Department ofHuman-Centered Computing

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction

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The M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction is a 36-credit-hour program that integrates computing, usability, interface design, the social sciences and other disciplines in the design and development of user-friendly technologies, software and information systems.

Reecha Bharali, HCI Master’s student: Collaborative projects make an impact at Informatics and Computing

As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared for a career in private industry or academia, or for admission to the Ph.D. in Informatics program with a human-computer interaction specialization. Upon or before graduation, our HCI students found full-time jobs and internships as user experience researchers and designers at top companies including Yahoo!, Dell, ExactTarget, Intel, GE, PARC, SAP and many others.

The program may be completed in two years by a full-time student. Part-time study options are available for domestic students. However, international students and any students funded directly by the School of Informatics and Computing (in the form of an assistantship or fellowship) must complete the program in two years.

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:

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.

Getting Started

Successful applicants to our master of science 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.

Prerequisites

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:

Plan of Study

Below are the degree requirements or you can download a degree map based on your start date.

Core (24 cr.)

Final Project or Thesis (6 cr.)

Final Project Option

All HCI students must complete a final project by registering for two courses: H680 HCI Professional Practice 1 (offered ONLY in the Fall) and H681HCI Professional Practice 2 (offered ONLY in the Spring). Each course includes a formally scheduled in-class time that students must attend. Students will work on one final project that extends throughout the two courses, i.e., in both fall and spring semesters. Students will receive an official grade at the conclusion of each course/semester. Students are encouraged to propose a project that can be realistically completed by the conclusion of H681, the Spring semester. Incompletes are NOT permitted.

Required Courses

Thesis Option

The Thesis option is reserved for students who possess a demonstrated ability to carry out publishable empirical research. Qualified students must find a research-active faculty member willing to advise them on a thesis by the end of the second semester.

Students taking the Thesis option must take and successfully pass I575 Informatics Research Design by the completion of their first year. They should also take an additional statistics course prior to their final regular semester (see the plan of study). As with the final project, an incomplete will NOT be permitted. It is the student’s responsibility to propose a thesis that can be completed within a two-semester timeline. To do this, students MUST provide their primary thesis advisor with a full thesis proposal and outline that includes a timeline for the writing of the thesis.

Required Course

Electives (6 cr.)

School of Informatics and Computing

Herron School of Art / Design Thinking & Methods*

Note: Herron design courses are offered during the day. Full-time graduate students are encouraged to register for these courses as electives.

Social Sciences

Computer Science