How to apply

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The Madeira Program will not be accepting new students for the 2017 admissions cycle.



To apply for the Master of Human-Computer Interaction program, you must submit a completed online application package together with a $75(USD) application fee no later than January 31. Applications will be available for the following year in mid-October. Successful applicants will be notified in March.

Apply online: (available between October 15th and January 31st) or send us an email to for more info. 

The program starts at HCII/CMU in Pittsburgh USA, in the fall semester. The first day of classes is the last Monday before Labor Day and a mandatory program orientation will be held during the week before classes begin. For international students (coming from outside the US) there is also a mandatory orientation that takes place two weeks before the starting date of classes.

To apply for admission to the MHCI program, please read the following instructions carefully and ensure you meet all requirements before you submit your application. Ensure that all necessary forms are included with the application. Please feel free to attach additional sheets and/or photocopy forms as necessary.

For information on the graduate admission process for US Universities please check the Guide to Graduate Degrees & Programs. The application guidelines available on the Carnegie Mellon HCII website are also a useful source of information. 

Below is an abridged guide to the key aspects of the MHCI application process. 


Application Requirements and Process


1. Application Form: When creating a new application, select the program "Master of Human-Computer Interaction - dual degree with the U. of Madeira under the CMU|Portugal partnership". It is possible to apply to the program at Carnegie Mellon at the same time and specify in order of preference between the two programs. The online application form contains detailed instructions an overview of which are presented below. 

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2. Statement of Purpose: include a concise statement containing the following information:

A. Your reason for pursuing a Master of Human-Computer Interaction degree, including your career goals, and your reasons for choosing to apply to Carnegie Mellon.

B. Your background in human-computer interaction or other fields relevant to your objective. Describe how your academic, industrial, or commercial experience prepares you for admission to the HCI program. Please ensure that your description here is consistent with your résumé. You may want to outline the areas of human-computer interaction you have already gained experience in or had exposure to.

C. Any additional details you wish to give the Admissions Committee, including any projects you have been involved with.


3. Résumé: provide a complete up-to-date résumé. Order the relevant work experiences chronologically with the most recent first. Clearly distinguish part-time, co-op, or intern work from full-time positions.


4. Transcripts: submit original transcripts (photocopies are not acceptable) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended.


5. Three Letters of Recommendation: request three letters of recommendation. If possible, at least one recommendation should be from an instructor and one should be from a professional supervisor. If you have little or no work experience, it is acceptable to provide three academic references. The recommenders you choose should know you relatively well and be able to discuss the quality of your work.


6. GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

Take the GRE general test. You should also request that ETS send an official score report of your GRE to Carnegie Mellon with institution code 2074, department code 0402. Official scores from ETS are required. Photocopies and student score reports will only be accepted for a preliminary review of your application, but no application will be considered complete until the official scores have been received. GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

You can register for the GRE General Test at the ETS registration site. The GRE General Test costs $160(USD). In Portugal the GRE General Test is given at the New University of Lisbon School of Economy - Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa - at the Campolide campus; Test Center Number: 8074 and contact phone: +351213801625. For further information about GRE test options, please email:

More information about GRE is available here.


7. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

If you are taking TOEFL you need to request that ETS send an official score report to Carnegie Mellon with institution code 4256, department code 78. More information about TOEFL is available here.

If you prefer to take IELTS you need to request that the test center sends an official score report to Carnegie Mellon, addressed to the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Att. Nicole Willis. Learn more about IELTS here.

Official scores are required. If your native language is not English, your application will NOT be considered complete without official results from TOEFL or IELTS.


8. Prerequisites: the MHCI has programming, statistics, and design prerequisites. Include in the online form any courses or experience that you believe fulfills the program prerequisites in Programming, Statistics, and Design. After admission, you will need to attach copies of the syllabus and/or web pages containing course descriptions or other documents to demonstrate your proficiency in that particular field.


9. Portfolio (OPTIONAL): if you have a portfolio or any design work you would like to submit to the Selection Committee, please include a list of URLs.


10. Application Fee: a $75(USD) application fee is due with your application. Applications not accompanied by the application fee will be considered incomplete. Please enclose a $75 U.S. bank check made payable to "Carnegie Mellon University" with your application or pay it by credit card when submitting your application (this is the preferred method if you don't own checks issued by a U.S. bank).


Submitting the application

You should submit all materials online through the CMU CS online system. Please see the Carnegie Mellon University MHCI pages for further information or email


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