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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.

Stuart Ough is a Human-Computer Interaction alumni and adjunct lecturer

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 Graduate 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.

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Careers in HCI

Logos of companies that have hired HCI graduates

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.

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Degree Requirements

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.)

Course Fall Spring Online
INFO H541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.) Yes Yes 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

*We advise students to take H541 before H561.

Specialization Requirements (3 cr.)

Select one course.

Course Fall Spring Online
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
INFO H517 Visualization Design, Analysis, and Evaluation​ (3 cr.) Yes No
INFO H599 Advanced Topics in Human-Centered Computing
Section: Human Machine Interface (HMI) Strategies and Design for Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystems
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 Yes  No
Other HCI graduate courses may become available and may be used to fulfill the specialization requirement.

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.