Frequently Asked Questions
Application and admission
- When is the deadline for applying?
- Deadlines vary by program. Note that undergraduate admission to the University of Washington is a separate process from admission to ISE as an undergraduate.
- When will I know if I’m accepted?
- Undergraduate students will be notified of acceptance by July 31st.
- International and priority MSIE and Ph.D. applicants who applied by January 2nd will be notified of acceptance in mid-March.
- Domestic MSIE and Ph.D. students who applied by the July 1st deadline will be notified of acceptance in early August.
- What are the requirements for applying?
- Do I need to take the GRE?
- You need to take the GRE for application to the Master of Science and Ph.D. programs. You do not need to take the GRE for application to the Master of Engineering program.
- What is the difference between the master's degrees?
- The Master of Science is a research-oriented degree intended for full-time, on-campus students. The Master of Engineering is an evening degree designed for professionals with at least two years of work experience.
- Which master's degree is right for me?
- If you are a working professional looking to learn skills to apply at your job, then the Master of Engineering is the right fit for you. If you are interested in pursuing research in ISE, are able to attend classes as a full-time day student, and may want to continue on to a Ph.D. program, the Master of Science is the appropriate program for you.
- Can I apply for Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status?
- You can apply for GNM status if you are a Global Integrated Systems Engineering (GISE) student. Learn more about GNM status within ISE.
- What is the maximum time allowed to complete the graduate degrees?
- The maximum time allowed to complete either master's degree is six years. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete the Ph.D. is ten years.
- Am I an international applicant?
You are an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant, or green card holder. International students must have a U.S. visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications.
Learn more about Visa requirements on the Graduate School website.
- Do I need to take an English proficiency exam?
- Unless you have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree program in the U.S., or your higher education was conducted entirely in English, you will need to take the TOEFL exam. A master's degree from the U.S. will not exempt you from this requirement.
- What is the minimum required English proficiency exam score?
- The minimum required scores on the TOEFL is 92.