Current Students

Certificate Completion

Students earn the Certificate in User-Centered Design upon successful completion of four of the six courses in the program: one autumn course, two in winter quarter, one in spring or summer quarter.

Most students complete the certificate within four quarters. Students are admitted to the program for a period of up to seven quarters (including summer quarter). In the event students do not complete necessary coursework within seven quarters, they can complete the program as a single course enrollee on a space available basis. To continue in the program and earn the certificate, participants are required to earn a grade of 2.7 or higher in each course, and to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B or better).

Physical Certificate

In order to request a hard copy of the certificate, students must complete the following steps after grades have been posted on your transcript for your final quarter:

  1. Fill out the UCD Completion Form.
  2. Email the UCD Completion Form and an unofficial transcript (with all four applicable courses highlighted) as two attachments. Send to the HCDE Program Coordinator ( with "[YOUR NAME] UCD Certificate Completion" as subject line.
    Your unofficial transcript is available for download by logging in to MyUW

Students can expect to receive a hard copy of their certificate in the mail in approximately four weeks.


PCE hosts a reception to celebrate all certificate graduates annually in June. Contact the Alumni Community Manager ( in PCE for more information.