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Admission Requirements


Applicants to the Master's program in Human Centered Design & Engineering must have a Bachelor's degree by the time the program begins in autumn quarter to be considered. Because we place great value on a variety of different perspectives, there is no specific type of Bachelor's degree (or previous course-work) that we require applicants to have. Our admitted student cohort is typically comprised of applicants divided equally between engineering/technical science, social science, and design backgrounds. The department does not collect GRE scores for the Master's program. International applicants whose native language is not English and were educated in a language other than English must meet certain language requirements. More for International Applicants »

Application Materials

The HCDE application materials include three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, an academic transcript, and a resume. Applicants submit materials to the University of Washington's Graduate School online applicationSee all application materials »


HCDE admits Master's students to begin autumn quarter only. Students are encouraged to begin collecting application materials at least two months before the deadline to ensure submission is complete on or before the due date. Please note, however, that we do not begin the review of applications until after the deadline, so there is no special incentive to apply early.

Next Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

The application for 2020 is now closed. Applications are due January 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All materials (including unofficial transcripts and recommendations) must be received by this deadline in order to be considered for the 2021 Autumn cycle.

HCDE Alumni at Work

Josh LaMar, Principal Design Research Manager, Microsoft