Below you will find information about the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) admission requirements for the Master of Science program.
There is a dual admission process for all graduate programs at the University of Washington (UW). HCDE applicants must apply to both the HCDE Department and the UW Graduate School. All application materials, however, are uploaded to the same Graduate School application for your convenience.
Departmental applications materials are available on the HCDE Application page. All uploaded application materials must use the PDF format. Please do NOT send (via email or postal mail) any materials directly to the HCDE department.
Note: The HCDE department will keep your application on file for one year after the application deadline. If you are not accepted, or if you decline admission, your application materials will be shredded.
Use the following links to view information about the admission process:
- Common Academic Backgrounds
- Standardized Exams
- International Applicants
- Additional UW Resources
HCDE admits students for Autumn Quarter ONLY. Students are encouraged to begin collecting their application materials at least two months before the deadline to ensure their submission is complete on or before the due date. Applicants are limited to submitting one application per academic year.
Note: HCDE's core courses are offered in the evening.
The deadlines for future quarters are:
|Autumn 2014||January 15, 2014|
|Winter 2015||No applications accepted.|
|Spring 2015||No applications accepted.|
Applicants for HCDE graduate study must hold a Bachelor's degree. Applicants with relevant experience are regularly admitted to the HCDE graduate program, even if their undergraduate coursework was in a different field. To ensure all HCDE graduate students have a basic foundation for graduate level HCDE courses, we require the following math prerequisite:
- Math Prerequisite: College Level Statistics
You do NOT have to complete the math prerequisite to apply to the program; you may take the class concurrently with other degree courses.
Human Centered Design & Engineering is an interdisciplinary program. As such, we attract applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Approximately one-third of our applicants come from technical backgrounds, one-third from social science or research backgrounds, and one-third from design backgrounds. These backgrounds include Anthropology, Architecture, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Graphic Design, History, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Informatics, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Product Design, Psychology, Sociology, Software Engineering, Technical Communication, and Web Design & Development.
HCDE does not accept GRE scores as part of our MS admission process. Our faculty use a holistic review process that takes into consideration multiple factors ranging from academic background and performance to professional experience and recommendations.
The only standardized exam required for MS admission is for international applicants whose native language is not English and were educated in a foreign language. This exam requirement is waived if the applicant holds a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.
Information regarding international degrees and language proficiency requirements can be found on the UW Graduate School International Student Application page. The UW Graduate School also maintains a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for international applicants.
The following minimum English language proficiency test scores will exempt students from Academic English Program (AEP) requirements:
- 7.0 on IELTS
- 92 on TOEFLiBT
- 237 on TOEFLC
- 580 on TOEFL
Additional information can be found in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Sending TOEFL scores: UW institutional code is 4854 and HCDE department code is 5199.
Below you will find links for UW-related information, including links for the graduate school and UW Professional and Continuing Education (PCE).
MASTER'S DEGREE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Dec 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
PhD Application--Dec 16, 2013
MS Application--Jan 15, 2014
User Centered Design Certificate Application--August 15, 2014
Application available April 2014
I Chose Human Centered Design & Engineering
"The HCDE Master's program has a structured and diverse curriculum, with courses that focus on research, design, and development. The flexibility in selecting courses has helped me pave the way towards to my professional and career goals. "
—Praveen Shekhar, MS Class of 2013