Admissions > Master's and PhD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Program Questions

  1. Do you have a Master's Degree Program?
  2. Do I need an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering to apply?
  3. What are your prerequisites?
  4. How long does the program take to complete?
  5. If I already have a Master's degree, will the program be shorter for me?
  6. Can I do this program on a part-time basis, or during evenings and weekends?
  7. Do you have an on-line or distance-learning program?
  8. How much is tuition?
  9. Is this the right program for you? Is submitting an application worth your time and effort?
  10. Do you accept transfer credit?
  11. Do you accept Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students?

Admissions Questions

Pre Decision

  1. Where do I mail my application materials?
  2. What is the application deadline and what if I miss it?
  3. If December 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, what do I do?
  4. If January 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, what do I do?
  5. Can you tell me if you received my application/GREs/transcripts/etc.?
  6. Is my application complete?
  7. How many applicants do you typically receive and how many do you admit?
  8. Can I apply to more than one area and how do I do that?
  9. What criteria do you use in making admissions decisions?
  10. Can you give me an update on my application or the admissions timeline?
  11. What if a faculty member contacts me directly?
  12. When will I know if I have been accepted or denied?
  13. What is the earliest I can apply?
  14. Can you mail me an application/information on the program?
  15. Can I visit the Department of Electrical Engineering or schedule an advising appointment?
  16. When is your Visit Days event, so I can save the date?
  17. When will I know if I have been selected to visit the department?

Post Decision

  1. I was denied admission; what was the reason and what do I do now?
  2. How will I be funded? How do I apply for assistantships?
  3. I was admitted, by my admission letter stated: We are unfortunately not able to offer you a Teaching or Research Assistantship at this time,” what does this mean?
  4. If I get in, can I defer enrollment one year to gain more experience?

Graduate Application Questions

Regarding Online Graduate School Application

  1. Where is the link to the online Graduate School application?
  2. What's the difference between the "Statement of Purpose" and "Personal Statement?"
  3. I have completed all the steps and printed the application, but it still won't let me pay and submit?
  4. How do I apply for an application fee waiver?
  5. I have an update to my application after I submitted it, can I fix it?
  6. Can I get my application materials back if I wasn't accepted?

Regarding Exams: GRE, TOEFL, etc.

  1. What are the institution/department codes for sending my GRE/TOEFL scores?
  2. Do you require a subject test in the GRE?
  3. What if I took the GRE/TOEFL test late?
  4. Do you have a GRE cut-off? What if I don't get that score? Should I retest?
  5. Do you accept other tests besides GRE/TOEFL?
  6. What if I took the GRE Revised General Test?
  7. What are the language requirements for international applicants?
  8. Do you accept old exam scores?
  9. If I've taken the exam more than once, what scores do you consider?
  10. Do I have to take the GRE/TOEFL? Can it be waived?

Regarding Letters of Recommendation

  1. Do you have forms for the letters of recommendation?
  2. How many letters of recommendation do I need?
  3. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online, what does this mean?
  4. My recommender did not receive the request email to submit an online letter.
  5. When will my recommender get the email request?
  6. Do I have to wait until I'm completely done with my application to designate recommenders?
  7. What if I use service that collects my letters, can they still be sent to you?
  8. My recommender does not want to submit a letter online, can it be mailed?
  9. Advice to share with your recommenders regarding the online request.
  10. I retained the right to view the letters, may I see them?

Regarding Transcripts & GPA

  1. What transcripts are required?
  2. I earned two Bachelor's degrees, how do I enter this in the online application for the two major GPAs?
  3. My school doesn't have official online transcripts.
  4. What if I haven't graduated and earned my Bachelor's/Master's degree by the application deadline?
  5. I just received new grades/degree; can I send you an updated transcript?
  6. Do I still need to upload a transcript if I'm currently (or was) a student at the University of Washington?
  7. Can transcripts be mailed directly to the Department or can I mail them to you?
  8. How do I calculate my GPA?
  9. How do I convert semester credits to quarter credits (and vice versa)?

Regarding Reapplication Procedures

  1. How do I reapply? What materials do you keep?

Regarding Other Questions or Concerns

  1. What if I can't get electronic copies of my exam scores, transcripts, or letters of recommendation, etc.?
  2. What happens to separate or late materials?
  3. How do I make a PDF?
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