Ready to apply? We are excited that you are interested in the MHCI program. You will find everything you need to know about applying to our program, what is required in your application, as well as links to useful resources like our Frequently Asked Questions.
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Preparing Your Application
Prerequisites to Apply:
Prospective students applying to the MHCI program are expected to have a bachelor's degree by matriculation for fall term. We do not require specific degrees or backgrounds. We value an interdisciplinary cohort and have students joining us with backgrounds in design, social sciences, business, computer science and more. Students also enter with varying levels of industry experience.
For consideration of admission to the MHCI program, please submit the following application materials online by 11:59 PM on the annual deadline.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendations are to be submitted online prior to the end of the application deadline. Recommenders should know you well and be able to evaluate the quality of your work. At least two of your letters should be from faculty or recent employers.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure recommenders have uploaded letters through the online application by the due date. Letters received by post will not be considered with a student's application. After you have created a profile through the graduate student online application, you will be able to send instructions to your recommenders as well as track the status of your letters online.
Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
Applicants are required to complete a one-to-two page essay as part of their application to the MHCI program. Please include your name and user ID on the essay and submit in PDF format.
This is an important component of the application, so please be concise and clearly address the following prompts:
- Your objective in pursuing a master of human-computer interaction, including your career goals and your reasons for applying to Carnegie Mellon's MHCI program.
- Your background in human-computer interaction or other fields relevant to your objective. Describe how your academic, industry or commercial experience prepares you for admission to the MHCI program.
Applicants will include a copy of their current resume in PDF format and should outline their education, work experience, research experience, publications, scholarships and honors received as well as other relevant information.
Upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts in English in PDF format. You should include transcripts for all schools you have attended. A hard copy of your transcripts will not be required until students have been accepted into the program. Upon acceptance to the program, students will receive more information.
Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test within the last five years and have their scores sent directly to Carnegie Mellon University (Institutional code 2074, Departmental code 0402.) No advanced subject test is required. Applications submitted without a GRE score will not be considered. GRE scores are only valid and accepted for the past five years.
We do not require students to meet a minimum GRE score. While your GRE score will be reviewed as an important part of your application, we take a holistic approach in reviewing applications and consider all material for each applicant.
TOEFL Scores (as required)
Applicants whose native language is not English must take this examination even if they have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. educational institution. TOEFL scores are only valid and accepted for the past two years. Institution code, 4256; Department code, 78.
For the Internet Based scores (preferred) the minimum score required is 100 with a minimum of 25 on the subsections. For the Paper Based Test, a minimum score of 600 is required.
Note: we will also accept the IELTS scores in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum band score is 8.5 overall with no sub scores less than 8.0.
Carnegie Mellon University does not require hard copies of test scores during applications. They will be marked as received once you upload them to your application, submit your application and pay the required fee. Students who have been accepted into the program will receive more information about how to send in hard copies at a later date.
If applicable for your background, applicants may include a link to their portfolios. This is not a requirement and is optional for all applying.
A $75.00 USD non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay the fee by credit card. The credit card payment system is part of the online application, and instructions are given when you submit your application. If you are unable to pay by credit card with the online application, you may pay by a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University. Please contact Nicole Willis, nicolewi [at] cs.cmu.edu, for mailing instructions.
January 31, 2017
The application for the 2017 academic year is closed.
Have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions to see if we've already answered it.
Remember that the application deadline is late January. Have you prepared these items?
- Application Fee $75.00 USD
- Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
- Portfolio (optional)
- Transcripts - from all schools attended
- Graduate Record Examination Scores— general tests
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores — if required