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MS Human Centered Design and Engineering

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
42000 USD
National
34600 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Department
College of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)76
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)675
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About this course

The Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) offers a Master of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering (MS HCDE) — an engineering degree. An evening program is offered through UW Educational Outreach, serving full time and part time studentsHCDE offers a Master of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering (MSHCDE). (An evening program is offered through UW Educational Outreach.) A total of 48 credits is required for the MSHCDE degree, which includes 25 credits of required HCDE graduate courses and 23 credits of approved electives. MSHCDE students may elect to pursue a master's thesis or project report with the approval of their Supervisory Committee.

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Eligibility Criteria

In making recommendations for admission, the faculty consider the following from an applicant's record:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate degree program and work experience
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (if applicable)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals and career objectives. A limited number of prerequisite undergraduate courses may be required.

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Course Modules

48 credits, to include:

Core courses (22 credits): HCDE 501, HCDE 503, HCDE 517, HCDE 518, HCDE 521 (1 credit required, max. 2), HCDE 592, HCDE 593
Specialized content areas (minimum 12 credits): minimum 4 credits in each of the three areas: research, design, and engineering. Research courses: HCDE 502, HCDE 516, HCDE 519; design courses: HCDE 508, HCDE 511, HCDE 520, HCDE 536; engineering courses: HCDE 530, HCDE 532, HCDE 537, HCDE 539. Students are encouraged to gain depth in any or all of the three areas by taking additional courses beyond the minimum.
Additional coursework to complete at least 48 HCDE credits. May include credits from electives, directed research groups, and optional internships. Students select electives based on specific academic, research, and professional goals.
Students may also pursue a formal transcripted option in User-Centered Design (UCD).

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How to Apply

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil), or a professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution.2 
  • 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.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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