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Criteria for Admission to the HCIM Program

For all programs, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale on all academic work attempted.

Admission to the Master of  Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) is competitive. Students will be evaluated for admission to the program based on three criteria: Grade Point Average (GPA), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and admissions essays. Students may apply to the program even if they have no prior programming experience.  In such cases, the student will be required to take a programming course, as many HCIM classes require proficiency in programming.

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself / Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate School application
  • Transcripts. In the online application to the Graduate School, you will be able to upload a copy of your unofficial transcript in the Previous Education section. This is sufficient for the purpose of your application. If you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to send your official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) to:

                University of Maryland College Park
                Enrollment Services Operations
                Attn: Graduate Admissions
                Room 0130 Mitchell Building
                College Park, MD  20742

  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE/GMAT scores. The scores can be directly sent to the University of Maryland.  Our institution code is 5814. GRE and GMAT Verbal scores in the 40 percentile or higher and Qualitative scores in the 60 percentile or higher
  • For international students, a TOEFL score of 100 or higher
  • Response to admissions question:
    “What interface do you regularly use that you like or you really don't like?"
    Answers to this question must include a visual representation and a text description explaining the reason behind your selection, totaling no more than 5 pages.
  • Admissions Statement:
    Please address how the HCIM will support your educational and career goals.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions

Graduate Record Exam

All applicants for the HCIM program are required to submit GRE scores.

Please note that achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission; it only makes the applicant eligible for admission consideration. Scores earned within five years of application are required. These must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service.  The University of Maryland's institution code is 5814.

For more information on the GRE test, go to www.ets.org/gre.

 Application Checklist

The College of Information Studies will evaluate your application only when it is complete (see checklist below). We suggest that you submit your application well in advance of the application deadline. Please note that while the College of Information Studies recommends applications for admission, the official admissions decision will come from The Graduate School. 

Be sure to:

  • Complete The Graduate School application along with the $75 application fee.
  • Submit GRE/GMAT scores. Our institituion code is 5814.
  • Complete Maryland In-State Tuition form, if applicable.
  • Immunization records (if admitted, the records must be received prior to enrollment.)

Please see the Graduate School website for complete instructions on applying.

 Information for International Graduate Applicants

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documentation. Please see Graduate Admissions Process for International Applicants for more information. 

Reporting GRE or GMAT Scores

You must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) unless you are a U.S. applicant who has either a 3.25+ cumulative undergraduate GPA or have completed another graduate program. If you do not meet these criteria, you must take the GRE (Instutition Code: 5814) or GMAT (Institution Code: SQT-N8-78) and arrange for the scores to be sent to the University of Maryland. All international applicants must submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission to the HCIM program.

 Follow-Up

Applicants are responsible for the timely completion of their applications. Only complete applications will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review. Please contact the Student Services Office with concerns about missing documents. The Student Services Office maintains applications until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed.

If a student is granted admission, and then wishes instead to begin the program the following academic year, the applicant must notify the Student Services Office in writing PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester. Otherwise, the application will be withdrawn. An applicant wishing to be considered after the application has been withdrawn must again pay the required Graduate School application fee and reapply to both the Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be considered on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Student Services Office of the College of Information Studies at ischooladmission@umd.edu.