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Master’s & Ph.D.

In addition to curiosity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, UW EE graduate students have a strong background in math, science, and programming. If you have questions, contact the UW EE Advising Office at grad@ee.washington.edu or 206-221-5270.

Applying

UW EE enrolls graduate students once per year, in autumn quarter.  You will submit your application approximately one year prior to when you hope to enroll. Applications for the program are submitted through the Graduate School’s online application.

  • Applications must be complete by December 15.
  • Any application materials received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
  • Please do not submit any materials directly to UW EE. They will not be reviewed.

Selecting Your Areas of Interest

The department promotes interdisciplinary research, and students can specify multiple topics of interest in their application, including:

  • Computer engineering & architecture
  • VLSI
  • Embedded systems
  • Wireless communications & networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Nanoscale materials and structure
  • Integrated photonics and optoelectronics
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Sensors and sensor systems
  • Electromagnetics and remote sensing
  • Power systems
  • Power electronics
  • Renewable energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Energy harvesting
  • Smart cities
  • Surgical and bio-robotics
  • Haptics
  • Network control systems
  • Neural engineering
  • Medical devices
  • Mobile health
  • Systems and synthetic biology
  • Computational biology
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Statistical signal processing
  • Speech and natural language processing
  • Computer vision and image processing
  • Continuous and discrete optimization, algorithms and applications
  • Control and optimization
  • Game theory and decision-making
  • Information theory and applications

Prerequisites

Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. The average GPA of admitted graduate students is 3.7.

For Applicants with Degrees in Other Fields

Students with a strong academic record who hold a degree in a technical field such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science or another branch of engineering can expect to perform well in UW EE’s graduate programs — provided they first develop a basic background in electrical engineering.  Students are expected to make up any deficiencies in their electrical engineering background prior to beginning their graduate program.

Fundamental courses required of all non-EE degree holders

  • EE 215 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • EE 233 Circuit Theory
  • EE 235 Continuous Time Linear Systems
  • Programming skills at the level of CSE 142 Computer Programming I and CSE 143 Computer Programming II

Students may take these courses at the UW or may develop equivalent knowledge from previous study at another institution.

Application Materials

Applications for the program are submitted through the Graduate School’s online application. Please do not submit any materials directly to UW EE. They will not be reviewed.

GRE

This is the only item that is submitted independently of the online application form. Test scores should be five years old or less. Ask Educational Testing Service to send official scores to the University of Washington, institution code 4854. Check ETS’s Score Reporting Schedule to make sure your official scores will be received by the admission deadline. The recommended GRE Quantitative score for competitive applicants is 160. Verbal and Analytical scores are more subjective.

Application Fee

An $85 application must be paid online, as part of the online application.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

This must be uploaded to the application as a PDF, Word or plain text file.

Areas of Interest

Choose up to four areas. Areas are used to match graduate students with potential faculty advisers.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose describes what motivates you to pursue a career in electrical engineering and what your educational objectives are. You are encouraged to mention specific technical areas of interest and optionally faculty who you are interested in working with. The statement should be approximately one to two pages double-spaced.

Personal Statement (optional for domestic applicants)

You may include a brief section on any of the following topics that may apply to your situation: first generation to attend graduate school, low-income background, overcoming adversity. This information is optional. It may be useful to explain a transcript anomaly and it may be used to  identify students who may qualify for diversity funding. The statement should be no more than one to two pages double-spaced.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Submit recommender email addresses into the electronic application form. This triggers an automatic request to the recommender to submit their letter. We recommend you submit the email addresses at least one month ahead of the deadline in order to give recommenders sufficient time to submit the letters. Your recommenders must submit their letters only via the online application. Letters submitted any other way (email, postal mail) will not be accepted.

Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

Scan and upload an electronic copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended via the online application system.  Do not mail transcripts and do not submit official transcripts.

TOEFL — Required for New International Applicants

Ask ETS to send official test scores directly to the University of Washington Graduate Admissions Office, institution code 4854. Scores should be no more than two years old. The minimum score required for admission is 600 (paper-based exam), 250 (computer-administered) or 92 (TOEFLiBTI).

UW EE does not accept the IELTS or any other exam for the language requirement.

For details on the English language proficiency requirements, review the Graduate School’s Memo 8.