Applications for Fall 2018 are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. PST on January 12, 2018.
The following are the minimum admission requirements for the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program as set by the University of Washington Graduate School
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
- A minimum 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last graded 60 semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits
- Demonstrated English-language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English (We no longer accept IELTS scores.)
Required Application Materials
In 500–800 words, please describe your interest in HCI and design, and explain what specific elements of the UW MHCI+D Program make it a good fit for you. How have your prior experiences (at school and in the workplace if applicable) prepared you for this program and this field? How will this program assist you in your longer-term goals?
This document provides a summary of your educational and professional activities. It shows a history of your most recent and most relevant education and career activities, and related volunteer work and interests.
Three letters from professional or academic sources are required. These can be faculty members, mentors, supervisors and so on, but should not be from personal friends, counselors or ministers. The letters should be submitted electronically and the MyGrad system provides instructions. Remember to remind your letter writers that late letters may adversely affect your admission chances.
Unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges and universities from which you earned collegiate level credit and/or a degree. These can be scanned documents, provided they are readable. If the admissions committee cannot read the documents, you may be asked to provide an official transcript. Once you have been offered admission and accepted it, you will be required to submit an official transcript from your most recent or most relevant degree. This will become part of your admissions packet and you will not be able to enroll for Autumn quarter classes without this step.
Use this section to alert us to any projects you may have worked on that demonstrate your skills and interests. This can take the form of a design portfolio, your GitHub page, a link to research you were a part of in a research lab, or something else that demonstrates your role in an open-ended project. Please submit a one page pdf that includes your name, a link to where we can find these supplementary materials online, and a brief explanation, if necessary.
Beginning with applications for Fall 2018, GRE scores will no longer be accepted or considered as part of the application package.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency which exceeds the minimum defined by the Graduate School Memorandum #8. Several means of demonstrating English language proficiency can be found in Memorandum #8.
If test scores are submitted, the following minimum scores must be met for an application to be reviewed: TOEFLiBT: 106, with each sub score of at least 26. Only scores less than two years old at the application deadline will be accepted. Scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854; there is no department code needed.
If you are submitting your US degree as proof of English language proficiency, additional steps may be required, such as an interview.
We no longer accept IELTS scores.
The application fee is charged by the UW Graduate School. If you cannot afford the application fee, you can request an application fee waiver when you submit your MyGrad application.
A member of the admissions committee or program staff may elect to interview you, via Skype, before providing an offer of admission. Not all applicants will be interviewed, and being interviewed does not necessarily mean that you are on a short list for admission.
Step One: Prepare to Apply
- Get transcripts from each college or university attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies; you will need them for the UW Graduate School application (Step Two).
- Identify people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you. Three letters of recommendation are required to apply. Consider current or former employers or supervisors, as well as former teachers. Make sure the people you choose can judge your capacity to undertake graduate studies. You will need their email addresses for the Graduate School application.
Step Two: Apply
- Start your online application to the UW Graduate School. Create an applicant profile. Your login and password will allow you to save your application and return to it later.
- For MHCI+D program, select Human-Computer Interaction and Design
- Upload all required documents
- Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Your designees will be sent an email with instructions directing them to a secure website to submit their letters
- Pay the nonrefundable fee
After you’ve submitted your application, you cannot made further changes. You can check on its status at any time by logging into the application page.