Admissions Overview

Gillian Hayes talking with students

Applications for the 20/21 year are now closed.

Please contact the MHCID program director at mhciddirector@ics.uci.edu for further information.

Admission Requirements

Required Application Materials

  • Online application https://apply.grad.uci.edu/apply/
  • 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, your future career goals, and so on.
  • Personal Statement– When applying for the MHCID program, you will be asked by UCI’s application software to complete both the Statement of Purpose and the Personal Statement. The Statement of Purpose is required for the MHCID program, the Personal Statement is NOT required. Feel free to type N/A in the Personal Statement box which will allow you to complete the application process.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 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 be notified by Graduate Division how and where to send their official transcript.
  • Choose one to send (we strongly recommend a portfolio, see the linked instructions below):

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 http://www.grad.uci.edu/admissions/applying-to-uci/english-proficiency.html)

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.