Admissions Process

Students are admitted to the MS in Human-Computer Interaction program only in the Fall semester; entering classes range in size from 55 to 65 students.

Applications for enrollment in the Fall semester are due February 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST. There is no advantage in submitting your application early, although we suggest not waiting until the last minute as there are often delays in obtaining transcripts and letters of recommendation. Our review does not begin until after the application due date.  

Most acceptance letters are sent by mid-March. Since admission announcements are centralized within the Graduate Office, the timing of when you will receive your admission decision is out of the MS-HCI Program's hands and will vary from year to year. Rejection letters may take much longer to be sent.

NOTE: GRE Scores are neither required nor considered for admission to the MS-HCI Program. Accordingly, GRE scores should not be submitted.

 Complete the online application

During the online application process you will be given a choice of MS-HCI for each of the four schools:

  • Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (College of Computing) (Note: within Interactive Computing)
  • Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (Industrial Design)
  • Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (Literature, Communication and Culture) (Note: within Digital Media in what is now Literature, Media and Communications)
  • Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (Psychology)

A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is expected. If your GPA is below the minimum, you are not automatically disqualified from consideration. We consider the strength of the overall application:  your educational and professional background, statement as described below, resume, portfolio and letters of recommendation.

On your application, you will be asked to explain how your background and interests prepare you to participate actively in the HCI community at Georgia Tech. Applicants to the ID track will be asked to elaborate on the factors that led them to choose the ID track.

An internet project portfolio is required by LMC and ID and is encouraged but not required by Interactive Computing. It is not required for the Psychology track.

Georgia Tech requires that all applicants demonstrate proof of English language proficiency at the time of application. This page provides details about the requirements and ways to demonstrate proficiency.

There are now two tests that can fulfill this requirement, The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, of which only one is necessary. The minimum accepted TOEFL score for the HCI program is 100, although the minimum TOEFL score of admitted students has recently been 110. The minimum accepted IELTS score is 7.5.

Tuition and fees for the program can be found on the bursar's website. Our tuition is higher than regular graduate tuition, so be sure to read down the tuition table to find MS-HCI.

If you have questions about the online application process, please refer to the FAQs for the GT Application (which also has a way to ask questions), and also the MS-HCI FAQs.

If you have questions about acceptance criteria or the curriculum or the various specializations, first review the MS-HCI FAQs, other pages under the admissions and program tabs, and then contact our program coordinator.

Last modified: Oct. 18, 2023