Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development


Application deadline - July 1

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 1 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.

Application checklist

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. 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. 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.
  3. Upload a current Resume showing detailed relevant work experience and any information relevant to the admission prerequisites.
  4. 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. 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:
    • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
      • 580 on the TOEFL pBT (paper-based)
      • 7.0 on the IELTS
      • Temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test through the autumn 2022 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2022): 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. Complete the GCSDD Program Application Form
    • Download the application form and fill it out.
    • Save the changes and upload the form to the online application.

For questions regarding the application and admission process, please email

Admission Checklist

  1. Fill-out online application.
  2. Upload unofficial transcripts.
  3. Upload current resume.
  4. Upload one-page OOP knowledge, experience statement, and how the GCSDD will support your goals.
  5. Demonstrate English language proficiency
  6. Complete the GCSDD Program Application Form