UW Graduate School

Human-Computer Interaction + Design

By integrating several disciplines, the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program brings together design, technology, and the study of human behavior, creating students who can work seamlessly across these fields to create innovative new products, technologies and services.

In a year-long, project-based curriculum, students learn the latest tools and techniques in user experience and interface design, prototyping, user research, and evaluation. Coursework consists of both hands-on studios, often focused on industry-sponsored projects, as well as cutting-edge lecture courses. The combination of theory and practice, with an emphasis on making and doing, provides a dynamic and intensive learning experience.

Program website

Degree(s)/Certificate(s) offered

Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design

Program director/interdisciplinary group chair

  • Chair: Jeffrey Heer, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Director: Michael Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Art + Art History + Design, Division of Design

Primary Staff Contact

  • Mary Larson, Associate Director of Academic Services, Human Computer Interaction and Design

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group. For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • Jeffrey Heer, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • David Hendry, Associate Professor, The Information School
  • Andrew J. Ko, Associate Professor, The Information School
  • Sean Munson, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Katharina Reinecke, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • David Ribes, Associate Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Axel Roesler, Associate Professor, School of Art + Art History + Design, Division of Design
  • Michael Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Art + Art History + Design, Division of Design