Admission to the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering

Admission into the Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering is offered for the autumn quarter. Complete applications are reviewed and sent to the admission committee on a rolling basis, beginning early February, and decisions are typically sent 8 weeks after the review process begins. Applicants are encouraged to ensure all application materials are complete and accurate at the time of submission.

Autumn 2025 application deadlines

Applications open in October

  • Priority (international and domestic): February 3, 2025
  • International: March 3, 2025
  • Domestic: May 1, 2025

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering program requires applicants to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other closely related field from a regionally accredited institution (or an equivalent international degree)*
    • Including software engineering, data structures and algorithms, and a high-level object-oriented programming foundations and skills
  • English language proficiency
  • 3.0 GPA or equivalent in the last two years of study

*Alternatively, applicants may meet this requirement with a bachelor’s degree in another field AND completion of the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development.

Application process & checklist

Applicants will apply online through the UW Graduate School. There are various components that go into preparing and submitting a complete application. Given our holistic admission process, a competitive application is one that demonstrates academic performance through a variety of methods and personal qualities and achievements.

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