How to Apply to the Graduate Program

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Application deadlines
Quarter Date
Spring 2021

Jan 06, 2021

domestic applicants

Nov 12, 2020

international applicants

Autumn 2021 Feb 17, 2021


Submit your application for the Master of Science in Computer Science and Systems using the UW Graduate School's online system.  Review all admissions requirements and our Frequently Asked Questions prior to completing your application.

The MSCSS program admits students for both Autumn and Spring quarters. Complete applications received by the priority deadline will be assured of a review. Contact us at for permission to apply after a deadline has passed or for questions relating to admissions.

Your application will be reviewed for admission once all materials have been received. Do not mail any information to the School of Engineering & Technology or the Graduate School.

  1. UW Graduate School Application

    Complete the Application for Admission to the UW Graduate School online.  You may log in as often as you like to update your application.  Once you are finished with your application, you may submit the $85 fee using a credit card. Once the fee is submitted, you will not have access to make any changes.

  2. Personal Statement

    Your personal statement should discuss your interest in the field of computer science and any areas of specialization. Here are five steps to follow when writing a personal statement.

  3. Resume

    Please submit your current resume online and include any work related to computer science prerequisites that is not clearly listed on your transcript.

  4. Transcripts
    • Upload one transcript from each post-secondary school you have attended. The Graduate School in Seattle will require an official transcript for degree verification after you have accepted an offer of admission.  Please do not mail official transcripts to Tacoma and don't send official copies to the Graduate School until after you have received an offer of admission.
    • If you list additional classes that you have taken (post-graduate courses), you must also provide the Graduate School with official transcripts to support this work after you have been accepted.
  5. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    The GRE general exam is required for all applicants. The test must have been taken within the last five years. Request that ETS send your scores directly to the University of Washington at code 4854.

    Visit the GRE website to learn more about the test and to find a testing center near you. Please notify the Graduate School at if your scores are missing and you took the test under an alternate spelling of your name (ie last and first name are switched).  Competitive applicants score in the top percentiles for quantitative and mid-percentiles or better for verbal.

  6. Recommendations

    Two online letters of recommendation are required.  You provide the recommender's name, e-mail address and phone number, then our system will send an e-form to your recommender.   Please check your application file frequently to make sure your recommendations have been received.

International applicants

In addition to the application materials listed above, international applicants must provide proof of English Proficiency. All UW applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency with documentation verifying that the medium of instruction for their bachelor's degree was English or by achieving the minimum scores on an approved English exam.

Minimum Scores

Request a brochure about the MSCSS program.