Grade Point Average (GPA)
Applicants to the graduate programs should be well prepared and have a strong undergraduate GPA for the last 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of graded undergraduate course work 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.
- Completed courses. You must have completed one year of calculus and one probability and statistics course (e.g. IND E 315).
Two Letters of Recommendation (2)
The confidential letters are submitted electronically by recommenders indicated on the on-line application. Writers should be in a position to rank the applicant’s performance as a working professional or student.
The 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 you have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree program in an English speaking country or your higher education was conducted entirely in English, you will need to take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of 92. You must take the TOEFL even if you plan to take courses online from your home country.
Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, science or math. Applicants with strong grades in related disciplines may be considered.
Information for International Students
There are two courses of study available for international students: part-time and full-time. TOEFL scores must be submitted with both applications. Minimum TOEFL: 580; Minimum TOEFLiBT: 92; Minimum TOEFLC: 237; Minimum IELTS: 7; Minimum MLT: 90.
Part-time study is for international students who plan to take courses online from their home country. Part-time students are not eligible to study in residence at the University of Washington. TOEFL scores must be submitted with your application even if you plan to take courses online from your home country.
Full-time study is for international students who will take classes on a full-time basis in residence at the UW until the degree is completed. The deadline for full-time students is January 1 for enrollment Autumn Quarter. International applicants must be prepared to provide evidence that they will have available approximately $56,000 for each year of study. Frequently Asked Questions for International Students at the UW.
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