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A page for candidates offered admission to the MHCI+D Class of 2020

Congratulations on your offer of admission to UW’s MHCI+D Class of 2020! We hope that you will accept this offer because you would bring unique talents, skills, and perspective to the cohort.

But we also understand that you have a big decision to make. We built this page to bring together information we hope 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 organized and curated content about the program that previous candidates have found useful. Some links lead to parts of the website you may already have seen, others are less publicly visible.

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

Special Activities

Visitors Day

We hope you can come to Seattle on April 1st and meet everyone in person. Use this link for information and how to RSVP.

Pre-decision webinars

We will offer Q&A with staff on March 22 and Q&A with current students on April 9. RSVP here.

Talk with us


Decision deadline

April 15, 2019 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 2020. Congratulations!

Please allow time for wire transfer or other financial transactions so that your $500 deposit is RECEIVED BY APRIL 15, which is a Monday. 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.


More Information

Curriculum

  • Curriculum.
  • Watch the Capstone Project Videos; these projects are the culmination of the program (not the starting point). Teams consist of three or four students and an industry sponsor to provide 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. Both short ‘concept videos’ and longer final presentation videos are available for all previous capstone projects.

Faculty

Watch and read recent talks and blogs by faculty involved with the program:

Faculty Talks

  • Michael Smith, Program Director. A talk titled ‘Building Studio Culture Through Critque’ introduces many of the methods you’ll see in the MHCI+D Program, as presented to other faculty with the goal of helping them consider how they might incorporate these techniques in other classes [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]
  • Andy Ko, Information School. A Medium post reflecting on the broader ‘DUB’ community here at the UW. Plenty of interesting thoughts in his other recent Medium posts
Faculty shorts on selected electives

    • Axel Roesler, Division of Design, School of Art, Art History + Design. Foundations of Interaction Design elective [link ] andt 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. ntro to HCI and Adv. Intro to HCI electives [link]
    • Sean Munson, Human Centered Design & Engineering. Usability Studies elective [link]

    Students

    Alumni Videos

    Andre Salyer | Alumni Success Story

    Andre Salyer, class of 2016, discusses his biggest takeaways from his time at MHCI+D with the program director, Michael Smith.

    Erica Queen | Alumni Success Story

    Erica Queen, class of 2017, describes her work and how she helps the team come together through what she learned while in the MHCI+D program.

    Student Work

    In the first week on campus the current students completed a one week “Immersion Studio” Here are a few projects write-ups, shared on Medium:

    • Team VetTags, by Alea [link]
    • Team CarePack, by Oliver [link]
    • Team CarePack, by Sayena [link]
    • Team DoVol, by Eleanor [link]
    • Team Community, by Trevor [link]
    • Team Trim, by John [link]

    Follow current activities on blogs and social media

    Career

    Costs and Finances

    • 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 students from underrepresented groups. We have had students receive this award in the past. If interested in applying, contact us immediately at mhcid@uw.edu 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 free-lance 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 and videography. 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.

    UW and Seattle HCI Community

    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:

    How To Accept the Offer of Admission

    April 15th: Acceptance and Enrollment Confirmation Deposit Due

    April 15, 2019 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 2020. Congratulations!

    Please allow time for wire transfer or other financial transactions so that your $500 deposit is RECEIVED BY APRIL 15, which is a Monday. 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.


    Contact Us

    Call with questions: 206-543-8386

    Email with questions: mhcid@uw.edu