Grade Point Average (GPA)
Applicants should have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits to be considered for admission.
Quality and Difficulty of Courses Taken and Universities and Colleges Attended
Each transcript is individually reviewed. The department recognizes that some academic institutions are more competitive and high grades are more difficult to obtain.
GRE General Test
The department requires applicants to take the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Information is also available at the Educational Testing Service. If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship or fellowship, the scores should be received by January 15.
Letters of Recommendation (3)
The confidential letters can be submitted electronically by recommenders indicated on the on-line application. Writers should be in a position to rank the applicant’s performance as a student and/or researcher.
A personal statement should be written providing the department with information about the applicant not found in his or her transcripts and other official documents. For example, statements can include personal histories, professional and academic goals, and specific research interests if applicable.
English Language Requirements
The University of Washington requires documented English language proficiency for students whose native language is not English. Unless students have completed the entirety of a 4-year bachelor's degree program in the U.S., or their higher education was conducted entirely in English, they will need to take the TOEFL exam. A master's degree from the U.S. will not exempt you from this requirement. Students who intend to apply for teaching assistantships should take the Versant Language Test and must meet additional requirements.
Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree in engineering. Applicants with strong grades in related disciplines (physics, math, statistics) will be considered.
International graduate students constitute an important segment of the Graduate School. The University of Washington encourages academically qualified applicants from other countries and also those noncitizen applicants who are attending, or have degrees from, other universities in the United States. International applicants must be prepared to provide evidence that they will have available approximately $65,000 for each year of study. Frequently Asked Questions for International Students at the UW.
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