What will I learn?

The University of Washington's Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) prepares its graduates for leadership roles in user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction.

HCDE Master's students solve real-world problems with our award-winning interdisciplinary faculty and students from diverse professional backgrounds. A flexible schedule allows students to attend part time or full time. Courses are offered in-person and cannot be completed online.

Curriculum

Students in the HCDE Master's program take a minimum of 48 credits, 22 of which are required core courses. The remaining 26 credits include elective courses, seminars and Directed Research Groups. Upon completion of the HCDE Master's degree, students assume leadership roles in human centered design and engineering in academia, industry, government, and non-profits.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the HCDE Master's degree, students assume leadership roles in human centered design and engineering in academia, industry, government, and non-profits.

Graduates of the HCDE Master's program are able to:

  • Evaluate and understand human needs as a basis for designing and engineering new technologies.
  • Create visual, interactive, experience and systems designs and prototypes.
  • Master conceptual frameworks that motivate interdisciplinary research and design in human-centered design fields.
  • Select and critically evaluate user research methods for a variety of stakeholders and product contexts.
  • Translate organizational requirements into interface and product solutions, while accounting for all stakeholder perspectives and working ethically and collaboratively.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual forms, while scaling communications to audience needs and sociotechnical contexts.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,280.00 per year
USD $8,600 per quarter (assuming 10 credits)
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,

SEATTLE,

Washington,

98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

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.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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