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Future Students

Admitted graduate students

Student in MSE lab wearing goggles

Congratulations and welcome to MSE, a community committed to conducting research that meets the needs of modern technology. At our department, you will not only get to work using state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities, but will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty who are leaders in their fields, preparing you to meet today’s challenges with innovative and interdisciplinary solutions.

In this page, you will find resources that will help guide you through the process of entering the UW, including information about campus life, department resources, and much more.

U501: Graduate School Orientation

University 501 (U501) is a self-guided, online resource designed for graduate and professional students at all three campuses and is intended to help prepare you for your arrival to and start at the University of Washington.

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Important dates to keep in mind for AY 23-24

April 15: Last day for Ph.D. students to accept admission

April – May: Decision dates will vary for master’s program acceptances

May 5: Autumn Quarter enrollment opens up for continuing UW students only

June 20: Autumn Quarter enrollment opens up to students new to the UW

Late August: UW International Students Orientation & Events

September: Orientation for all graduate students (this date will be updated by early summer)

Late September: MSE Orientation

September 25: Annual Lab safety training. Register here.

September 27: Autumn Quarter begins

2023-2024 Registration Deadlines

Graduate housing information

On-campus housing

Graduate students living on campus have a variety of options. There are single-room and shared-room residences that tend to be occupied by students over 20 years of age. Rates vary depending on the room and meal plan chosen. There is family housing near campus as well.

Housing & food services


There are many off-campus housing options close to the University. For those choosing to live farther away from campus, it is easy to commute by bike or Metro Bus Transit.


Visit campus

Explore our 700 acres from your own screen.


Career Center @ Engineering

Services provided include resume feedback, professional development and more.

Get involved

Build community within the department by joining a club or organization.

MSE research centers

Explore MSE's 25,000+ square feet of research and lab space.

International student resources

UW Graduate School resources for admitted international graduate students.

Tuition and funding resources

Learn more about financial aid and resources to fund your studies.

MSE directories

Find contact information for our faculty and staff.