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Graduate admission

UW Engineering offers graduate programs for engineers to grow their skills, boost their careers, or delve into academic research.

Many engineering departments have both full-time, research-focused graduate programs that culminate in a Ph.D. as well as professional master's programs that can accommodate your work schedule. Certificate programs are also available at select departments.

The application process

The UW Graduate School has minimum admission requirements for all students seeking graduate degrees. For more information about the admissions process, funding and to submit your application, visit the UW Graduate School website.

In addition to the minimum UW requirements, each department has their own admissions requirements and application deadlines. This and more information can be found in the respective program website, available through the tool below.

Engineering graduate programs and certificates

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:     206-543-2740

Basic Biosciences certificate program

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In this four-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the science of molecular and cellular processes. Next, we will investigate disease processes that alter pathophysiology, allowing diseases to develop. Finally, we focus on drug development from drug discovery & design to filing with Regulatory Agencies (FDA,EMA) for approval of new pharmacologic treatments.


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.


Certificate in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis & Design


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:     206-685-7250

Certificate in Embedded & Real-Time Systems Programming

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In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the skills needed to develop embedded and real-time software for microcontrollers and microprocessors. We’ll cover how to design, develop, test, debug and document low-level software for embedded devices using C, programming, C++ programming and ARM assembly. Designed for developers and technical professionals with experience programming in the C or C++ languages.

Available online, part-time.

Contact:     800-506-1325

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.


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.


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:     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:     206-685-2227

Doctor of Philosophy Aeronautics & Astronautics

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is an advanced engineering degree that prepares students for leadership roles in academia, industry, and research institutions specializing in aeronautics and astronautics.

Available full-time, on campus

Contact:     206-685-7250

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

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Students come to this multidisciplinary biomedical research and engineering program from a wide array of backgrounds, and graduates of the program demonstrate high achievement in bioengineering while excelling in intellectual leadership and independence as a scientific researcher.

Contact:     206-685-2000

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

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Graduate coursework typically includes subjects of importance to all chemical engineers, such as thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction engineering, and applied mathematics. Students are encouraged to take additional courses to gain experience in areas relevant to their research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Students in the CEE Ph.D. program work closely with distinguished faculty on research and pursue their own innovative projects, preparing them to make a difference in the world. Students who pursue Ph.D. degrees often obtain high-level jobs in industry or go on to work in academia.

Available on campus.

Contact:     206-685-2227

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

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The Allen School provides every student accepted to our Ph.D. program with full financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships or fellowships, from program inception to degree. Students earn an integrated master’s degree on their path to the Ph.D.

Available on campus.

Contact:     206-543-1695

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

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The Ph.D. program prepares students for work in academia or industry as independent researchers and scholars. It is the highest degree awarded in the field. Students work closely with distinguished faculty on research and pursue their own innovative projects, preparing them to make a difference in the world.

Available on campus, full-time.


Doctor of Philosophy in Human Centered Design & Engineering

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The HCDE doctoral program prepares students for careers as scholars and researchers through relevant coursework, mentorship from faculty, and collaboration with peers. Early in the program, students may explore different topics and research areas through Directed Research Groups and other independent projects.


Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

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The Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program prepares students for university-level education roles and leadership in industrial and systems engineering research. In addition to meeting course requirements, students spend one or more years on Ph.D. dissertation research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science & Engineering

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This advanced program trains engineers for leadership roles in academia, industry and research institutions.

Contact:     206-543-2740

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

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Students must demonstrate strong scholastic ability throughout the program to complete independent research and to contribute creatively to advanced developments in engineering. The degree is approximately 30% course work and 70% research. Ph.D. students can attend the University of Washington on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Available on campus, in-person.

Contact:     206-543-7963

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.


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.


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:     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:     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.


Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA)

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The Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA) is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related field who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree emphasizing technical expertise as well as preparation for advanced, independent research. MSAA courses are offered on a traditional, daytime schedule. The MSAA is generally intended as a full-time program (five-six quarters) but may also be completed on a part-time schedule. MSAA graduates are eligible to continue toward a PhD.

Available full-time, on campus

Contact:     206-685-7250

Master of Science in Bioengineering (MSB)

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Apply basic sciences and engineering to solve biomedical problems. Gain comprehensive research experience. UW Bioengineering’s thesis-based Master of Science students bring diverse experience from a variety of academic disciplines to solve biomedical problems using basic science and engineering principles while gaining comprehensive research experience.

Contact:     206-685-2000

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.


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:     206-685-2227

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

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The master of science program prepares students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to continue on to Ph.D. studies. Master’s degree students include recent undergraduates seeking more technical depth, working engineers who want to advance their career and professionals from other backgrounds seeking to enter the field.

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

Contact:     206-616-1351

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.


Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)

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The MSIE is intended for students who are interested in pursuing an advanced, research-oriented degree for a career in industry, government, or the engineering sciences or in preparation for a Ph.D. The Master of Science program is intended for full-time, on-campus students.


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:     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:     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:     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.


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:     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.