Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations

Frequently Asked Questions

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’s in electrical engineering program at UW Bothell. Beyond the master’s degree at Bothell, students continued their studies into doctoral programs in electrical engineering. Read more about alumni student experiences by visiting our alumni stories.

Is the GCEEF a replacement to a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering?

No. The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations is 18 credits of coursework derived from content in the core courses in the Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. It is intended as a pathway for students wishing to pursue an MSEE that do not have a bachelor’s degree in EE. The GCEEF also serves those in industry that need electrical engineering knowledge for their current or future employment.

Is a degree in a STEM field required?

Yes, students are best prepared for the rigorous content of the certificate courses when having a background in Science, Engineering or Mathematics. However with the completion of all of the prerequisites exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Is the GCEEF an ABET accredited program?

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

Does the GCEEF start any time during the year?

No, the GCEEF is a cohort program that enrolls for fall quarter only. The application deadline is July 1st.

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

Yes. In order to earn the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering, you need to complete ALL courses with a 2.7 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 a non-matriculated student at UW Bothell. Keep in mind that courses may fill quickly, and non-matriculated students are the last to enroll. You may instead take equivalent courses at area community colleges to full-fill the prerequisites. Please refer to the transfer equivalency guide for details.

I took the prerequisites during my bachelor’s degree studies several years ago. Is it ok to use that course as the prerequisite?

Yes, but you need to be comfortably familiar with the concepts taught in that course. Remember, the grade in your prerequisite course(s) will be reviewed as part of your application material to the GCEEF.

I still need to take one of the prerequisite courses in the Summer quarter. Since the GCEEF deadline is at the beginning of July, do I have to wait till next year to apply?

No. If you are only missing one prerequisite and you are enrolled in that prerequisite for summer, please submit all of your application materials by the deadline. You will need to include a transcript or registration receipt that shows registration. Applicants enrolled in their final prerequisite in summer have their application put on a hold status by the EE Program until summer quarter grades are submitted (typically at the end of August). Applicants will receive instructions from the Graduate Advisor on how to submit those final grades. Admission review for applicants on hold status will be made after all final grades have been submitted. Visit the GCEEF for a possible deadline extension.

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 student in the GCEEF.

I’ve just started a new job, and I’m concerned about the time commitment for classes. Is the GCEEF right for me?

The GCEEF is an innovative and intense series of courses that is intended to teach the basic elements of a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in just one year. Students are expected to learn challenging material at an accelerated rate. Previous GCEEF students have reported spending an average of 18 – 22 study hours outside of class time. Adjusting to working full-time and taking classes is a different process for everyone. For some, it’s similar to taking on another part-time job, for others it is exactly the type of challenge and change of environment they need. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact the EE Graduate Advisor at

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

No. The MS has a competitive admission review and each candidate will receive a holistic review of their application materials. Students who successfully complete the GCEEF coursework with a strong academic record have completed the prerequisites for admission to the MSEE. For further information please contact the EE Graduate Advisor.

I’d like to study at UW Bothell on an F-1 visa. Can I take the GCEEF?

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations 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.

How much is tuition?

Tuition costs are on a per-credit basis and structured the same way as our MSEE courses. For the latest tuition costs, please visit our tuition page.