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Future Students


HCDE offers the User-Centered Design Certificate program in conjunction with UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE), which manages the application submission process.

After being admitted, students may elect to start the program any quarter except summer quarter.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from a four-year, accredited institution, combined with a minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a related field.

How to Apply

Currently reviewing applications, the application portal will remain open through June 11th The application will open by April 5, 2021.

Students apply for admission on the UW PCE website with the following materials:

  • A typed response (500-word maximum) to these prompts:

    • How have your prior experiences (in or outside the workplace) prepared you for this program and the UX field?

    • How will the Certificate in User-Centered Design help you reach your longer-term goals?

  • A resume listing education and applicable experience

  • One set of (official or unofficial) transcripts for each school indicated on your resume

  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you must meet one of the English language proficiency listed here to enroll in a UWPCE program. Students admitted into the User-Centered Design Certificate program will be in classes with those admitted into the MS HCDE program, and must therefore meet the following minimum TOEFL scores (we are no longer accepting IELTS exams):

                   106 on TOEFLiBT (including 26 Speaking sub-score)
                   623 on TOEFLPBT
                   263 on TOEFLCBT

Applicants may include unofficial TOEFL scores with their application materials to demonstrate English language proficiency. 

For the AUT 2021 application cycle, the UW Graduate School is also temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test to assist international students with remote testing options. A minimum score of 125 is required.

Please submit all application materials to the UW PCE Registration Office online portal. 

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