About UW Professional & Continuing Education

About Us

Our History

Our History
For more than a century, our mission has been to meet the educational needs in our community and beyond. Read about our history, and see how we’ve evolved to do just that.

Whether you’re looking to change careers, advance in your current one or pursue a personal interest, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help. We offer 130 certificates, 60 degrees and hundreds of courses all designed with the needs of busy adults in mind.

Our certificate programs are developed with a focus on providing:

  • Convenience through evening, weekend and online options
  • Practical, real-world knowledge that can be immediately used on the job
  • Cutting-edge curriculum developed and taught by top industry professionals in touch with the latest developments in the field
  • Relevant learning options created and refined with insight from advisory boards made up of UW faculty and industry leaders


A Gateway to the University of Washington

UW Professional & Continuing Education is managed under the umbrella of UW Educational Outreach, the unit at the University of Washington that administers fee-based, self-sustaining programs for learners from all walks of life.

In addition to UWPCE programs, UW Educational Outreach administers a wealth of other learning opportunities at the UW, including Summer Quarter, International & English language Programs and UW in the High School, to name a few.

Explore the full list of programs administered by UW Educational Outreach and discover more great ways to keep learning at the UW.