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Professional Master's and certificate programs

Engineering professional programs offer application-focused, graduate-level education taught by renowned faculty, with curricula guided by industry leaders.

Students benefit from the expertise of UW Engineering faculty, who are leaders in their fields, and from the diverse backgrounds of classmates. The degrees and certificates in engineering are developed in partnership with regional industry leaders to give you access to important contacts and expertise.

Engineering professional programs and certificates

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Applied Master's Program in Materials Science & Engineering

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Gain relevant experience for careers in a variety of fields including aerospace, biomedicine, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Graduates of the program pursue careers in research and development, serve as consultants and become entrepreneurs. For those students interested in pursuing a doctorate, AMP can provide a stepping stone into our Ph.D. program.

Contact: karenlw@uw.edu     206-543-2740

Certificate in aircraft composite materials and manufacturing

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This program is for Boeing employees only. It is designed to meet the needs of a variety of engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance personnel involved with the design and fabrication of aircraft hardware. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in engineering, physics or chemistry, mechanics of materials, algebra and some calculus.

Available online, part-time classes.

Contact: megrad@uw.edu    

Certificate in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis & Design

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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore state-of-the-art methods in aircraft composite design. This program is for Boeing employees only. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in mechanics of materials.

Available online, part-time.

Contact: aerograd@uw.edu     206-685-7250

Certificate in earthquake engineering

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In this three-course certificate program, students will develop foundational skills in seismic design and analysis of built infrastructure. This course was designed for engineers practicing or planning to practice in areas with high earthquake hazard who want to advance their knowledge of and ability to implement seismic structural analysis and design.

Available online, with real-time meetings.

Contact: ceginfo@uw.edu    

Certificate in Engineering Leadership

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In this four-course certificate program, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to become a successful technical lead, first-level manager or program manager in an organization of any size. We’ll explore how to communicate with business professionals and participate in negotiations and the decision making process. Increase your confidence in leading diverse teams, mentoring employees, making data-driven decisions and guiding complex projects to completion.

Classes online and on campus. Part-time.

Contact: isemengr@uw.edu    

Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering

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In this certificate program, you’ll learn to apply innovative industry techniques to design and optimize complex systems across a variety of engineering disciplines. We’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to topics in systems engineering, project management, supply chain management and financial modeling while considering the various multicultural factors that impact these areas.

Programming available online and in-person, part-time.

Contact: isemengr@uw.edu    

Certificate in Modern Aircraft Structures

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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll undertake an in-depth study of aircraft design and analysis. This program is open to Boeing employees only. It is geared to those involved in a range of disciplines, including structures, flight science, loads, manufacturing, liaison and fleet support.

Available online, part-time option

Contact: aerograd@uw.edu     206-685-7250

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

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In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the critical issues surrounding the planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. Designed for professionals who work on transportation and sustainability issues, along with those who want to enter the field. Available online.

Contact: ceginfo@uw.edu     206-685-2227

GPU-Accelerated Computing and Visualization

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In this hands-on, project-based certificate program, we’ll explore how GPU Computing and Scientific Visualization support reshaping and reenvisioning the world in novel dimensions. In a series of three online complementary classes, you’ll learn and apply the theory, practical hands-on skills, and undocumented “black art” techniques required to develop optimized parallel GPU software.

Contact: grad@ece.uwe.edu    

Machine Learning and Deep Learning

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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore how machine learning is reshaping the world — and what tools you’ll need to help make that happen. Students will learn how to implement and evaluate learning algorithms for a broad range of applications and work with state-of-the-art Python libraries for machine learning, such as NumPy and PyTorch.

Contact: grad@ece.uwe.edu    

Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

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The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree for recent graduates as well as working professionals. The MAE emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry. The MAE is a terminal, coursework-only degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is meant to be completed part-time in three years. Courses meet in the evening, once per week, with all students having the option to attend classes online or in person.

Available campus or online, full-time and part-time options.

Contact: aerograd@uw.edu     206-685-7250

Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB)

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The MAB trains students to apply engineering design to address today’s clinical challenges and fulfill the market-based demands of industry and medicine for biotechnology. Students collaborate with world-class faculty from UW and UW Medicine, and local industry partners to transform biomedical research into technologies for improving patient care. Graduates have in-demand skills for work in biomedical industry and translational research.

Contact: bioeng@uw.edu     206-685-2000

Master of Industrial & Systems Engineering (MISE)

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The MISE is a non-thesis degree designed for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians with at least two years of work experience in a technical environment who wish to excel as complex system thinkers in today's global business environment.

Available online and on campus.

Contact: isemengr@uw.edu    

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

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The intensive 1-year M.S. program pairs applied data science instruction with real-world project experience in a chemical engineering and molecular science context. Students complete fundamental ChemE coursework and participate in an industry-sponsored capstone project. Master’s students also have the option of a 2-year research-focused program intended as a bridge to a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

Contact: barry77@uw.edu     206-685-9785

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

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The MSCE program prepares students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or pursue further studies in a doctoral program. The MSCE degree can increase competitiveness in the job market, advance an existing career, or serve as a gateway to a Ph.D. degree.

Flexible on-campus and online options.

Contact: ceginfo@uw.edu     206-685-2227

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering

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This program prepares its graduates for leadership roles in user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction. A flexible schedule allows students to attend part time or full time.

Available on campus with full-time and part-time options.

Contact: askhcde@uw.edu    

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

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The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) will prepare graduates for professional careers in Mechanical Engineering. We offer coursework in a variety of areas including robotics, health, renewable energy, material science, and manufacturing. This degree is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. However, if you have completed standard math, natural science, and engineering fundamental courses, you may qualify for admission to the MSME degree.

Available on campus and online. Flexible part-time and full time options.

Contact: megrad@uw.edu     206-616-0981

Online Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering (PharBE)

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The Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering program (PharBE) is an online degree program designed to enable working engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related industries to explore advanced education in the areas of drug discovery and design, pharmaceutics and translational pharmaceutics, clinical drug and device development, molecular and cellular biology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

Available online.

Contact: bioeng@uw.edu     206-685-2000

Online Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering

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An advanced degree provides an edge when applying for senior-level positions or advancing to a higher level in an organization. Designed for working professionals, UW CEE offers several online master’s degree programs, including Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure, Master Of Supply Chain Transportation And Logistics, Master Of Sustainable Transportation. The flexibility of an online program allows students to pursue a specialized focus while setting their own schedule, enabling them to participate from any location and work full-time.

Available online, full-time or part-time.

Contact: ceginfo@uw.edu     206-685-2227

Professional Master's Program in Electrical Engineering

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The Professional Master’s Program (PMP) focuses on cutting-edge technical topics and the latest university research, giving students the expertise needed to drive innovation. Designed for full-time students as well as professionals already working in the field, the PMP prepares graduates for new and rewarding career opportunities. The program leads to a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree.

Evening classes available with full-time and part-time options.

Contact: grad@ece.uw.edu    

Professional Master's Programs in Computer Science & Engineering

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The Allen School’s Professional Master’s Program (PMP) is designed for fully-employed professionals who are interested in continuing on their career paths while acquiring critical skills to move them into positions and projects of greater responsibility and impact. The PMP offers unique benefits to working professionals, including an opportunity to interact with other talented area professionals in a flexible, part-time learning environment that blends focused academic coursework and exciting colloquia offering practical engineering and development insights and tools.

On campus, evening option available.

Contact: masters@cs.washington.edu     206-543-1695

User-Centered Design Certificate

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The User-Centered Design (UCD) Certificate is a graduate-level program for students who want to enhance their skills in user experience (UX) research and design. UCD Certificate students learn sophisticated methods for planning and developing intuitive, user-friendly product designs. Students study the latest theories and practices to keep user needs at the forefront of each stage of the design process.

Available on campus, evening classes.

Contact: askhcde@uw.edu