Admissions Overview

Gillian Hayes talking with students

Our application deadline is March 31, 2019. If you have issues with applying, contact immediately

Admissions are now open for the 2019/2020  school year. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Please contact the MHCID graduate office at or the program director at for further information.

To watch our Faculty Director’s information session about our MHCID program, click here.

Admission Requirements

Required Application Materials

  • Online application
  • Statement of Purpose — Tell us a bit about why you want to join this program, where you see this program fitting in to your broader career trajectory, and so on.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
    • For domestic students, put this in the place where it says personal history on the application
    • For international students, please email this to and our student affairs staff will add it to your application. Please mark all correspondence with MHCID.
  • Three letters of recommendation (ignore the request that is standard UCI application language that these be “instructors” in this area of study. These can–and often should–be managers, peers, or clients at work or instructors from another area of study).
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended need to be uploaded. Once a student is admitted, they will need to send official transcripts.
    send to:
    ICS Graduate Office-MHCID
    Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences 
    352 Information & Computer Science Bldg. 
    University of California, Irvine 
    Irvine, CA 92697-3430
  • Choose one to send:

For International Applicants:

  • Please note that we welcome international applicants. However, there are some important things to know about visas.
    • If you are here already on some kind of non-education related visa (marriage and family, work, etc.), you should be eligible to enroll in our program without trouble. However, we encourage you to check with our international center as well as an immigration attorney.
    • You do not need a student visa to join our program, and therefore we do not support you in getting one through the program. Because it is low-residency, meaning we do not require you to be on campus for more than a week at at time, we do not at this time have the ability to offer I-20s. Again, for additional questions, please consult with our international center and an immigration attorney.
  • TOEFL scores may be required for admissions (please check here for more information

Please note: If you are a prospective student seeking a professional UX master’s program, please select the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program. If you are a prospective student seeking a heavily research-oriented program, please select the M.S. informatics program when applying to UCI.

UCI graduate application fee ( Contact student affairs for more specific questions at