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Career Impact

Degree Earned
Career Possibilities
Focus
Capstone or Thesis Project
Internship
MHCI+D CSE PMP HCDE MS iSchool MSIM IxD MDes
Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design Master of Science in Computer Science & Engineering Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering Master of Science in Information Management Master of Design in Interaction Design (terminal design degree)
  • User Experience Researcher
  • User Experience Designer
  • Usability Researcher
  • Interaction Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Developer
  • Prototyper
  • Project or program Manager
  • User Experience Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Researcher
  • Associate Creative Director
  • Content Strategist
  • Design Researcher
  • Director of User Experience
  • Engineer
  • Experience Strategist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Interactions Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Program Manager
  • UI Designer
  • Information Architect
  • Interaction Designer
  • Taxonomist
  • Web Computing Specialist
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse Developer
  • Principal Security Architect
  • Data & Research Analyst
  • IT Advisory Risk Consultant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Metadata Analyst
  • System Analyst
  • Senior Technical Consultant
  • Professional Services Consultant
  • Senior Interaction Designer
  • Design Researcher
  • Design Strategist
  • Creative Director
  • Professor of Design
  • Usability and user research
  • Design of interactive computing technologies
  • Prototyping interactive digital systems
  • Development of critical skills for career path enhancement for experienced software developers
  • User-centered research and design
  • Use of communication, design, and visualization methods
  • Design and prototyping of interactive products, services, platforms, and systems
  • Applies to all domains, including technology and engineering
  • Intersection between people, information, and technology
  • Developing, implementing, and managing systems of information
  • Design of interactive products and services
  • Design research and strategy
  • Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
  • Project forms the spine of studio work for first 3 quarters
  • Culminates in a full time studio during final summer quarter
  • Neither
  • Capstone project
  • Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
  • Student-driven format and topic
  • 1 credit planning course followed by a 4 credit studio course
  • Capstone project
  • Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
  • Student-directed
  • Research or design oriented
  • One-year long thesis that culminates in a design project comprised of a design project and written document
  • Thesis project identified by student as result of exploration of graduate-level themes, methods, and techniques surveyed in required graduate seminar and studio sequence in year one
  • Thesis committee selected by student and comprised of Design faculty and subject matter experts from other UW research units and industry
  • Thesis development guided by thesis committee chair who acts as the main adviser and works closely with M.Des student
  • NA
  • NA
  • Elective
  • Fulltime: Recommended
  • Midcareer: Recommended
  • Elective

Courses

Curriculum
Instructional Style
# of Required Credits by Course Type
Course Scheduling
MHCI+D CSE PMP HCDE MS iSchool MSIM IxD MDes
  • Prescribed sequence of core courses
  • Electives from sponsoring departments and UW
  • Culminates in a capstone project
  • Choice of 8 core CSE courses
  • Choice of 8 CSE colloquia courses
  • Individualized program
  • Select core courses and electives in three specialized content areas (Research, Design, and Engineering) from HCDE and UW
  • Culminates in a capstone project
  • Core courses plus specializations in
    • Business Intelligence
    • Data Science
    • User Experience
    • Information Consulting
    • Information Architecture
    • Information Security
  • Prescribed sequence of graduate seminars and studios plus elective courses in year one
  • Student-directed thesis completed in year two in close collaboration with chosen thesis committee chair and advisory committee
  • Supplement design coursework with UW electives in year one and two
  • Design studio, lectures, individual and group projects
  • Tightly integrated, project-based curriculum
  • Sequenced schedule
  • Lectures focusing on latest research and theory
  • Assignments, projects and examinations conform to time availability of full-time employed students
  • Project-based, lecture, and studio courses
  • Core courses in sequenced format
  • Flexible elective schedule
  • Lectures and project-based courses
  • IxD M.Des students take cross-disciplinary seminars and studios with M.Des students in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design. M.Des students also take studios, electives and independent studies with Design faculty
  • Special research projects are available, often with corporate sponsorship in the form of research associateships, in alignment with design faculty research, student qualifications and interest area
  • Core: 30
  • Electives: 7
  • Capstone Project: 9
  • Core: 32
  • Colloquia: 8
  • Core: 22
  • Electives: 26
  • Full-Time Core: 21
  • Electives: 44
  • Mid-Career Core: 16
  • Electives: 31
  • Core: 30
  • Electives: 35
  • Thesis: 25
  • Primarily daytime
  • Weekday evenings
  • Each course meets one night/week
  • Colloquia can be attended or viewed online
  • Primarily evening
  • Each course meets one night/week
  • Full-time or part-time students studying in the evening
  • Full-Time Core: daytime; Electives: day and evening
  • Mid-Career Core: Evenings (could include Friday) and Saturday morning; Electives: evenings, Saturday morning, online
  • Primarily daytime

UW Affiliation

College/School
Department/ Division
Faculty
Facilities
Contacts
MHCI+D CSE PMP HCDE MS iSchool MSIM IxD MDes
  • Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Jointly sponsored by College of Engineering
  • College of Arts & Sciences, ISchool
  • The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
  • College of Engineering
  • Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)
  • Students earn Engineering degree
  • Information School (iSchool)
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Art (SOA)
  • Division of Design
Interdisciplinary faculty from CSE, HCDE, ISchool, Division of Design plus external industry lecturers Dedicated CSE faculty plus some notable industry research lecturers Interdisciplinary tenuretrack HCDE faculty plus industry lecturers Dedicated iSchool faculty plus external industry lecturers Dedicated Design faculty, plus industry lecturers and UW faculty outside of Design
  • Dedicated design studio for the cohort
  • UW Campus classrooms
  • Use of CSE student computer labs
  • Design Lab with shared access for all HCDE students
  • VR Space with shared access for all HCDE students
  • iSchool classrooms
  • Shared computing labs
  • Group work space
  • School of Art building
  • Access to design studios, fabrication shops, and specialized equipment
  • Michael Smith, Program Director
  • Matt Bartels, Graduate Academic & Career Advisor
  • Dave Rispoli, PMP Advisor
  • Kathleen Rascon, Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Sean McGann, MSIM program chair
  • Stephanie White, MSIM Academic Adviser
  • Kari Brothers, MSIM Admissions Counselor
  • LAnnabelle Gould, M.Des Program Chair
  • Ann Langford-Fuchs, Academic Advisor

Time and Money

Duration
Option for full-time work while in school
Application Deadline
Number of Students Accepted Annually
Required # of Credits
Approximate Total Tuition subject to change and total credits taken
Financial Aid
MHCI+D CSE PMP HCDE MS iSchool MSIM IxD MDes
  • 1 year (4 quarters), full-time, immersive experience
  • Students are members of a cohort of peers.
  • Average 2.5 years part-time
  • Average one 4-credit PMP course and one 1-credit colloquium course per quarter
  • Liberal leave policy for full-time working professionals
  • Self-paced, flexible schedule (most full-time students graduate in 6 quarters and part-time students in 9 quarters)
  • Full-time and part-time students; many are working professionals
  • Full-Time program: 2 years, full time
  • Mid-Career program: 2 years, Evening courses (could include Friday), Saturday mornings
  • 2 years, full-time immersive experience
  • Small cohort: 6-12 M.Des students per year total (ID, IxD, an VCD M.Des concentrations combined)
No Yes Yes Full-Time: Unlikely
Mid-Career: Yes
No
Jan 12
  • Autumn Quarter: Jul. 1
  • Winter Quarter: Nov. 1
  • Spring Quarter: Feb. 1
Jan. 15 (no applications will be considered after this date)
  • Jan. 15 (Full-time MSIM deadline)
  • May 1 (Mid-career MSIM priority scholarship deadline)
  • May 31 (Mid-career MSIM deadline)
Jan. 15
30 85 75 Fulltime: 70
Midcareer: 35
2-4 IxD M.Des
6-12 M.Des in ID, IxD, and VCD combined
46 40 48 Fulltime: 65
Midcareer: 47
90
  • $46,690
  • $1,015/credit x 46 credits
  • $39,000
  • $975/credit x 40 credits
  • $36,000
  • $750/credit x 48 credits
  • Fulltime: $48,425
  • Midcareer: $35,015
  • $745/credit in both
  • $32,544
Occasionally tuition may be reduced through Fellowships and Teaching/Research Assistantships, which are offered by individual departments and based on merit. None (No TA or RA positions offered) Occasionally tuition may be reduced through Fellowships and Teaching/Research Assistantships, which are offered by individual departments and based on merit. Occasionally tuition may be reduced through Fellowships and Teaching/Research Assistantships, which are offered by individual departments and based on merit. Occasionally tuition may be reduced through Fellowships and Teaching/Research Assistantships, which are offered by individual departments and based on merit.