How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Applicants MUST submit all application materials electronically by the following deadlines to be considered for admission. Please read through the following application instructions prior to beginning your application.

Applicant TypeAutumn Quarter 2024Winter Quarter 2025
International ApplicantsApril 1, 2024
*Extended to July 1, 2024
October 1, 2024
Domestic ApplicantsMay 1, 2024
*Extended to July 1, 2024
October 1, 2024

Application Checklist

The application to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering 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 as follows:

Note: The UW Bothell MSEE program does not require the GRE at this time.

1. Application & Paid Fee

Complete the Graduate School application and pay the application fee. Applications must be completed online.

  • Create an applicant profile or log in to an existing applicant profile
  • Create a new application
  • Select your application type (choose from the drop down list: Graduate)
  • Select “Electrical Engineering (MSEE) – Bothell” from the drop-down list of graduate programs
  • Complete application as directed

2. Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded into the online application. Report all post-secondary schools you have attended, even if you did not earn a degree. Applicants will be asked to submit an official hardcopy transcript only if offered admission. Please do not send hardcopy transcript materials until you are asked to do so.

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. Statement of Purpose

Please limit your response to the following statement to a maximum of 1000 words:

Describe why the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is of interest to you and how it will support your scholarly and career goals.

4. Current Resume

Showing relevant work experience or coursework in detail, including any and all information relevant to admission prerequisites.

5. Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations is required, however three are strongly recommended. Each recommender will automatically receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation. Professional references may be substituted for academic ones if academic recommenders are unavailable.

6. English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington as outlined in Policy 3.2. 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. The School of STEM Graduate Programs require the minimum scores listed:
    • 92 on the TOEFL iBT (sent via ETS to institution code 4854)
    • 7.0 on the Academic IELTS (sent via E-TRF to organization code 365)
    • Autumn 2024: 120 or higher on the Duolingo English Test (sent via Duolingo to University of Washington Graduate Admissions (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma))
      • Effective starting Winter 2025: 125 or higher on the Duolingo English Test

Information for International Applicants

  • International applicants are those who currently hold or expect temporary U.S. Visas, including holders of H1-B, H-4 or any other non-immigrant classifications.
  • U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders or immigrants) are NOT considered international applicants.
  • International applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, including a statement of financial ability. View more details on additional requirements for International applicants.