematics, or a closely related field. However, if an applicant completes all of the required prerequisites exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. View details about prerequisites.

Is the GCEEF an ABET accredited program?

No, if you are needing to graduate from an ABET accredited program for specific work purposes check out the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). The material that you will learn in the graduate certificate is pulled directly from the ABET accredited BSEE program.

Does the program start any time during the year?

No, the graduate certificate is a cohort program that enrolls for autumn quarter only. The application deadline is July 1.

I have some electronics experience. Do I need to take all the courses to earn the graduate certificate?

Yes. In order to earn the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations, you need to complete ALL six courses with a 2.7 GPA or higher in each course and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Can I take the program prerequisites at UW Bothell?

Yes. You will need to enroll as an undergraduate non-matriculated student at UW Bothell. Keep in mind that courses may fill quickly, and non-matriculated students are the last to enroll. You can also take equivalent courses at local community colleges to full-fill the prerequisites. View program course equivalencies.

I took the prerequisites during my bachelor’s degree studies several years ago. Can I use those courses as my prerequisites?

Yes, but you need to be familiar with the concepts taught in that course. Remember, the grade in your prerequisite courses will be reviewed as part of your holistic application review.

I still need to take a prerequisite course(s) in the summer quarter. Since the deadline is July 1, do I have to wait till next year to apply?

No, apply once you are registered for your final prerequisite(s)! If you are enrolled in the prerequisite course(s) for summer, please submit all of your application materials by the deadline. You will need to include a transcript or registration receipt that shows the summer quarter classes you are currently registered for. 

Applicants enrolled in their final prerequisite(s) in summer have their application put on a hold status by our office until summer quarter grades are submitted (typically at the end of August). Applicants will receive instructions from our office on how to submit those final grades. Admission review for applicants on hold status will be made after all final grades have been submitted.

Will my work experience take the place of any of the prerequisites?

For very few, this may be possible. You need to be very comfortable with the material covered in all of the prerequisites to be a successful graduate student in the program. If you would like us to review if your work experience is equivalent to the required prerequisites email our office a copy of your transcript and resume.

What is the time commitment for doing this program?

The GCEEF is an innovative and intense series of six courses that is intended to teach the core concepts derived from a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in just nine months. Students are expected to learn challenging material at an accelerated rate. Previous students have reported spending as little as 5 hours and as much as 22 hours studying outside of class per week. Students will have weekly homework and/or lab work outside of class. For those working full time, adjusting to taking classes part time is a different process for everyone. For some, it’s similar to taking on another part-time job, and for others it is exactly the type of challenge and change of environment they need.

If I complete the GCEEF, am I guaranteed admission to the MSEE?

Although you must apply to the MSEE, students who successfully complete the GCEEF coursework with a strong academic record have a clear path to admission to the MSEE. The master’s program has a competitive admission review and each candidate will receive a holistic review of their application materials.

I’d like to study at UW Bothell on an F-1 visa. Can I do the graduate certificate?

The GCEEF does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for students studying in the United States on an F-1 visa. There may be some exceptions to this restriction; please contact the Center for International Education at for further information.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is charged on a cost-per-credit basis and structured the same way as our MSEE courses. View details on current tuition and fees.