Future Students

COVID-19 Admissions FAQs

We know you have many concerns related to COVID-19. Please see here for up-to-date information related to admission for graduate programs.

The University of Washington also offers a central hub for campus-wide COVID-19 facts and resources.

Admissions for International Students

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) offers many opportunities for international students to excel in our program. We encourage international students to apply for admission as full time students in our programs.

TOEFL Requirements for International Applicants

The only standardized exam required for MS admission is for international applicants whose native language is not English and were educated in a language other than English.

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.
Human Centered Design & Engineering only accepts the TOEFL. To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the required minimum scores listed below. Please note that, due to the highly competitive nature of the admissions process and the importance of being able to communicate fluently in English in our program, we must strictly enforce these standards during application review.
  • 106 on TOEFLiBT (including 26 Speaking sub-score)
  • 623 on TOEFLPBT

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.

Sending TOEFL Test Scores

Please use UW institutional code 4854. If a department code is required, indicate 99 (Any Department Not Listed).
Please note: It may take several weeks for TOEFL scores to show as being "received" by the University of Washington. After applying, please be patient and periodically log-in to your application profile to check the status of your application. Do not contact the Graduate School or the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering to check the status of test scores or any other application materials.

International Student Visa and Employment Resources

Please direct all questions about visas, employment, OPT, and travel to UW International Student Services


Watch an Info Session

screenshotHave questions about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering? Watch an Information Session about the program, hosted by HCDE advisors Kathleen Rascon, Alex Llapitan, and program director Tyler Fox. View upcoming information sessions on our calendar.

Recorded September 2020