Current Students

PhD Course of Study

Year 1

In their first year, PhD students in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) will progress through a common set of experiences in terms of general coursework, a preliminary exam, and selection of an advisory committee chair. You must take the following sequence of courses unless you have already satisfactorily completed one or more these courses.

Autumn

Credits

HCDE 541: Grant Writing for Career Development 4
HCDE 543: Empirical Traditions in Human Centered Design & Engineering 4
HCDE 521: HCDE Seminar Series 1
HCDE 596: Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering 1–3
Autumn Credits: 10–12
 

Winter

Credits

HCDE 542: Theoretical Foundations in Human Centered Design & Engineering 4
HCDE 544: Research Methods I 4
HCDE 596: Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering 1–3
Winter Credits: 10–12
 

Spring

Credits

HCDE 545: Research Methods II 4
HCDE 546: Design Thinking 4
HCDE 596: Directed Research in Human Centered Design & Engineering 1–3
Spring Credits: 10–12

Course descriptions are available PhD Course Descriptions page.

Students who have already completed one or more of the courses specified here should work with their advisory committee chair (or Graduate Program Coordinator) to identify appropriate alternative credits for registration.

Year 2

In the second year of the program students will begin selecting elective courses. Elective courses provide an opportunity for focused specialization, and it is important that students work closely with their PhD advisory committee chair in selecting relevant courses. Students must include at least one course in each of the four thematic areas along with additional credits to complete the minimum 30 credits of elective coursework. 

More about electives »

Course of Study Form

The Course of Study Form is a document which must be submitted to the Student Services Manager by the start of autumn quarter in the second year, before the preliminary exam. Students will update it each year as part of the annual review as well.

PhD Course of Study Form »