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A page for candidates offered admission to the MHCI+D Class of 2022
Congratulations, you’ve been offered admission to UW’s MHCI+D Class of 2022! We hope that you will accept this offer–your unique talents, skills, and perspective would be an asset to the cohort.
But we also understand that you have a big decision to make. So what’s next? Start by checking out the information below. We hope it will help you make the right decision for you.
This top section connects you to special activities available between now and April 15th, the deadline for your acceptance of the admission offer. Below that, we’ve curated content about the program that previous candidates have found useful in exploring MHCI+D.
Between now and April 15, we will be offering a number of online sessions, most recorded, for you to talk with current students, faculty and staff, to meet each other, and to learn everything you can about our program and the UW.
Please join us at some or all of the following webinars over the coming month. At the end of most of these, we’ll also open up breakout rooms to allow you to get to meet some of your potential classmates more casually if you want to stick around:
- Wednesday March 17 at 8:00 AM (Pacific Daylight Time). Overview of MHCI+D and Q & A with MHCI+D Director, Amanda Menking and staff. Recording here.
- Wednesday March 24 at 4:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with MHCI+D Teaching Faculty. Recording here.
- Wednesday March 31 at 8:00 AM (Pacific Daylight Time). Career Outcomes and Career Services. Recording here.
- Tuesday April 6 at 1:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Sit in on Research Studio Class with Amanda Menking and Scott Ichikawa. (Zoom link will be sent by email the day before class)
- Wednesday April 7, at 6:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with current students and alumni. Recording here.
- Monday April 12 at 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with staff. Recording here.
Talk with us
- Schedule a one-on-one with Graduate Advisor Matt to discuss your specific questions.
- Look for an invitation next week to a dedicated Facebook group for newly admitted students.
How to accept the offer
April 15, 2021 is the last day you can accept the offer of admission. Accepting the offer is a two-step process:
- Notify us that you accept the offer by changing your status in the application system. This will trigger a notification to you with your UW student ID number and with information on how to pay the non-refundable $500 deposit.
- Pay the non-refundable $500 deposit. This deposit will be applied to your Fall Quarter tuition.
Once you have paid your $500 deposit, you will be part of the Class of 2022. Congratulations!
Please allow time for wire transfer or other financial transactions so that your $500 deposit is RECEIVED BY APRIL 15. You want to make sure your spot is secured before we initiate the waitlist. Contact us immediately if you anticipate any delays in completing the deposit.
Should you decide to decline the offer, please notify us as soon as possible by changing your status in the application system.
Additional information for international students. For details about visas and other information see the following UW Grad School page.
- Profiles of current Students and Alumni
- A day in the life of an MHCI+D student
Where to live in Seattle
Here are short introductions to some of the neighborhood popular with the Class of 2020:
Here’s a map of where the Class of 2020 (Cohort 7) lived while students
Follow current activities on blogs and social media
In the first week in the program, students complete a one week “Immersion Studio.” For the Class of 2021, the challenge was to use technology to support harmonious cohabitation between humans and non-humans. Here are a few projects write-ups, shared on Medium:
In fall quarter, Ideation Studio has student teams respond to a challenge related to changing human behavior through technology. The Class of 2020 explored how technology might address different mental health conditions. Three examples, from student portfolios:
In winter quarter, Prototyping Studio allows students to explore physical computing, hardware and software integration, and alternative input and output modalities. Professors Jon Froelich and Andy Davidson describe the process in this video
The Class of 2019 worked with Microsoft Education to design STEM lesson plans for middle school classrooms. Two examples, from student portfolios:
These projects are the culmination of the program (not the starting point). Teams consist of three or four students, and an industry sponsor provides guidance and advice. Capstone projects span three quarters and challenge you to design a solution to a real-world problem using all the skills you have developed.
- Watch the Capstone Project Videos. Both short ‘concept videos’ and longer final presentation videos are available for all previous capstone projects.
Watch and read recent talks and blogs by faculty involved with the program:
- Amanda Menking, MHCI+D Program Director. Amanda’s vision for the program. Part 1 and Part 2
- Amy Ko, Information School, instructor for Winter Quarter “User Interface” core class. Encouraging more Critical Computing [link]
- Jeff Heer, Computer Science & Engineering, Faculty Committee member and instructor of Elective “Data Visualization”. Podcast interview from ACM discussing his work [link]
- Axel Roesler, Division of Design, School of Art, Art History + Design. Foundations of Interaction Design elective [link] and Advanced Interaction Design elective [link]
- Daniela Rosner, Human-Centered Design and Engineering. Visual Communication elective [link]
- Gregg Gottesman, Computer Science & Engineering. Entrepreneurship [link]
- Jacob Wobbrock, The Information School. Designing Information Experiences elective [link]
- Jeff Heer, Computer Science & Engineering. Data Visualization elective [link]
- Katharina Reinecke, Computer Science & Engineering. Intro to HCI and Adv. Intro to HCI electives [link]
- Sean Munson, Human Centered Design & Engineering. Usability Studies elective [link]
- Financial Aid: In general, as an intense professional program, this is not designed to be work-compatible and because this is a fee-based program, many sources of state funding are not available. The majority of students meet the majority of their financial needs via loans, savings, or family support.
- GO-MAP supplemental finance awards: Merit-based financing for U.S. students from underrepresented groups. We have had students receive this award in the past. If interested in applying, contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on the award application process.
- Working: You will not have enough time to work full-time while in this program. A few students are able to hold down positions asking for 8-10 hours / week, but that is about the maximum you might manage. Some students have started the year with part-time consulting or freelance work, but most have found this is too taxing and distracting and have let these go mid-year. Each year we hire 3-4 students to assist with social media, website design,videography and other tasks. A few other students have taken other light work-study positions, but these are generally less than 10 hours per week.
- Additional Expenses: We work hard to keep you from having to buy little things throughout the year. So we provide coffee and tea in the studio, a high-quality printer/copier/scanner (although occasionally you may need to print elsewhere to meet a deadline), all in-class and prototyping materials for core classes, access to the studio Cricut cutter, 3-D printer, video-quality hard-drive, and large-screen monitors. Each quarter, your team will have a budget for relevant purchases, such as gratuities for research participants or specialized materials for your capstone project. What we don’t provide is materials or gratuities for your elective courses, meals, housing, dog sitting, etc.
DUB: Bringing together the broader UW HCI community of faculty and students, “DUB” or “Design Use Build” is the MHCI+D program’s founding organization. DUB holds weekly seminars, an annual retreat, and a chance to network with others from a wide range of disciplines, programs, and departments.
UW Career & Internship Center: The campus-wide career center offers workshops, industry and employer information sessions and other events nearly daily. They also organize career fairs throughout the year that offer a chance to connect with hundreds of employers.
Seattle HCI community: Beyond campus, Seattle has a vibrant HCI scene, with hundreds of professionals working in the field at local companies. UX Meetups , Hackathons and conferences offer students nearly daily opportunities to get to know their future colleagues.
A few of the more active organizations include:
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