Electrical Engineering

Graduates from UW Bothell are near the Seattle engineering and technology sector, ready to join the growing workforce of skilled professionals and make an impact at local startups and major employers. Some students discover a deep passion for research and continue their education into Ph.D. programs.

Electrical Engineering alumni work at various companies and go on to work in many different roles.


  • Boeing
  • Fluke Corporation
  • HCL Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Phillips
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Leidos
  • Robinson Engineering
  • Raytheon
  • Astronics
  • Analog Devices
  • Capgemini Engineering
  • T-Mobile

Job titles

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Field Application Engineer
  • Electrical Validation Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Hardware and Firmware Engineer
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Autonomous Driving Electrical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical System Engineer
  • Avionics Design Engineer
  • Design and Analysis Engineer
  • Hardware Test Engineer

With average salaries of $118,890 in Washington state, students attending school at the University of Washington Bothell are in one of the top five paying states and the highest concentration of jobs for Electrical Engineers.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fast facts on graduates

  • 55% of our students attend the program in preparation for new employment
  • More than half of graduates are employed full time upon graduation, some not yet employed or other
  • More than half of graduates received job offers prior or within four months of graduation, some others maintained their current employment
  • 100% of our MSEE graduates have employment directly or somewhat related to their graduate degree
  • 25% is the average increase in salary upon the completion of the degree program (of those that reported receiving an increase)
  • Income brackets before and after graduation for full-time employment increased: some of those making $50-99.99K and $100-159.99K now make between $100-159.99K or more than $160k
  • 94% of our graduates strongly recommend or recommend UW Bothell

Alumni stories

Hear from graduates about what inspired them to choose the master’s program, their student experience, advice for future students, current job in industry, and how the program prepared and supported their career goals.

Meet Devon Griggs

View Devon’s Q&A

Job: Ph.D. student at UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Background: Working full-time at Boeing, and wanting to continue EE education in the evenings with a convenient commute.

Advice for future students: Ask yourself if the program is right for you. If you commit, start by taking only one class a quarter if you are working full time to feel out your time commitment.

Meet Malia Steward

View Malia’s Q&A

Job: Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at UW

Background: UW Bothell undergraduate wanting the same quality of courses and research opportunities in a master’s program. Loved doing organic electronics research with Dr. Choi.

Advice for future students: Don’t give up, find a mentor, and be patient!

Meet Tarannum Ferdous

View Tarannum’s Q&A

Job: Associate Engineer at T-Mobile

Background: Dreamed of being a graduate student at UW, a school with a great reputation for being one of the best in the United States, and made that dream a reality with the MSEE.

Advice for future students: There is no alternative to hard work and dedication!

$24,300 is the difference a master’s degree makes in median earnings between those who work one year after graduation and go into the information industry (within the engineering field of study).

Washington Education Research & Data Center (data is dynamic, can change)

In the news

Challenge accepted – A passion for research and desire to continually learn drive UW Ph.D. candidate

Malia Steward

03/01/2020 – UW Bothell bachelor’s and master’s in electrical engineering Alumna Malia Steward was awarded the opportunity of a life time to continue her doctoral studies when she was granted a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Malia’s career goal is to become a university professor, so she went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering at UW. Read in the Diversity in Action magazine about Malia’s studies and her view on the importance of supporting women of color in the STEM industry.

Damaging dust kept at bay in clean room

Malia Steward wearing a clean room mask and a blue clean suit.

12/13/2018 – A clean room is rare in most universities the size of UW Bothell, but it was important to faculty to provide this research space to students since it provides the perfect environment to conduct experiments. Behind a clean room mask is Malia Steward, a summer 2018 graduate with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, who has since begun a UW doctorate program in mechanical engineering under a National Science Foundation fellowship. Read about research in the Clean Room with Malia.

MSEE student receives national science fellowship

Malia Steward and Dr. Seungkeun Choi

05/24/2018 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected 2,000 awardees out of 12,000 applicants for the competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Award (GRFP) to pursue a doctorate. Master’s in electrical engineering student Malia Steward is one of them, and believed by advisors to be the first recipient at UW Bothell. Read about Malia’s experience and NSF GRFP award.

Career resources

STEM graduate students have the support of an in-house STEM graduate career counselor, specialized and dedicated to helping students in these programs find the job of their dreams.

The career counselor, in partnership with the UW Bothell Career Services, works with students throughout their academics and into their professional careers, engages with employers to bring recruitment and professional development to our students, and hosts workshops for students to develop the career resources they need to prepare to apply for jobs.

Learn more about STEM Graduate Career Resources and employer engagement