Future Students

Admissions

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. Late applications are not accepted. 

Applying to the Program

Applicants submit all materials through the UW Graduate School Application. More »

Prior Academic Backgrounds

Students may be admitted to the HCDE PhD program after completing either an undergraduate degree or a master's degree in HCDE or a relevant field (up to 30 credits of master's work may be applied toward the 105-credit requirement). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of HCDE, applicants can be expected to represent a wide range of backgrounds.

International Applications

International applicants who hold an appropriate undergraduate degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply to the PhD program. Applicants admitted as full-time, on-campus students will be eligible for a visa, issued through the UW Graduate School, subject to certain restrictions and requirements. Please contact the Graduate School directly for visa information at uwgrad@uw.edu.

When preparing their applications, international students must be certain to provide legible, fully translated copies of their undergraduate transcripts.

Admissions Committee

The HCDE Admissions Committee is composed of the full HCDE graduate faculty. Each application will be reviewed by at least three of the Admissions Committee members, each of whom will rate the applicant on his or her apparent aptitude for the field, ability to think theoretically, and strength of interest in and ability to do research.