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HCIM Admissions

Admission Criteria

All applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School. These are:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 average GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all their post-secondary work.

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. GRE should be in the the 40th percentile or higher for Verbal scores and in the 60th percentile or higher for Qualitative scores. 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.

Application Process

The University of Maryland's Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself / Hobsons application system.

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 admissions committee 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.

Application Requirements

Graduate School application, including:

  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE Institution Code: 5814.
  • Transcripts. Uploading unofficial transcripts is sufficient for the purposes of the application review process. However, if you are offered admission and choose to enroll in the University of Maryland, you will need to provide an official and unopened transcript (see below).
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from current/former faculty members, employers, colleagues, and in rare cases personal references. Letters should not come from family members or those unable to speak to your ability to complete a graduate degree.
  • CV/Resume. ​A current resume or CV should be uploaded in the "Upload Requirements" section of the application.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE. For international students only. TOEFL score of 100 or higher.

Program-Specific Requirements:

In 1,000 words, please analyze an interface you use regularly, considering its affordances, limitations, challenges, and benefits. You may choose to evaluate a physical interface (i.e., a technological device) or a virtual one (i.e., an application, a website, etc.). Your response should include at least one visual representation (for instance, screenshots or sketches) and a written explanation of the reasoning behind your selection.

  • Portfolio - Optional, to be uploaded as "Supplementary Application Two"

If you wish to include a portfolio with your application, please upload a brief (no more than 250-word) statement describing the work you have done and a link to your online portfolio. Alternatively, you may upload a PDF portfolio, if desired. 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for admission for Fall 2017 is:

  • Domestic/International: January 13

 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. Be sure to:

  • Complete The Graduate School application along with the $75 application fee.
  • Complete program-specific requirements.
  • Confirm relevant test scores have been submitted.
  • Confirm recommendations have been submitted.

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.

 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. 

 After Admission

Admitted students who choose to enroll in the University of Maryland should be sure to:

  • Accept offer of admission according to Graduate School instructions (provided in Graduate School admission letter).
  • Have an official and unopened transcript sent to:

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

  • Complete Maryland In-State Tuition form, if applicable.
  • Provide immunization records (must be received prior to enrollment).

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.