Explore MHCI+D

A page for candidates offered admission to the MHCI+D Class of 2021

Congratulations, you’ve been offered admission to UW’s MHCI+D Class of 2021! 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.

Student Experience
Watch students from the Class of 2019 describe what it’s like in the MHCI+D program and what their fellow students bring to the experience.

Next Steps

Because of health concerns in Seattle, we are not holding an in-person visitors day this year. Instead, 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. Links to online events will be posted on this page as we add them.

Pre-decision webinars

Please join us at some or all of the following webinars over the coming month:

  • Wednesday March 18 at 7:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with staff. Webinar recording here.
  • Wednesday March 25 at 7:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time). Career Outcomes. Webinar recording here.
  • Tuesday March 31 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with current students. Zoom meeting URL here.
  • Tuesday April 7 at 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with MHCI+D Teaching Faculty. Webinar recording here.
  • Wednesday April 8, at 8:30AM (Pacific Daylight Time). Sit in on Design of Interactive Systems core MHCI+D class with Axel Roesler. (Zoom link to be sent by email)
  • Monday April 13 at 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time). Q & A with staff. Zoom meeting URL here.

Talk with us

How to accept the offer

April 15, 2020 is the last day you can accept the offer of admission. Accepting the offer is a two-step process:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 2021. 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.


Student Living (Cohort 7)


Follow current activities on blogs and social media


Student Work

Immersion Studio

In the first week on campus the current students complete a one week “Immersion Studio.” For the Class of 2020, the theme was using computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) to encourage civic collaboration. Here are a few projects write-ups, shared on Medium:

  • Team Black Box, by Alex [link]
  • Team Station Savvy, by Kitty [link]
  • Team U Bud, by Nadia [link]

Ideation Studio

In fall quarter, Ideation Studio has student teams respond to a challenge related to changing human behavior through technology. The Class of 2019 explored the caregiver experience in healthcare. Two examples, from student portfolios:

  • Juneau: A community for new dads, by Angela [link]
  • Zenbox, by Saransh [link]

Prototyping Studio

In winter quarter, Prototyping Studio allows students to explore physical computing, hardware and software integration, and alternative input and output modalities. The Class of 2019 worked with Microsoft Education to design STEM lesson plans for middle school classrooms. Two examples, from student portfolios:

  • The Mint Challenge, by Hannah [link]
  • Trebuchet Trials, by Oliver [link]

Capstone Studio

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:

Faculty talks

  • Amy Ko, Information School, instructor for Winter Quarter “User Interface” core class. Text from MHCI+D Class of 2019 Graduation [link]
  • Michael Smith, former MHCI+D Program Director. A talk titled ‘Building Studio Culture Through Critique’ introduces many of the methods you’ll see in the MHCI+D Program. [link]
  • Audrey Desjardins, Art + Art History + Design. “Design in Living: The Ongoing Making of the Spaces We Live In,” DUB talk from November 2017 [link]

Faculty shorts on selected electives

    • 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]
    • Overview
    • 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 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:

    Contact Us

    Call with questions: 206-543-8386

    Email with questions: