M.Sc. On Campus

Human Centered Design and Engineering

24 months
35064 USD/year
35064 USD/year
20175 USD/year
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The Human Centered Design and Engineering program from University of Washington prepares its graduates for leadership roles in user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction.


Key facts

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.


Human Centered Design and Engineering program from University of Washington is an inclusive, interdisciplinary academic community. Graduates of HCDE receive engineering degrees and find jobs as user experience (UX) researchers and designers, systems analysts, design researchers, usability evaluators, web and information developers; and more. The university is located on a beautiful campus in the city of Seattle, and our students have access to the many prominent corporations that call the Pacific Northwest home. 

Our Students

The Master's program in HCDE attracts students who are interested in researching, designing, and engineering technological interactions from a human perspective. Our students have a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, with an approximate breakdown of one-third from technical and engineering backgrounds, one-third from social sciences backgrounds, and one-third from design backgrounds. About half of our students are working professionals, studying as part-time students; the other half of our students study full-time. Our Master's student body is richly diverse; about 25% of our students are international or under-represented minorities. Our cohort is gender balanced: 50% female; 50% male.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Human Centered Design & Engineering 
  • Empirical Traditions in Human Centered Design & Engineering 
  • Navigating Design in Organizational Contexts 
  • Visual Communication 
  • Information Visualization 
  • International User Experiences and Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


48 alternative credits


On Campus

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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. Because we place great value on a variety of different perspectives, there is no specific type of Bachelor's degree (or previous course-work) that we require applicants to have. 
  • Our admitted student cohort is typically comprised of applicants divided equally between engineering/technical science, social science, and design backgrounds. The department does not collect GRE scores for the Master's program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35064 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    20175 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20175 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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