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What are HCI graduate courses like?

HCI graduate courses vary in style and structure. Typically, a graduate course of 3 credit hours requires approximately 10 hours of study every week, including class participation, reading assignments, projects, and other activity. Courses may include lectures, project work, seminar discussion on reading, individual and team work. Graduate students are expected to be well-prepared for open discussions that demonstrate a mastery of the topics outlined in weekly assignments.

What are the employment prospects of HCI graduates?

Employers from around the country are seeking highly qualified junior and senior candidates with advanced degree in HCI. The field is at an all-time high, and opportunities for HCI graduates are increasing daily. A snippet of the thousands of currently open positions can be found by browsing the HCI-specific job banks available through our Informatics and Computing Career Services office.

Where are HCI graduates getting jobs?

  • Gannett Digital
  • Dell
  • 3Qi Labs
  • IBM Interactive
  • Angie’s List
  • Butler University
  • eBay Inc.
  • Exact Target
  • One Click Ventures
  • General Electrics (GE)
  • Gibson Inc.
  • Indiana University Health
  • Intel
  • Kroeger – Human Factors Group
  • Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
  • Pearson Education
  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Roundarch
  • SAP
  • USAA
  • Yahoo!

How can I meet some current HCI students before applying to the program?

You’re welcome to get in touch with our current HCI students by contacting them directly or through our Facebook page.

What programming skills do I need to be eligible for the Master of Science program in HCI?

Successful Master of Science students in our HCI program come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including computing, IT, design, health, communication, design and social sciences. Basic familiarity, appreciation, understanding and use of current information technology (desktop, web, mobile, tablets) is an important starting point for an advanced degree in HCI. Formal programming skills are not required, but successful students typically are familiar with a basic software-editing tool for design, such as user interface prototyping tools, web and mobile editing tools and platforMaster of Science (examples range from PowerPoint to Dreamweaver). Some of these skills may also be acquired during the course of study, by means of elective courses in other schools or prograMaster of Science, technical seminars offered by Indiana University Technology Services, or through self-study.

You may browse the instructions available on the syllabus of the INFO H541 Interaction Design Practice course to find examples of skills that are basic prerequisites.

What financial support is available to new graduate students?

As a master’s student, you have access to a wide range of financial assistance, including scholarships, paid assistantships, grants, loans and work-study to help reduce costs. We encourage you to investigate and pursue all options for which you are eligible.

I’ve missed the application deadline, what can I do?

You can apply anytime to IUPUI as a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) student and take up to 9 credits of graduate classes in the HCI program. The GND applications are managed at the campus level, and the process is relatively fast and straightforward.

If you want to take HCI graduate classes as a GND student, you must start by taking I541, I543 and I563. See the M.S. plan of study and the Registrar website for class offering semester by semester.

You may then apply by the next deadline to the HCI program. If admitted, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as a GND student into your Master of Science or Certificate plan of study.

If admitted, can I transfer the HCI credits taken as Graduate Non Degree (GND) students into the HCI Master of Science Program?

Yes. If admitted to the Master of Science  program, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as GND student into your Master of Science plan of study.

I have just been admitted to the Master of Science program, how can I register for classes?

Here you can find the detailed instructions on how to register for classes at IUPUI.

I have just been admitted to the Master of Science program, what classes should I take?

We recommend following the sequence of courses semester by semester as indicated in the M.S. plan of study.

To complete the program in 2 years, we recommend taking a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 courses per semester, including in the summer. If you have doubt on which classes to take every semester, you may contact your advisor.

Can I start taking some classes without applying to the program?

Yes, you can apply anytime to IUPUI to become a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) student and take up to 9 credits of graduate classes in the HCI program. The GND applications are managed at the campus level, and the process is relatively fast and straightforward.

If you want to take HCI graduate classes as GND student, we recommend that you start by taking I541, I543 and I563. See Master of Science plan of study and Registrar website for class offering semester by semester.

You can then apply by the next available deadline to the HCI program. If admitted, you will be able to transfer up to 9 credits of HCI classes taken as GND student into your Master of Science or Certificate plan of study.

How can I apply as a Graduate Non-Degree (GND) seeking student ?

Apply as GND student.

Which classes of the Master of Science program in HCI are offered online?

The HCI program offers a growing number of classes online. For an overview of the courses of the Master of Science program, semester by semester, see the Master of Science plan of study.

I am a F1 Visa student, can I take online classes?

As you have an F1 Visa, and if you are planning to take ONLINE (WEB) classes please note the following based on the IU International Affairs policy:

F1 Visa students may register up to one ONLINE (WEB) class (3 cr) per semester to maintain their visa status. Please review this policy and make sure to abide to this important requirement when planning to register to ONLINE classes at IUPUI. For further questions on your Visa status and course registration, you can contact the IU Office of International Affairs at oia@iupui.edu .