Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) uses research and principles from design, psychology, business, engineering and computing, you’ll create technology that not only solves problems, but also is intuitive, functional and enjoyable to use.
Human-Computer Interaction provides the answers to how Apple made the iPhone so unique, or how Amazon’s Kindle changed the way we read, or why your favorite websites are so easy to use when so many others make you want to scream.
The Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) program is a 15-credit-hour program focusing on the core theory and best practices of the discipline. All courses may be taken on-campus or via distance education.
The HCI Gradate Certificate program offers financial aid to qualified domestic applicants who are considered non-residents (for tuition purposes) of the state of Indiana. This financial aid would reduce the tuition portion of their bursar fees (the cost per credit hour) to the equivalent of the Indiana resident rate. Learn more
Careers in HCI
Employers from around the country are seeking highly qualified junior and senior candidates with advanced degrees in HCI. The field is at an all-time high, and opportunities for HCI graduates are increasing daily.
Since the beginning of the HCI program our graduates have received offers for internships and full time jobs in a variety of HCI, UX and informatics roles at a broad range of companies, including:
- 3Qi Labs
- Angie’s List
- Butler University
- eBay Inc.
- Exact Target
- Gannett Digital
- General Electrics (GE)
- Gibson Inc.
- IBM Interactive
- IU Health
- IU School of Medicine
- Kaplan Professional
- Kroeger – Human Factors Group
- National Trade Supply
- One Click Ventures
- Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
- Pearson Education
- Regenstrief Institute
- Roudebush VA Medical Center
- Small Box
- Software Eng. Professionals (SEP)
Get in touch with our Career Services staff to explore HCI internship opportunities and prepare your portfolio to land your dream job in HCI. See our selected HCI job banks to view the many HCI job opportunities currently available.
Successful applicants to our graduate certificate program must have a strong background in computing and information technology. You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the undergraduate Informatics degree.
Promising applicants lacking competencies necessary for admission may be allowed to take courses that will satisfy those requirements, as determined by School of Informatics and Computing faculty. Those courses, however, would not count towards degree or certificate completion.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (with demonstrated technical skills)
- Minimum Overall GPA: 3.0 (4.0 point scale)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from within the past five years if you are seeking direct financial assistance (such as an assistantship or fellowship) from the School of Informatics and Computing. A GRE score is not required to submit your FAFSA or to seek other federal or private financial assistance opportunities.
Successful applicants will have a foundation of core knowledge and skills (from either past education or work experience) in one or more of the following proficiency areas:
- Programming– Proficiency in programming/scripting, including:
- One or more languages (e.g., HTML, JAVA, C++ and Visual Basic)
- A basic understanding of programming methodologies, such as system design and architecture, problem and algorithm analysis
- Other systems knowledge such as artificial intelligence and database analysis/database technology
- Design– Proficiency with the principles and processes of visual communication, industrial design, new media or other disciplines that deal with design theory and practice, including:
- Knowledge and application of 3D animation and/or modeling tools
- Design methodologies for 2D and 3D product development
- Conceptual modeling, prototyping and product delivery
- Fundamental concepts of visual communication (e.g., page design/layout)
- Design principles, typography and color theory
- Knowledge and application of a range of digital (vector and raster) authoring tools for Web or interface design
- Social Sciences– Coursework in the following key areas:
- Psychology (general, cognitive and behavioral)
- Sociology and anthropology (ethnography)
- Cross-cultural psychology and communication
- Information management and/or Information and library science
All certificate requirements must be completed within three years and with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (B). Courses with a grade below a B- will not count.
Required Core (12 cr.)
|INFO H541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.)||Yes||No||Yes|
|INFO H563 Psychology of HCI (3 cr.)||Yes||No||Yes|
|INFO H543 Interaction Design Methods (3 cr.)||Yes||No||Yes|
|INFO H561 Meaning and Form in HCI (3 cr.)||No||Yes||Yes|
Specialization Requirements (3 cr.)
Select one course.
|INFO H564 Prototyping for Interactive Systems (3 cr.)||No||Yes||Yes|
|INFO H566 Experience Design for Ubiquitous Computing (3 cr.)||No||Yes||No|
|INFO H565 Collaborative and Social Computing (3 cr.)||No||Yes||No|
Note: The semester a course is offered can change. The student is responsible for checking the Registrar for confirmation.
Note: Applicants who have already earned credit for one or more equivalent courses from other institutions and programs may request to apply/transfer up to three credits toward this certificate, subject to approval. No undergraduate courses can be applied to certificate requirements.