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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:

A TOEFL iBT score of 106, with a speaking sub score of at least 26. (We accept MyBest TOEFL composite scores as a means of meeting these requirements.)

An IELTS score of 7.5, with a speaking module score of 8.0.

COVID-19 Temporary options: For this current admissions cycle, a few additional options are allowed to satisfy the English language requirement: 

1. TOEFL iBT at Home is acceptable for applicants from every country except China and Iran. Minimum scores are the same as for the TOEFL iBT, above. 

2. TOEFL ITP plus for China is acceptable. Minimum score of 627. 

3. Duolingo English Test is acceptable. Minimum score of 125.

Admitted students using the TOEFL ITP plus for China or Duolingo may also need to pass the UW AEP test before beginning classes. Information about these tests and reporting scores in your application can be found on the Graduate School Admissions site here.

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

The UW 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. Only completion of the University track, now discontinued, is acceptable to satisfy the english language requirement.

Eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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