The Master of Human-Computer Interaction program is a one-year, three-semester master's degree that is completed over the course of one calendar year.

Students are required to complete 7 core courses and 4 electives to graduate. Full-time study is defined as taking at least 36 units (four courses per semester). Most courses are 9 or 12 units each.

Domestic students are able to apply to join the MHCI program as a part-time student, but will require more time to complete it. Part-time tuition will be charged at a per-unit basis.


Tuition for the MHCI program is calculated on a per semester basis. Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $27,406 per semester for full-time students. Please note: this cost is for tuition only and does not include academic fees or other expenses. The Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees determines tuition rates, and they may experience slight changes yearly. Tuition from previous years is provided only as a tool to help students estimate general costs. It is not the guaranteed tuition rate for future years. All tuition fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

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.

The MHCI program is proud to participate in the CMU Rales Fellows program, a program that aims to develop a diverse community of STEM leaders from underrepresented or underresourced backgrounds by expanding access, eliminating cost barriers and providing holistic support. The first cohort of CMU Rales Fellows is expected to enroll for the fall 2024 semester.