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What are HCI graduate courses like?
HCI graduate courses vary in style and structure. Typically, a graduate course of 3 credit hours requires approximately 10 hours of study every week, including class participation, reading assignments, projects, and other activity. Courses may include lectures, project work, seminar discussion on reading, individual and team work. Graduate students are expected to be well-prepared for open discussions that demonstrate a mastery of the topics outlined in weekly assignments.
What are the employment prospects of HCI graduates?
Employers from around the country are seeking highly qualified junior and senior candidates with advanced degree in HCI. The field is at an all-time high, and opportunities for HCI graduates are increasing daily. A snippet of the thousands of currently open positions can be found by browsing the HCI-specific job banks available through our Informatics Career Services: soic.iupui.edu/careers/jobs/#hci
For more information about HCI internships and job opportunities: soic.iupui.edu/careers/
How can I meet some current HCI students before applying to the program?
What programming skills do I need to be eligible for the MS program in HCI?
Successful MS students in our HCI program come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including computing, IT, design, health, communication, design and social sciences. Basic familiarity, appreciation, understanding and use of current information technology (desktop, web, mobile, tablets) is an important starting point for an advanced degree in HCI. Formal programming skills are not required, but successful students typically are familiar with a basic software-editing tool for design, such as user interface prototyping tools, web and mobile editing tools and platforms (examples range from PowerPoint to Dreamweaver). Some of these skills may also be acquired during the course of study, by means of elective courses in other schools or programs, technical seminars offered by Indiana University Technology Services (http://uits.iu.edu/page/amec ), or through self-study.
You may browse the instructions available on the syllabus of the INFO-H541 Human-Computer Interaction 1 course to find examples of skills that are basic prerequisites: http://soic.iupui.edu/courses/info-h541/
What financial support is available to new graduate students?
As a master’s or Ph.D. student, you have access to a wide range of financial assistance, including scholarships, paid assistantships, grants, loans and work-study to help reduce costs. We encourage you to investigate and pursue all options for which you are eligible: http://soic.iupui.edu/graduate/hci/financial-aid/
Do I need a GRE score to be eligible for the MS in HCI program?
You do not need to take or submit a GRE score to apply to the MS program unless you are seeking direct financial assistance (such as an assistantship or fellowship) from the from the School of Informatics and Computing, campus or university. A GRE score is not required to submit your FAFSA or to seek other federal or private financial assistance opportunities.
Although not required, having a strong GRE score is certainly a factor that significantly increases the competitiveness of your application dossier during the admissions process.
More on graduate admissions requirements: http://soic.iupui.edu/graduate/hci/masters/admissions/
Do I need a GRE score to be eligible for the PhD in HCI program?
Yes, You MUST submit an official GRE score from an exam taken within the past five years to apply to the PhD program, HCI track. More on graduate admission requirements: http://soic.iupui.edu/graduate/hci/phd/admissions/
In the online application process, I can select the Informatics Ph.D. program, but I do not see anything related to the specific HCI track. What should I do?
Clearly specify that you are applying to the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) PhD track in your personal statement. Your application will be routed accordingly.
I’ve missed the application deadline, what can I do?
You can apply anytime to IUPUI as a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) student and take up to 9 credits of graduate classes in the HCI program. The GND applications are managed at the campus level, and the process is relatively fast and straightforward.
To apply as a GND student:
If you want to take HCI graduate classes as a GND student, you must start by taking I541, I543 and I563. See MS plan of study and the Registrar website for class offering semester by semester:
You may then apply by the next deadline to the HCI program. If admitted, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as a GND student into your MS or Certificate plan of study.
If admitted, can I transfer the HCI credits taken as Graduate Non Degree (GND) student into the HCI Graduate Certificate Program?
Yes. If admitted to the Certificate program, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as GND student into your Certificate plan of study.
If admitted, can I transfer the HCI credits taken as Graduate Non Degree (GND) students into the HCI MS Program?
Yes. If admitted to the MS program, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as GND student into your MS plan of study.
I have just been admitted (to the MS or PhD program), how can I register for classes?
Here you can find the detailed instructions on how to register for classes at IUPUI: http://www.uits.iu.edu/page/anig
I have just been admitted to the MS program, what classes should I take?
We recommend following the sequence of courses semester by semester as indicated in the MS plan of study: http://soic.iupui.edu/files/ms-hci-plan.pdf
To complete the program in 2 years, we recommend taking a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 courses per semester, including in the summer. If you have doubt on which classes to take every semester, you may contact your advisor.
I have just been admitted to the PhD program, what classes should I take?
We recommend following the sequence of courses semester by semester as indicated in the PhD plan of study: http://soic.iupui.edu/files/phd-hci-plan-aug12.pdf
To complete the program in 5 years, we recommend taking a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 courses per semester, including the summer, and to become involved in research early through your advisor.
If you have doubts about which courses to take every semester, you may contact your advisor.
Can I start taking some classes without applying to the program?
Yes, you can apply anytime to IUPUI to become a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) student and take up to 9 credits of graduate classes in the HCI program. The GND applications are managed at the campus level, and the process is relatively fast and straightforward.
To apply as GND student:
If you want to take HCI graduate classes as GND student, we recommend that you start by taking I541, I543 and I563. See MS plan of study and Registrar website for class offering semester by semester: http://soic.iupui.edu/files/ms-hci-plan.pdf
You can then apply by the next available deadline to the HCI program. If admitted, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as GND student into your MS or Certificate plan of study.
How can I apply as a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) seeking student ?
To apply as GND student:
Which classes of the MS program in HCI are offered ONLINE?
The following courses of the MS program are also offered online: I541, I543, I563, I564, I561. For an overview of the courses of the MS program, semester by semester, see the MS plan of study: http://soic.iupui.edu/files/ms-hci-plan.pdf
What programs are offered completely online?
The Graduate Certificate in HCI can be completed entirely online:
Most of the classes of the MS program are offered also as online sections, but some core classes must be taken in class (e.g., Final Graduation Project classes I680 and I681, as well as I501). http://soic.iupui.edu/files/ms-hci-plan.pdf
I am a F1 Visa student, can I take online classes?
As you have an F1 Visa, and if you are planning to take ONLINE (WEB) classes please note the following:
Based on the IU International Affairs policy http://iservices.iupui.edu/visas/maintain-status/full-time-student/index.html
F1 Visa students may register up to one ONLINE (WEB) class (3 cr) per semester to maintain their visa status. Please review this policy and make sure to abide to this important requirement when planning to register to ONLINE classes at IUPUI. For further questions on your Visa status and course registration, you can contact the IU Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org .