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HCIM Admissions

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, applicants to the Master of Human-Computer Interaction program must submit their application documents electronically. These documents are:

  • Graduate School application
  • Current resume
  • Three recommendations/evaluations
  • Score report on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The scores can be directly sent to the University of Maryland.  Our institution code is 5814.
  • Response to admissions question:
    “What artifact 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.
  • Undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts. Applicants can upload unofficial transcripts for the application process, and will need to submit a sealed, official transcript if the student is accepted by the graduate school. 

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 Universit yof 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 Gradate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information. 


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. To be considered for a subsequent semester, 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.