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HCI Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Successful applicants will have knowledge and skills (from either past education or work experience) in one or more of the following proficiency areas:


Proficiency in programming/scripting, including:

  • One or more languages (e.g., JavaScript, Java, C++, Python)
  • A basic understanding of programming methodologies, such as system design and architectures or problem and algorithm analysis
  • Other computing knowledge, such as artificial intelligence and database administration


Proficiency with the principles and processes of visual communication, industrial design, digital media, or other disciplines using design theory and practice, including:

  • Knowledge and application of 3D animation and/or modeling tools
  • Design methodologies for 2D and 3D product development
  • Conceptual modeling, prototyping, and product delivery
  • Fundamental concepts of visual communication (e.g., page design/layout)
  • Design principles, typography and color theory
  • Knowledge and application of a range of digital (vector and raster) authoring tools for Web or interface design

Social Sciences

  • Coursework in one or more of the following areas:
  • Psychology (general, cognitive, and behavioral)
  • Sociology and anthropology (ethnography)
  • Cross-cultural psychology and communication, information management, and/or information and library science

Application Deadlines

Degree Fall Admission Spring Admission
Master of Science and Certificates Early Action: January 15
Regular:March 15 (international students)

May 1 (domestic students)

September 1 (international students)
October 1 (domestic students)
Ph.D. December 15 N/A

How to Apply

Online Application

Complete and submit the IUPUI Graduate Online Application form. For the M.S., choose Informatics as your Academic Program and Human-Computer Interaction M.S. as your Academic Plan.  For the Ph.D., choose Informatics as your Academic Program, Informatics as your Academic Plan, and Human-Computer Interaction as your Concentration.

All documents requested below must be uploaded electronically as PDFs with the online application. Do not mail or email any supporting materials to the School of Informatics and Computing.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will not review applications until the application fee and all required materials are completed and received by the deadline indicated.

Resume and Portfolio

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) listing your education, work experience, research, honors and awards, and computer programming experience.

In addition to an updated resume or CV, applicants should submit a portfolio of projects (a link to an online portfolio or in PDF format). The applicants should also specify in the portfolio or resume their specific role and contribution to the portfolio projects. Applicants without an HCI-related background or experience should provide samples of projects completed in related areas, academic writing, published papers, software or programs, or any other evidence of scholarship or professional artifacts. There is no set format for the submission of the portfolio. The portfolio is the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate persuasively the skills, knowledge, and potential ability to engage and contribute in high-quality, creative projects in human-computer interaction.

Personal Statement

Submit a 500-750 word personal statement in your own words indicating

  • Why you’re applying to the program
  • Your post-graduation career plans

(The IU Writing Center provides instructions on how to write a personal statement and avoid plagiarism.)


Submit all transcript(s) and/or academic documents for every institution of higher education you have attended. If a transcript is not in English, please upload an English translation certified by the college issuing the transcript.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial. Your unofficial transcript will be used for application review and admission. If you are admitted, you must submit your official hard copy transcripts directly to the IUPUI Graduate School after you arrive to campus. If you are currently finishing your bachelor’s degree, you will be required to submit a document that certifies the awarding of that degree.

We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.


Submit three references from academic instructors and/or employers. To submit references, you will input contact information for each person on your electronic application. The reference will receive a form via email to fill out and submit electronically.


All Ph.D. and M.S. applicants are required to complete the GRE within the last five years. The IUPUI school code for the GRE is 1325. Enter this code on the exam’s answer sheets.


Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years if your native language is not English. Use IUPUI school code 1325.

Minimum required scores: 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS

This requirement may be waived if you are a citizen of the United States or a country where English is the official language for higher education, are completing your bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States or a country that is predominantly English speaking, or you have successfully completed ELS Level 112 or placed into G013 or higher on the IUPUI ESL Placement Test.

Application Fee

Pay your application fee of $70 through the online application.