Applications for Fall 2017 are no longer being accepted.
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. Late applications will not be reviewed. You will be notified of an admission decision by late March. A new cohort for the MHCID graduate program starts each fall. Applications for Fall 2018 will be received starting in October.
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 3.0 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
Please address all areas asked. This 500 to 800 word statement will also be evaluated as an example of your written communication skills.
What do you hope to do with this degree? Describe your goals for the future and how this educational experience and subsequent degree could help you achieve them. How do your previous experiences prepare you for this career field?
Where is your intended focus area for your career (health, environment, startup...)?
Describe your interest in human-computer interaction and design and what specific elements of this program make it a good fit for you.
Tell us about any additional experiences that prepare you to be a good fit for the program.
Please answer each question in 3 to 4 sentences so that the review committee can get to know you better.
- Describe a collaborative work and/or team experience and what have you learned about collaboration/team work.
- What have you done and will do (beyond content study) to prepare for this intensive one year program?
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.
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.
Applicants with any relevant research, technology, design or product development experience are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work. The portfolio should show three to five examples of previous creative problem-solving work. For applicants whose experience does not include design or product development work, a portfolio is not required. You will not be down-graded for not submitting a portfolio, but rather, you are encouraged to describe your other strengths in your statement of purpose.
Please provide a PDF document with a weblink.
This is required only if your baccalaureate degree is not in computer science/technology, social science, design, or related fields. Submit a 150 word statement describing applicable work experience that helps prepare you for work in the human-computer interaction and design field.
Applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores, especially if the baccalaureate degree was some years ago and/or if the baccalaureate GPA does not reflect current academic ability. Most applicants and most successful applicants submit GRE scores. Reasons why you would not necessarily need to submit GRE scores include a recent and high GPA from a relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree and/or a strong design or product development portfolio. The GRE report code for University of Washington is 4854; there is no department code needed. This can be requested at the time of testing or after the fact at wwww.ets.org
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: 100, with each sub score of at least 25. 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.
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.
- Schedule and take the GRE (if included). GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington.
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 Design-Use-Build
- 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.