MHCI Application Process

To apply for admission, read the following instructions carefully and make certain that you have met all requirements when you submit your application, then complete the online application.

Upload your current resume. If appropriate to your background you may include a link to your portfolio.

You must upload your transcripts to the online application. 

Please note that during the admissions process hard copy test scores and transcripts no longer need to be sent via mail. They will be marked as received once you upload them to your application, submit your application and pay the required fee. Upon acceptance applicants will receive instructions on how to mail the required documents to us. Do not send anything to the admissions office at this time. 


Submit online three letters of recommendation. Recommenders should know you relatively well and be able to evaluate the quality of previous work. At least two should be from faculty or recent employers. Letters are submitted electronically, using the online application.

Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have scores sent directly to Carnegie Mellon University (Institutional Code 2074, Departmental Code 0402). All applicants must take the General tests. Applicants are not required to submit a GRE Advanced subject exam score. Please refer to the GRE testing schedule to determine available test dates. No application will be considered complete until we have received these scores. GRE scores will not be accepted if more than five years old.

Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS and have your score sent directly to Carnegie Mellon University (Institutional Code 4256, Departmental Code 78). All students whose native language is not English must take this examination even if you have earned an undergraduate degree from a U.S. educational institution.

It is your responsibility to make certain that your application, supporting documents, and letters of recommendation reach the Admissions Committee by the above stated deadlines. You may check your submitted online application to make certain that it is complete.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee is required. You may pay the fee by credit card. The credit card payment system is part of the online application, and instructions are given when you submit your application. If you are unable to pay by credit card with the online application, you may pay by a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to Carnegie Mellon University. Please contact Nicole Willis, nicolewi [at] for mailing instructions. 

Final Checklist

Remember that the application deadline is late January. Have you prepared these items?

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose
  • Portfolio (optional)
  • Resume
  • Video Essay
  • Transcripts - from all schools attended
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores— general tests
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores — if required
  • Application Fee $100.00 USD

Financial Information

The Master of Human-Computer Interaction Program does not provide students with financial support. An excellent source for general information on financial aid can be found at FinAid. The Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid website and the Carnegie Mellon Fellowships and Scholarships Office are also available for assistance and advice on obtaining loans and/or fellowships. Many students have been able to obtain funding or financial assistance from their current employers. Employees of Carnegie Mellon University often receive tuition benefits as part of the benefit package. For current Research Assistant positions and other employment opportunities on campus, please see the Human Resources Staff Job Postings. A small number of Teaching Assistant positions occasionally becomes available for enrolled students who have a computer science background. Please note: if you are employed while enrolled in the Masters program, the length of your program will be most likely extend beyond three (3) semesters. If you plan to be employed while enrolled in the program, please be sure to complete the “Employment Information” section on your application.


Tuition is determined by the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees. Please visit the Student Service Website and refer to the per semester tuition rates and fees for graduate degree students in the School of Computer Science (SCS). Full-time study is defined as taking at least 36 units or four courses per semester. Most courses are 9 or 12 units. Part-time tuition is charged at a per-unit basis.

MHCI Application is Now Open

Apply now for our next MHCI program cohort (fall 2022 start).

We will be accepting applications through January 15, 2022.

MHCI Director of Student Affairs

Nicole Willis
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
300 S. Craig Street, Suite 209
Pittsburgh, PA 15213