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.

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We invite you to explore our website, contact our faculty, and apply to become part of our exceptional community!

Application for Fall 2020 start

Application is Open

Applications for Fall 2020 start are due December 12, 2019 at noon EST. The early deadline is December 2, 2019 noon EST.  Graduate applications are submitted via the CMU School of Computer Science common online application. If you have any questions, please email hciiphd [at]

Ph.D. Program Information

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