Future Students

Academic Programs

The University of Washington's department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) currently offers four academic programs.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

HCDE undergraduate students learn design and engineering processes to solve problems through a deep understanding of people and their contexts. Students in the HCDE Bachelor of Science program graduate with an engineering degree and a strong foundation in designing user experiences and interfaces, creating information visualizations, conducting user research, designing for the web, and building web technologies. More »

Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science in HCDE prepares its graduates for leadership roles in user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction. HCDE students solve real-world problems with our award-winning interdisciplinary faculty and students from diverse professional backgrounds. More »

Certificate in User-Centered Design

HCDE's Certificate in User-Centered Design is an evening, graduate-level program for students who want to explore a wide range of issues in user-centered design. This four-course certificate focuses on usability studies, user-centered design theories, visual communication and information visualization, and web design. More »

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD in HCDE provides unparalleled depth and experience for students interested in studying the conception, design, implementation, evaluation, and effects of technologies. The HCDE doctoral program prepares students for careers as scholars and researchers through relevant coursework, mentorship from faculty, and collaboration with peers. More »