Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development


Application Deadline - July 5, 2023

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 July 5 application deadline

Note: The GCSDD 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 UW Bothell Center for International Education at for further information.

Diversity and Inclusion are core values and priorities of the University of Washington Bothell, and we reaffirm the campus commitment to diversity and the University of Washington Graduate School’s commitment to Equity & Justice in Graduate Programs. We are dedicated to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive admission process and encourage systemically underrepresented and marginalized groups to apply to our graduate programs. Within the School of STEM, we are constantly reexamining and challenging our policies and procedures to ensure the continued advancement of a culture of access, inclusion, and equity.

Application Checklist

The application to the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development is submitted online via the Graduate School Application. All Application materials should be submitted online, and are due by the application deadline.

To learn more about the application process to the University of Washington, please read Understanding the Application Process.

Select a checklist item to navigate for detailed instructions:

Please complete all components of the application checklist:

1. Application & Paid Fee

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 "Computer Science and Software Engineering - School of STEM (Bothell) - MS" as the program.

2. Unofficial Transcripts

Upload your unofficial transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree, Calculus I, and Programming I and II. View the program prerequisites to determine course equivalencies and options for those with in-depth work experience to meet the programming I and II requirement.

Applicants with degrees from outside the United States must upload detailed official mark sheets (front and back) and official documentation showing degree earned. It is encouraged to include the grading scale/scheme used if not already listed on the transcript. All documents must be in English, and be the official translation from the institution in which the degree(s) was earned.

3. Current Resume

Upload a current Resume showing detailed relevant work experience and any information relevant to the admission prerequisites.

4. Personal Statement

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. Approximately 300-500 words.

5. English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington as outlined in Memo 8. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Proficiency for this program can be demonstrated in one of the following 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, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom and where English is the medium of instruction. 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. Official English Language Test Score (sent electronically to the University of Washington to institution code 4854). The School of STEM Graduate Programs require the minimum scores listed:
    • 92 on the TOEFL iBT
    • 7.0 on the IELTS
    • Temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test through the autumn 2024 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2024): 120 or higher on the Duolingo English Test - official scores must be sent via Duolingo to the University of Washington Graduate Admissions (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma). View FAQs

6. GCSDD Program Application Form

Complete the GCSDD Program Application Form

  • Download the application form and fill it out. 

For questions regarding the application and admission process, please email