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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.

Applicants to the Master of Human-Computer Interaction program must submit these documents:

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. You will need to mail sealed official transcript(s) from each college or university attended

Please send to:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

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 official admission to the program comes from the Graduate School.  The college only recommends applicants.

Be sure to:

  • Complete The Graduate School application form with a $75 check or money order made out to the University of Maryland.
  • Mail one official copy of your transcript from each academic institution attended sent directly from the institution.
  • Upload current resume
  • Upload three letters of recommendations. Whenever possible, these recommendations should be submitted online using the Application Supplemental Form, discussed below.
  • Complete Maryland In-State Tuition form, if applicable.

Please mail your unopened, official transcripts to:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

If required, official scores of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination, sent directly to the College of Information Studies - UM from the Educational Testing Service. Our institution code is 5814.

Immunization records. (If admitted, the records must be received prior to enrollment.)

  • Applications are submitted online at the Graduate School site: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu.
  • These materials can be submitted online through the Application Supplemental Form, which is discussed in further detail below.

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

Online Submission Instructions

After completing the Graduate School application online, you will be e-mailed a password to login to your Application Supplemental Form. In most cases, students will be contacted within two business days of submitting their Online Application; during peak times, however, the notification may take as long as three to four business days.

The Application Supplemental Form is used for electronic submission of application information and documents. 

  1. Recommendation letters - make sure to enter your recommenders' e-mail addresses and all other required information into the recommendation section of the Application Supplemental Form (ASF). Your recommenders will receive e-mailed instructions on how to submit forms and letters online.
  2. Essay and Resume - These can be uploaded as attachments. Please submit as PDF or Microsoft Word files. Master’s applicants to the iSchool DO NOT need to submit the 1,000-2,000 word Personal Statement that is listed in the Application Supplemental Form.  Please note the essay for each program.
  3. Make sure that you have completed the entire supplemental application before clicking “Submit this Application” because you will not be able to go back in and make changes later.

Please mail your unopened, official transcripts to:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742


Applicants are responsible for the timely completion of their files. Only complete files 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 application files 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 file 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.