Human-Computer Interaction Undergraduate Certificate

If you have an interest in how people interact with technology or computers, you like design, psychology, sociology, or any number of additional fields that HCI intersects with, HCI could be a good fit.

HCI is the branch of informatics that studies and supports the design, development, and implementation of humanly usable and socially acceptable information technologies.

Because human–computer interaction studies a human and a machine in conjunction, it draws from supporting knowledge on both the machine and the human side. On the machine side, techniques in computer graphics, operating systems, programming languages, and development environments are relevant. On the human side, communication theory, graphic and industrial design disciplines, linguistics, social sciences, cognitive psychology, and human factors such as computer user satisfaction are relevant.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of HCI, people with different backgrounds contribute to its success.

The School of Informatics and Computing is regionally accredited as a school of Indiana University by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction Certificate, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the following core competencies:

Basic Human-Computer Interaction Theory and Usability Terms, Principles and Practices

Ability to Understand and Demonstrate Basic Design and Evaluation of Interactive Products Up to the High Fidelity Prototype Stage

Getting Started

Students can seek this certificate in addition to their major or as a stand-alone certificate. Prospective students must first be admitted to IUPUI as an undergraduate student. Please email Jill Mathews at to declare the HCI certificate. For any academic advising questions, please contact our advisors at or 317-278-4636. The undergraduate HCI certificate is not currently eligible for financial aid as a stand-alone certificate.

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Certificate Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a 15-credit-hour program allowing students to become certified in the fundamental theory and application of human-computer interaction.

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