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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.74k / 10 credits
  • Foreign: $ 7.69k / 10 credits
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January

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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

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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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