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PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering

The PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington provides unparalleled depth and experience for students interested in studying the conception, design, implementation, evaluation, and effects of technologies.

The University is located on a beautiful campus in the heart of the city of Seattle. HCDE is housed in the College of Engineering, and benefits from the research tradition of a leading R1 research institution.

The HCDE doctoral program prepares students for careers as scholars and researchers through relevant coursework, mentorship from faculty, and collaboration with peers. Early in the program, students may explore different topics and research areas through Directed Research Groups and other independent projects. PhD students choose their dissertation adviser within their first year and begin to focus on a research area for their dissertation.


Students in the HCDE PhD program complete a minimum of 105 credits of coursework and research as they progress toward degree completion. More »


Applicants to the HCDE PhD program are required to apply to both the HCDE department and the UW Graduate School. The application deadline is December 15 of each year. More »

Costs & Financing

Students are obligated to pay the associated tuition for courses they are enrolled in, but the department strives to fund all of its PhD students through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). More »

Faculty & Research

HCDE's award-winning, interdisciplinary faculty focus on six areas of research and teaching: influencing awareness, thinking, and behavior; design for emergent collaborations and organizations; low resource and underserved populations; material and embodied technologies, and ubiquitous computing; data visualization and big data; and learning in professional and technical environments. More »