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Professional Master’s Program

Do you accept Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students?

Yes. Please email us directly, so we can properly advise you.

Do you accept transfer credit?

Yes. The PMP allows a maximum of one graduate level course to be transferred and applied toward the MSEE assuming the course credits were not used to satisfy requirements for another degree. The transfer coursework needs to be applicable to the PMP, and must be approved by the PMP director.

Is this the right program for you?

The Electrical & Computer Engineering PMP offers a work-compatible Master’s degree and courses taught by world class Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty and industry lecturers who are leaders in their field. Our faculty’s cutting edge research and our lecturers’ industry expertise informs their teaching, allowing you to bring the latest ideas to bear in your career. The MSEE degree isn’t just for people who want to practice electrical engineering, but is valuable for:

  • Patent attorneys seeking technical depth in industry-relevant topics
  • Managers supervising technical employees
  • Control systems engineers
  • Software engineers seeking more depth in sensing, signal processing, and controls
  • Financial engineers / Computational finance professionals

The program is also a great fit for full-time students who seek to gain in-demand technical skills and a valuable MSEE credential before launching their careers in the industry. The PMP accepts F1 international students and provides the same CPT and OPT opportunities as our traditional daytime master’s program.

If I enroll in the Professional Master’s Program, can I later transfer to the daytime Master’s program?

Students wishing to transfer from one program to another must formally apply to the program of their choice via the standard admissions process and be admitted.

Can I do this program on a part-time basis, or on evenings and weekends?

Yes. The PMP is designed both for part-time working professionals, and students interested in taking full-time courses in the evening. Part-time study is considered less than 10 credits per quarter, and full-time study is considered 10 credits or more per quarter. Note that international students on F1 visa are required to study full-time (10 or more credits per quarter).

How long does the program take to complete?

The PMP generally takes 1.5 (full-time) to 3 years (part-time) to complete.

What is the difference between the traditional Master’s program and the Professional Master’s Program?

Both programs lead to the MSEE, but are structured differently in that the PMP has an industry-focused orientation, whereas the traditional Master’s program has a research-focused orientation. The PMP is designed to accommodate both working professionals and full-time students who have a long-term goal of working in the field professionally. The PMP offers courses only in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and full-time students interested in pursuing internship opportunities during the day, whereas the daytime program follows a more traditional weekday schedule. The same UW ECE faculty teach courses in both program options. The PMP has a coursework-only structure, while the daytime program offers both a coursework and a thesis option.