Ph.D. in HCI

CMU’s Ph.D. program in human-computer interaction is rigorous, creative, and deeply interdisciplinary.
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The small and select group of students that we admit each year study with both the founders of the field of HCI and the newest generation of top scholars. Learn more about our program.

Our doctoral students engage in research from the moment they arrive, and take courses from across the computer sciences, the behavioral sciences, and the field of design.

The HCII doctoral program offers an inspiring, collaborative, and supportive atmosphere for graduate study. PhD students with a range of backgrounds and interests are challenged with tracks allowing for specialization. HCII graduates have become the face of HCI across the world, pushing the boundaries of the kinds of problems that HCI addresses, and inventing the tools and methods used to address those problems. Our graduates carry out this mission through faculty positions in the top-ranked academic departments and positions in the major industry research laboratories.

Learn About Our PhD Program

We invite you to learn more about our PhD Program by visiting the following pages:

Becoming part of the PhD program means becoming part of our exceptional community. Please explore this website, contact our faculty, and apply to become part of our program.

Application for Fall 2022 start

Application is Closed

The application for a fall 2022 start in our HCI Ph.D. program is now closed and applicants have been notified.

The next admissions cycle will begin in the Fall of 2022 (for a Fall 2023 start).  Admissions is just once-a-year. 

Apply now for the HCI Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Our students are offering feedback on applications before you apply. Please see "CMU Graduate Application Support Program" for more information. 

If you have any questions, please email

Ph.D. Program Information

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891