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International Students

The Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design welcomes and encourages international applicants. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. For more information, see the UW Graduate School’s FAQs for International Students and UW Office of International Student Services.

International applicants must meet all application requirements for the program.

Several alternate means of demonstrating English language proficiency can be found in Graduate School Memorandum #8.

If test scores are submitted as the demonstration of English language proficiency, the program requires the following minimum score on one of the tests below for an application to be reviewed:

  • Beginning with applications for Fall 2018, a TOEFLiBT score of 106, with each sub score of at least 26

If you are submitting your US degree as proof of English language proficiency, additional steps may be required, such as an interview.

The International English Language Programs offers a number of Academic English Programs for incoming students to strengthen their English language skills and become familiar with U.S. educational methods prior to starting their graduate program.

  • We no longer accept IELTS scores.

Eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Yes, the MHCI+D graduate program is a STEM program.MHCI+D graduates may be available for Optional Practical Training of 12 months and can qualify for 24 month STEM OPT extension. Contact International Student Services for current information about STEM-related training and VISA regulations.