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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 an ECE faculty member.

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. Our faculty’s cutting edge research informs their teaching, allowing you to bring the latest ideas to bear in your career. That being said, the PMP focuses on a subset of ECE topic areas and it is important that you find our program to be a good fit for your near and long-term goals. The MSEE degree isn’t just for people who want to practice electrical engineering, but is valuable for:

  • Electrical engineers seeking more technical depth
  • Managers supervising technical employees
  • Control systems engineers
  • Software engineers seeking more depth in sensing, signal processing, and controls
  • Financial engineers / Computational finance professionals

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. The PMP is not intended to be a “back door” into the daytime Master’s program, and PMP transfer applicants to the daytime Master’s program are not treated any differently than traditional daytime Master’s applicants.

If I enroll in the Professional Master’s Program, can I still take classes in the daytime program?

No. While the PMP and the daytime Master’s programs lead to the exact same degree, they have different admissions processes, courses, tuition rates, etc.. Therefore, students cannot swap back and forth between daytime and PMP courses.

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 a thesis option.