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.
In our applied, research-based program, you’ll focus on the end user and the experience to conceive, design and develop interactive applications that deliver results, add even more functionality to the web than thought possible, and design sought-after technologies.
The Ph.D. in Informatics with a Human-Computer Interaction specialization is 90-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. The program includes core courses, research rotations, your choice of minor, qualifying examinations and a dissertation.
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.
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.
Our Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) students take part in innovative research that directly impacts how the world uses and experiences technology and information systems. And HCI research opportunities only continue to grow as technology becomes more pervasive each and every day.
Led by our world-class faculty, you will conduct HCI and usability research that spans across multiple disciplines to include such areas as computing, communication, robotics/android science, biomedical systems and devices, human and social sciences and much more.
You must complete a minor within a domain appropriate to your choice of specialization and/or research area. All courses must be graduate-level and outside the HCI program.
Guide to the HCI Ph.D. Qualifying Exams (for students who started prior to fall 2014)
Guide to the HCI Ph.D. Qualifying Exams and Annual Review Process (for students who started from Fall 2014 onward)
A dissertation is a written elaboration of original research that makes creative contributions to your chosen area of specialization. Students will enroll multiple times in INFO I890 Thesis Readings and Research (1-12 cr.) as you work to complete your dissertation. All requirements must be completed within seven years of passing the qualifying exams. The dissertation process includes the following components:
Please refer to the IUPUI Graduate School Bulletin for more details on the dissertation process.