Human Centered Design and Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.74 k / Semester(s) Foreign:$ 7.69 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
29 place StudyQA ranking:6937 Duration:24 months

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HCDE MS core and elective courses are offered in the evening to accommodate a diverse cohort of full time and part time students. Students develop portfolio quality products throughout their studies. The HCDE MS is an engineering degree. Students in the HCDE MS program have the opportunity to solve real-world problems side-by-side with our award-winning interdisciplinary faculty in collaborative teams and also work with industry partners. HCDE faculty have graduate degrees from fields such as computer science, industrial engineering, information studies, education, English, linguistics, public policy, technology and society studies, and urban planning. Students and faculty in HCDE also collaborate with other campus units through UW events, the design-use-build (dub) consortium, the Change consortium, etc. Some courses are also taught by our partners in the local high tech industry.

Program Structure

  • Theoretical Foundations of HCDE
  • Navigating Design in Organizational Contexts
  • Usability Studies
  • User-Centered Design
  • Speaker Series
  • Capstone Planning
  • Empirical Traditions
  • Experimental Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Visual Communication
  • Information Visualization
  • Design and Management of Complex Systems
  • Interaction Design & Prototyping
  • Computational Concepts in HCDE
  • Web Design Studio
  • User-Centered Web Design
  • Physical Computing and Prototyping

Bachelor's degree by the time the program begins in Autumn Quarter.Applicants with relevant experience are regularly admitted to the HCDE graduate program (even if undergraduate coursework was in a different field).One College Level Statistics ClassMany applicants have already completed this requirement through undergraduate work. If not, applicants do NOT need to complete the math prerequisite before applying to the program. If accepted, the required statistics class may be taken concurrently with other degree courses.GRE ExamHCDE does not accept GRE scores as part of our MS admission process. Our faculty use a holistic review process that takes into consideration multiple factors ranging from academic background and performance to professional experience and recommendations.

Unfortunately the MS program does not have the resources to offer direct tuition support/scholarships to students.Federal student loans may be available to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on eligibility, contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid at 206-543-6101.
Disbursement of financial aid funds from the University Student Accounts office to UW Educational Outreach is not automated. In order to facilitate the registration process, students with approved or pending financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Aid must sign and submit a UW Extension Payment Agreement Form (PDF) with their registration by fax, mail, or in person. Upon receipt, you will be enrolled and invoiced for the total fees. Payment of the invoice is due one week after the funds from financial aid are released.


The University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Individual schools and colleges are members of the various accrediting association in their respective fields. Currently enrolled or prospective students should contact the Office of the Registrar to review accreditation documents for the University and the respective departments to review programmatic accreditation documents.

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