Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction
The M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction is a 36-credit-hour program that integrates interactive computing, user experience (UX), usability, interaction and interface design, and the social sciences in the research, design and development of user-centered and socially acceptable interactive technologies, applications, and information systems.
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 in Indiana and worldwide, including Yahoo!, Microsoft Research, Google, Salesforce, WalmartLabs, Dell, Intel, Demandware, SAP, Roche Diagnostics, Parkview, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 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.
Student 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 our MS in HCI graduates are increasing daily.
Get in touch with our Career Services staff to explore HCI internship and full-time opportunities and prepare your portfolio to land your dream job in HCI. See our selected HCI job banks to browse just a glimpse of the the many HCI job opportunities currently available in the industry. Examples of recent job position titles our students secured include:
- User Experience (UX) Researcher
- UX Research Specialist
- UX Designer
- Search Quality Analyst
- User Interface (UI) Designer and Developer
- UX Engineer
- Product Manager
- UI/UX Architect
- Interaction Designer.
Plan of Study
Below are the degree requirements or you can download a degree map based on your start date.
- Students starting Spring 2016
- Students starting Fall 2015
- Students starting Spring 2015
- Students starting Fall 2014
- Students starting Spring 2014
- Students starting Fall 2013
- Students enrolled prior to Fall 2013
Core (24 cr.)
- INFO H541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.)
- INFO H543 Interaction Design Methods (3 cr.)
- INFO H561 Meaning and Form in HCI (3 cr.)
- INFO H563 Psychology of HCI (3 cr.)
- INFO H564 Prototyping for Interactive Systems (3 cr.)
- INFO H566 Experience Design for Ubiquitous Computing (3 cr.)
- INFO H565 Collaborative and Social Computing (3 cr.)
- INFO I501 Introduction to Informatics (3 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 and H681HCI Professional Practice 2. 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.
- INFO H680 HCI Professional Practice 1 (3 cr.) – Required for Final Project
Note: Pre-requisites: INFO H541, H561, H543, H563, and H564
- INFO H681 HCI Professional Practice 2 (3 cr.) – Required for Final Project
Note: Pre-requisites: INFO H680
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 or an equivalent research methods course decided in concert with the thesis advisor by the completion of their first year. 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.
- INFO H694 HCI Thesis (6 cr.)
Electives (6 cr.)
School of Informatics and Computing
- NEWM N505 Internship (3 cr.)
- INFO H516 Applied Cloud Computing for Data Intensive Sciences (3 cr.)
- INFO I590 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.)
- INFO B505 Informatics Project Management (3 cr.)
- INFO H550 Media and Technology Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)
- INFO H554 Independent Study in Human Computer Interaction (1-3 cr.)
- INFO I575 Informatics Research Design (3 cr.)
- NEWM N510 Web-Database Concepts (3 cr.)
- NEWM N501 Foundations of Digital Production (3 cr.)
- LIS S503 Organization and Representation of Knowledge & Information (3 cr.)
- LIS S532 Information Architecture for the Web (3 cr.)
Herron School of Art / Design Thinking & Methods*
- HER V501 Intro to Design Thinking [Fall Wks 1-8 Seminar] (1.5 cr.)
- HER V502 Intro to Human Factors in Design [Fall Wks 1-8 Seminar] (1.5 cr.)
- HER V511 People-Centered Design Research [Fall Wks 1-8 Methods] (1.5 cr.)
- HER V521 Design Analysis [Fall Wks 9-16 Methods] (1.5 cr.)
- HER V531 Design Synthesis [Spring Wks 1-8 Methods] (1.5 cr.)
- HER V541 Design Evaluation [Spring Wks 9-16 Methods] (1.5 cr.)
- HER R511 Studio: Designing Integrated Experiences 1 [Fall] (3 cr.)
- HER R512 Studio: Designing Integrated Experiences 2 [Spring] (6 cr.)
Note: Herron design courses are offered during the day. Full-time graduate students are encouraged to register for these courses as electives.
- PSY I643 Field Methods and Experiments (3 cr.)
- SOC S551 Sociological Research Methods (3 cr.)
- SOC S659 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3 cr.)
- ANTH E404 Field Methods in Ethnography (3 cr.)
- X000 Courses from the social sciences: psychology, sociology, anthropology (3 cr.)
- CSCI 507 Object-Oriented Design and Programming (3 cr.)
- CSCI 550 Computer Graphics (3 cr.)
- CSCI 552 Advanced Graphics and Visualization (3 cr.)