Ph.D. in Human Centered Design Admissions

PhD in Human Centered Design

The Ph.D. program in Human Centered Design will prepare students to analyze, create, and evaluate artifacts and/or socio-technical systems, with emphasis on the dissemination of research findings to scholarly outlets as well as practical implications to society. The program encompasses a broad range of topics including the learning sciences, computer science, human computer interaction, game development and psychology.

PhD Application Process

Applications will be available beginning September 1.

Application Deadlines: The PhD in Human Centered Design admits students twice a year, in the Fall and Winter quarters.

  • Fall quarter deadline: January 15
  • Winter quarter deadline: October 1

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution. (Degree may be earned in any field).
  • Personal statement
  • Research statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Official GRE score report of test taken within five years of the application deadline.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students. We require at least a 92 on the internet-based TOEFL, a 580 on the paper-based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS. International applicants should visit the international admission webpage for further details.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete online application and pay the $25 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. One must show the conferral of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • DePaul alumni/undergraduate students applying for graduate admission must also submit a DePaul transcript. You can request a free electronic transcript on the Student Records webpage.
  • Individuals with international transcripts need to have a course by course transcript evaluation done by one of the three evaluation companies that DePaul University accepts. For more information about this process please visit the Transcript Evaluation webpage.
  • Submit all necessary materials listed above.

Materials (international transcripts excluded) not submitted through the online application may be submitted by mail or email at the following

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Computing and Digital Media
243 South Wabash Ave.
Chicago IL 60604-2345

Credentials must be complete prior to an admission review. When important pieces of information such as transcripts are missing, the College is compelled by University regulations to withdraw the application from consideration for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted on time.

Please note that GRE and TOEFL scores MUST be official copies sent directly to CDM Graduate Admission Office by ETS. Photocopies CANNOT be accepted.

  • The Institution Code for the GRE is 1165
  • The Department Code for the GRE is 0402
  • The Institution Code for the TOEFL is 1165

The Ph.D. Admissions Committee determines which applicants will be admitted to the program. Because the School admits only a limited number of students to the Ph.D. program, meeting the admission standards does not guarantee acceptance.

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CDM Graduate Admission Office
14 E. Jackson (Daley)
Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60604

Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm

(312) 362-8714