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    CMU MHCI or UW MHCDE?

    Hey everyone. I've been accepted into both CMU's MHCI and UW's MHCDE programs and I've been having a difficult time making a decision between the two. If anyone here has any insights on how the programs stack up against one another I'd really appreciate hearing from you! I'll break down some info about myself and my thoughts about the programs for people to weigh in. A bit about myself: 1. Coming directly from undergrad in cognitive science, CS, and english 2. Minimal work experience (some freelance graphic design work, contract web development work, start up proof of concept & pilot project with industry partner) 3. I care about improving my skill set and gaining a variety of thoughtful portfolio projects 4. I'm looking to kickstart my career in HCI after graduation at a big 4 company Thoughts on CMU MHCI: 1. I like that the name carries weight in the industry. Hoping this will help with my lack of work experience 2. Really active and friendly alumni network. May be a consequence of the small cohorts each year? 3. All students full time, good balance of students from undergrad and from industry Thoughts on UW MHCDE: 1. Location in tech hub makes networking a lot easier. Spoken to curr students who can draw a direct line from attending networking events to their current job offers 2. Seems to also have a good amount of industry sponsored project courses 3. Program is heavily geared towards part time students/students coming from industry. Very few students coming directly from undergrad (less than 10% from undergrad in 2017-18 incoming cohort) so stats on how much grads make and their placements after the program may not be reliable indicators for me Anyone in a similar situation or have been in a similar situation please reply! Hope to hear some other people's thoughts on the matter. Thanks in advance everyone
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