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: Jon Froehlich, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Director: Ana Maria Pinto da Silva, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering

Primary staff contact

  • Ourania Abell, Operations Manager, 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.

  • Audrey Desjardins, Associate Professor, School of Art + Art History + Design, Division of Design
  • Kristin Dew, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Jon Froehlich, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Scott Ichikawa, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Linda Kotut, Assistant Professor, Information School
  • James Pierce, Assistant Professor, School of Art + Art History + Design
  • Ana Maria Pinto da Silva, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Jacob Wobbrock, Professor, Information School
  • Jason Yip, Associate Professor, Information School